THIS week we take a look back at an 1896 photograph of the Boar’s Head pub in Leigh.

The original Market Place public house, known as the ‘Pig’s Face’ by residents, was built in the 18th century and was also used as Lord Lilford’s Court Leet.

This criminal court dealt with small offences.

Around 1900 the pub, John Lolli's furniture store and the China Goods shop were demolished and the present building was erected, incorporating grade II listed stables.

In the 1970s Walker's wanted to dispose of the pub but residents and the Leigh People's Paper alerted councillors of the brewery's plans and it ended up staying open.

If you have a photograph you would like us to use in Look back at Leigh, send it to with your name, address and a daytime telephone number, plus details of when the picture was taken and what it shows.