Not a location I recognize. Mind you I only lived in Wigan for 40 years. I was born in Dawson ave so I know Gidlow lane. Where are these houses.
Comment by Derek Platt on 8th June 2017 at 05:38
I just googled these houses and then realized there were some houses back in the day beyond an old farm on land that is now built on.
Comment by Rev David Long on 8th June 2017 at 11:38
The parents of one of the WW1 casualties listed on the Standish War Memorials lived at No. 4. He was Joseph Lythgoe, and served in the Australian Army. Most of the British records were destroyed during WW2 - but the Australian records still exist, and are very full. From them it is possible to learn a bit more than the basics.... According to the Wigan Observer notice about his death he died a hero - 'He had exhausted his last cartridge (repulsing an attack) when he met his death (by a sniper).' However, his records state he was apt to go AWOL for days on end - and was actually subject to Field Punishment No.2 for his latest offence when he was killed. He had worked at the nearby Giants Hall Pit before emigrating - seemingly without his wife Amelia, who was living at 29 Sovereign Road, Wigan when he enlisted in 1916.
Comment by Mick on 8th June 2017 at 12:41
You do come up with some very interesting facts Rev.
Comment by AP on 8th June 2017 at 17:00
Apparently. a location "Not Available" on 'Google Street View', but plenty of pics on estate agents sites when they have offered one for sale.
Comment by Gary Leece on 8th June 2017 at 17:50
AP - same with any small off street road. The Google vehicle doesn't go down. Same with Reservoir Street in Aspull.
Hughes Bros. Cheese Factors used to be along from this location. Used to work there on Saturdays and holidays in the late 60s.
Comment by Stan the man on 8th June 2017 at 19:33
Location is where the old railway line ran from Robin Hill drift mine to Gidlow wash plant . Rumour has it the train driver would sound his whistle in the late afternoon on arrival , alerting his wife to put his tea on the table !
Comment by AP on 8th June 2017 at 21:36
Does each house have one of those small plots of land facing on the other side of the road?
Looks like it could be a nice place to live.
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