The road up to the old John Pit by Mick Byrne (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
Comment by john w on 1st March 2019 at 07:44
can anyone explain why the occupants of that property keep that gate locked when that road I assume is leading to coal board land
Comment by Gary on 1st March 2019 at 08:58
My Dad, post 2nd WW, demobbed from REME went back to Horwich Works for a year before going down the mines. This was his first. Often described the long walk there, into the drift, and the same when the shift finished.
Comment by Alan on 1st March 2019 at 09:08
I assume it's to keep out folk that don't live there.
No such thing as Coal Board now.
Comment by Mick on 1st March 2019 at 10:21
When we had cut our knees on the John Pit slag heap, we used to knock on that house door and ask for a plaster.
The woman who lived there would clean up the cut and bandage it up.
Comment by Ken R on 1st March 2019 at 16:40
Thanks Mick for a lovely horrible photo. Lovely to me who had driven up there to John Pit, I worked on the the three old ladies 0-6-0 saddle tanks, shunting locomotives for the NCB, and I have a mental block I have forgotten the names, I'm sure someone will know. Cliff Moss was my mate on the surface at John Pit.
Comment by Barrie on 2nd March 2019 at 15:10
Ken R-Achilles,John & Wantage were the Locos serving John Pit in the late 50's early 60's. See Album-Assorted -NCB Locomotives Wigan Area for their photo's.
At one time to the right of the track leading to the pit were the John Pit Houses, which I assume served the pit. I was round there just over a year ago and it was overgrown now. The "modern"houses facing the main road were built in the mid 30's as my parents & 2 sisters lived in one of the them 1938/40. House name was "Padua" but didn't have a number.
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