Preston Pub Sign Photo Study Ole In The Wall

 Photo taken by me – The ‘Ole In The Wall pub sign, Preston
Preston, England
October 31, 2016 5:27pm CST
A closed pub on the Fylde Road leading out of the city and a sign bearing just the words now. Hole In The Wall pubs were common once, with a name that can have a variety of origins. When beer was brewed by housewives in private houses but still sold to tourists, travellers and army personnel it was often served through a hatch-like hole in the wall as the houses were usually too small to accommodate guests. Post-industrial revolution, pubs could often be approached by short cut footpaths through ginnels and even tunnels leading up from canal towpaths or railway tracks, with the entrance/exit coming out in a hole cut between buildings so people could be seen emerging from or vanishing into holes in the walls. The name makes me think of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid as the famous Western outlaws led an outfit calling itself The Hole In The Wall Gang. They never came to Preston though. Nowadays ATM bank-cash dispensing machines are sometimes called holes in the wall but the ‘Ole In The Wall pub is almost certainly one once approached by a shortcut path through from the nearby canal-area. Arthur Chappell
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@JohnRoberts (60971)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Nov 16
'oy! Not to be confused with Spanish Ole!
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• Preston, England
1 Nov 16
the actual spelling - not mine lol @JohnRoberts
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
1 Nov 16
There was a hole in the wall pub in Shrewsbury that dark and actually had sawdust on the floor, and served an excellent pint. I went back a decade later and it was transformed into a plastic, too bright, drink dispenser. Terrrible. They said their name came from the fact that it was once a debtors' prison and there was a hole that the inmates would beg through.
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• Preston, England
2 Nov 16
@Ronrybs always horrible when they ruin a good pub with such inimaginative refurbs
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
2 Nov 16
@arthurchappell That was a good few years ago, so it has probably undergone several more tasteless changes since then!
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@KristenH (24728)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
31 Oct 16
That's sad. Hope it can be saved.
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• Preston, England
1 Nov 16
@KristenH from the delapidation, it has been closed for a while
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@KristenH (24728)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
1 Nov 16
@arthurchappell Now that's real sad.
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@allen0187 (33857)
• Philippines
2 Nov 16
There's a restaurant with the same name here in Manila. Been to 'Hole In The Wall' a couple of times and each time is a delight!
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• Preston, England
2 Nov 16
cool, it is always good to have a place we can get such reliable service and quality food/drink @allen0187
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@allen0187 (33857)
• Philippines
5 Nov 16
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
3 Nov 16
A sign short and to the point!
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@Fleura (7194)
• United Kingdom
1 Nov 16
There used to be a place of that name here too, once, but I think the name was just a gimmick, in that case I don't think there was any historical origin.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
1 Nov 16
well I learned a few interesting things here!