Can you solve the riddle of Morecambe and Wise in Lodge Moor?

The Plough, Sandygate Road
Could Eric Morcambe have stayed near The Plough on Sandygate Road in 1953?

In 1953, Ernie Wise of Morecambe and Wise fame, and his wife Doreen camped in their converted Bedford bus at a petrol station in the Lodge Moor area of the city. This occurred when Morecambe and Wise were appearing in the pantomime Dick Whittington in Sheffield.

Eric Morecambe and his wife Joan had rented a house nearby and possibly, the petrol station in question was as close to them as it was practical to park a single decker bus. The question is, which petrol station?

Opinion seems to favour Sandygate Motors next to The Plough on Sandygate Road but others have been suggested.

Local artist Michael Dolby is searching for the answer for a project which he is contributing to.

Mr Dolby said: “It is one of those things that have become part of local folklore, many people have heard a variation of the story but, other than the bare fact that Ernie Wise or Doreen Wise have said in two biographies that they camped in a bus at a Lodge Moor petrol station little else seems to be certain. It would at least be nice to know and commit it to local history record.”

If anyone has any information on this, Michael would welcome an email to


3 Replies to “Can you solve the riddle of Morecambe and Wise in Lodge Moor?”

  1. That one is a much more likely candidate, actually being at Lodge Moor.
    It was still there in the late 70s.

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