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The Brocket Arms

Mesnes Road (where this pub is situated) gets its unusual name as a shortened form of ‘demesnes’, meaning ‘land retained by the lord of the manor’.

38 Mesnes Road, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN1 2DD

The Brocket Arms was built by brewers Peter Walker Ltd and was officially opened by the brewery’s chairman, Lord Brocket, on 10 October 1957.

A print of Webster’s Removals, c1900, with their five ton steam driven vehicle the Foden Excelsior.

Text about William Wickham.

The text reads: As well as ministering to his flock, William Wickham, vicar of the Parish of St Andrew (from 1878 to 1916) vividly captured the appearance of Wigan and its people.

He was one of the first to take flash photographs underground, and his Douglas Bank Colliery views illustrate the daily life of the collier. Wickham’s popular lantern slide shows were used to raise money to pay for the building costs of his church school.

Prints of the miners’ strike, July-November 1893, at St Andrews soup kitchen.

Text about Thomas Linacre.

The text reads: Mesnes Road (where The Brocket Arms is situated) gets its unusual name as a shortened form of ‘demesnes’, meaning land retained by the lord of the manor (in this case the Rector of Wigan) for his own use, and not let to tenants.


The text reads: From 1519 to 1524, Thomas Linacre was Rector of Wigan. An eminent classical scholar, he taught the great Dutch scholar Erasmus and also Sir Thomas More (Lord Chancellor of England and Catholic martyr).

Linacre was also a royal tutor, a physician to both King Henry VII and his son, Henry VIII, and founded the College of Physicians, in London, of which he became the first president.

External photograph of the building – main entrance.

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