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Swind-led! Trouble brewing over pub’s use of fake pictures

Stately gaffe: An image of Muckross House, in Ireland, was said to be the house at Lydiard Park

A PUB chain has angered locals by using pictures taken from around the world to launch its new bar — and pretending they were shot in Swindon.

Hall & Woodhouse was accused of being ‘lazy’ and ‘insulting’ after using stock images to promote its canal-side pub in the Wichelstowe area of the Wiltshire town.

Open for business: Punters at Wichelstowe pub

One purported to show the historic estate Lydiard Park, when it was a snap of a stately home in Ireland. An image of a German locomotive was used to illustrate the town’s railway heritage, and a picture of a mall in Melbourne, Australia, was meant to be its designer outlet village.

Historian Angela Atkinson said the ‘sloppy website’ had ruined the opening of a pub that ‘celebrates’ the town’s heritage. Parish councillor Neil Hopkins said it was ‘disappointing’.

James Kirkham, of Hall & Woodhouse, insisted it was ‘always our plan to update images in due course’.