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Did The Elephant Man ever go in there?

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Impossible...….he died before it opened.

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Copied from an old thread.

 

"Elephant Lane. How did Elephant Lane get it’s name?

Some would say it was due to travelling circuses visiting Donkey Common.

But according to past lore of ‘Old Uns’, at one time there was a Holy Well in the area.

It went by the name of the “Holy Font”, and in true Lank dialect, as spoke by the ‘Old

Uns’, it was called “The ‘Olly Funt”, and so, the following poem:

 

In days of ‘owd’ so we are towd,

Saint Ellen was a holy place

An’t land around Thatto Heath,

Were lark a moorland space.

Thah noes in’t middle o this land,

There wus a Holy Well,

All’t locals cawd it “T’holy Font”,

Abart it “Thowd Uns” could tell.

The Holy Font was “Olly Funt”,

To folk as lived quite near,

Ant Lane to this fountain went,

Ant water was bright and clear.

T’was “Olly Funt Lane” to thowd folk,

In gradely lanky spent,

So when maps come by learned men,

And spoke to thowd folk then.

“Olly Funt” to them was Elephant,

A corruption they would say,

But neow it’s cawd Elephant to this very day,

Not “Olly Funt” but Elephant iff tha’ asked the way."

 

https://www.sthelens-connect.net/forums/topic/77551-elephant-lane/

 

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I've heard so many different versions about where the name came from it's hard to know if any are correct. Some are amusing, some based on half truths and some versions concocted from the men who used to drink in the bar which could be taken with a large pinch of salt. My first school was nearby in Crown St so I walked past each day on my way there and worked in the bookies next door in the 70's.

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Passed the Elephant Pub earlier today, there is a plaque on the side that says 1903. :thumbup:

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Jeff, there was an earlier one called the  Elephant and Castle. It was a little bit nearer to Nutgrove Road..

 

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