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Plantations and Plantation Gates


Yellow Brook Bridge & the Tractor
Photo: Robert Howe
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Item #: 10761
This was taken about 1971/72. The location is at the bottom of the hill entering the plantations from the Bottling Wood entrance. In the picture (from left to right) are My cousin,Richard Kindred, My sister Linda Belshaw (nee Howe) and my brother, Gerard Howe. Sorry I don't know who the bloke is behind!

Comment by: irene roberts on 22nd May 2009 at 13:21

How wonderful to see the Haigh Hall tractor again!We used to go on Sunday afternoons and Oh! the thrill of the run down the slope just through the Plantation Gates,so cool under the trees. The fare was 3d when I was small child in the late 50s.

Comment by: stephen atherton on 22nd May 2009 at 17:42

have you got a sister called janet who used to live in cedar drive bottling wood.

Comment by: Robert Howe on 22nd May 2009 at 18:06

Yes I do have a sister Janet, she is married with 3 kids and one grandchild. I'll mention to her that you were asking after her!

Comment by: Mick on 24th May 2009 at 01:09

There always used to be a fight among kids to get the rear seats in the tractor, because they swung about to such an extent when in motion.

Comment by: bob b on 28th May 2009 at 12:37

Does anyone remember where the fairy glen is situated, I used to play near yellow brook when small but i cant seem to remember exact spot as i would like to take a look to see if its the same as i remember,

Comment by: Robert Howe on 28th May 2009 at 14:58

Hi, to get to the Fairy Glen, when you get to the main road (as on the photo), turn left. As you get to the bridge over the river Douglas, there is a footpath to the right goung downhill. Take this path until it turns sharply right and up-hill. at the top of the rise, the path splits into two, take the left hand path, then immediately right up the steps. This path then leads to the Fairy Glen. Hope this was useful!

Comment by: Kirsty Halliwell on 28th May 2009 at 15:56

Hiya Robert, I can't believe you are talking about the Fairy Glen. Nina and me was talking about this the other day trying to remember the way, now we do. Thanks pal.

Comment by: Robert Howe on 28th May 2009 at 22:20

No worries Kirsty! X

Comment by: Dr Keith Tattum on 4th June 2009 at 19:49

Richard Kindred just as I remember him! Given that I left Wigan in 1971 that's perhaps not too surprising. How is your brother Steven? Did anyone else used to wait in the rhodedendrons with the aim of jumping on the back of the tractor, but never quite making it? Might that be Terry Myers in the background?

Comment by: bob b on 5th June 2009 at 18:18

Thanks Robert Howe for info of how to get to Fairy Glen, will take a look shortly.

Comment by: Gerard Howe on 16th June 2009 at 21:50

I remember that day so well, we had all just been up to the hall. Great times we spent in the woods near Bottling Wood.

Comment by: jackie kindred on 2nd May 2013 at 15:52

Richard looks so cute always was always will be cousin jackie

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