Comment by Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 18th April 2019 at 02:35
I knew Wigan would go to the dogs once I emigrated.
Comment by walt (north Yorks) on 18th April 2019 at 07:38
Just after the War we lived in a council house in Aspull, our house had a much smaller version of this shed in our back garden, erected by the council as a air raid shelter. Money wasn't exactly plentiful so dad and me dismantled it and sold it to a pig farmer in New Springs for a few shillings, I remember the ride back up to Aspull on the hand cart. Thankfully, no one queried as to what had happened to it and I was sworn to secrecy, oh happy days !
Comment by Susan on 18th April 2019 at 07:41
No nice scenic photos for a few days.
Comment by walt (north Yorks) on 18th April 2019 at 07:43
Alan, visited Vancouver Island some years ago, what a wonderful place. Is that old London Red bus still operating around Victoria ?. Are those world famous gardens still just as beautiful ?. Do you go Whale watching ?. I'll bet you wouldn't swap back to dear old Lancashire would you ?
Comment by Philip G. on 18th April 2019 at 08:10
Not our archetypal fettling-shed Mick; more a place for storage - and with shades of those upturned hulls once used by old Seadogs for their swag.
Comment by Veronica on 18th April 2019 at 09:04
Why would anyone leave that tin monstrosity standing it's neither use or ornament....
Comment by Cyril on 18th April 2019 at 12:29
Walt, in the 1950s we used an Anderson shelter to keep coal in. Apparently they are much sought after today, so you would get a lot more than a few shillings for one.
Comment by Gary on 18th April 2019 at 16:49
Cyril - my Grandad, Reservoir St, Aspull, kept coal in his shelter. Still in use in 1964.
Comment by Mr K on 18th April 2019 at 19:42
Been doing a bit of trespassing, Have you Mick?
I shall inform the owner.
Comment by Pw on 18th April 2019 at 20:34
what is inside?
Comment by Ken R on 18th April 2019 at 21:33
Walt, did you know a family named Burgoyne, lived on Bolton Rd. next to the old Mission church, where we lived, we used to share their shelter.
Comment by Alan (on Vancouver island) on 19th April 2019 at 00:13
Walt (north Yorks)
The answer to each of your questions is "Yes"
Warm regards to you and everyone on Wigan World.
Comment by walt ( North Yorks ) on 19th April 2019 at 07:36
Ken, yes I remember the Burgoyne family you mentioned and your family as well, Bent Houses wasn't it. Not many of these old sheds left now but ..... where we live in Nth Yorks there was in the war years several Airfields and so you still see this type of building being used by the local farmers.
Comment by Lynne on 21st April 2019 at 20:14
Come on we're in Wigan. The title should read - "The Owd Shed" As for Vancouver Island... we moved to there in the late 1990's. As nice as it is; we couldn't settle and moved back to the UK. It may not look like it to many people, but Wigan has a magic all of its own and one that is more special than many realise.
Comment by Poet on 22nd April 2019 at 09:19
The problem with Vancouver or anywhere else abroad is that you cannot nip to the Lake District.
As a regular 'nipper' to the high fells I thank God that I'm able to visit the most glorious place on earth with such ease.
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