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Belle green lane area
Photo: jam
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Item #: 14853
photo taken around 1959/60 (ish).... standing roughly opposite Belle Green pub. They are..Beatrice Birchall, Janice Cooper, Betty Hargreaves(Lythgoe), Barry Heaton with "Dinky" the dog!

Comment by: Joseph on 17th May 2010 at 19:53

Barry's hardley changed, he just turned into a giant.

Comment by: tony on 17th May 2010 at 21:03

busy bee chimmey in the background and the houses are the back of langdale ave

Comment by: Gerry on 17th May 2010 at 21:40

Eeeeh! The big Chimney I spent some time in there making fires, thats after Derek Rigby had pinched some matches from his dads box on the mantlepiece. I remeber a right of passage was if you could jump the gap between the concrete slabs on the "big building" it was about 10 feet off the ground the gap about four feet across. for an eight year old that might as well have been 2 miles up.

Comment by: she44 on 18th May 2010 at 05:44

r gang used to play round that chimney to happy days

Comment by: Gerry on 18th May 2010 at 09:04

This chimney was hit by lightening in the 60s and quite a number of bricks were blown out of the side luckily it was a double brick constrution so it did not collapse it stood for around 12 months in that condition. before being demoilshed and a new estate was built on the land

Comment by: dave on 18th May 2010 at 09:32

great picture is the oak tree pub nr by an is that building in the background the sub station whats still there today.

Comment by: aitch on 18th May 2010 at 10:24

not only the chimbley, but the slaggy can be seen behind it, I lived in Langdale just on the bend which is just out of shot on the right, I passed that spot everyday when worked at Smiths Dairy.

Comment by: peter frost on 18th May 2010 at 10:34

our gang from langdale avenue used to play around there too
oh Happy days
in remember beatrice and betty and barry, but cant place janice cooper though!

Comment by: josie pennington nee beckett on 18th May 2010 at 13:03

how nice to see this pic, i know barry and i seem to remember beatris the other girls names ring a bell,we all used to play around there, i remember another bit of a brick building right near the chimbly where us girls made it into a house using old bricks into chairs and a table we had peices of slate for plates and if u were lucky u had a doll for the baby,sluch& water mixed with grass was our pretend dinner,and gerry remember that woman who went mad at me and you for as she thought we were smoking but they were those trick cigs that looked like smoke was comeing out when u blew into them,she said i know who u are i'll tell ur mams, well same woman saw me & our pat playing on this building although we should have been at school,she said the same thing to us we were frightend of going home that day ,wish i could go back.

Comment by: irene roberts nee griffiths on 18th May 2010 at 15:21

I remember Janice Cooper; I believe she lives in America now.

Comment by: Dave Thomas on 18th May 2010 at 18:07

I went to Belle Green school and was in the same class as Betty Hargreaves know her husband as well Steve Lythgoe. They are now living in Cyprus and where over recently.

Comment by: irene roberts nee griffiths on 18th May 2010 at 20:05

David didn't go to Ince Central at some point did you? Your name rings a bell.

Comment by: tony on 18th May 2010 at 22:05

i lived on langdale at no10 what number was your house aitch

Comment by: peter frost on 18th May 2010 at 22:24

tony i bet you could name all the people who lived on your side of the street
from leylands, cunninghams, evans, ferns, dwyers, mitchinsons, hardmans, gaskells, whittles, ???, becks
i lived in the posh houses across the road from you

Comment by: tony on 18th May 2010 at 23:22

hi peter yer brenda was round ours the other night as for the avenue no2 armrods, greenhalgh,fish,leyland ,us, evans,fern,dwyer mitchinson,hardman,whittle,not sure brenda?,beck,thomas,lavin,after that i know a few leatherborrow,bennet, derbyshire,and jones at the end

Comment by: Dave Thomas on 19th May 2010 at 07:28

Irene' no i never went to ince central Belle Green infants then Rose Bridge.My sister went to ince central her name was Pat Warner.

Comment by: aitch on 19th May 2010 at 10:35

Tony, I lived at 22, next door to May, Bill and Brenda Heaton, (there,s someone you missed Peter) I still have 2 cousins living in Langdale, Norman and Frank, and I also have a sister in law who lived in the street, talk about all our yesterdays

Comment by: irene roberts nee griffiths on 19th May 2010 at 17:28

Josie, we used to call that slutch and water mixture "slop-dash".

Comment by: tony on 19th May 2010 at 19:47

thanks eitch for brenda s last name i been rakin mi brain you lived in the whittles house i just about remember there was alan and i think raymond and at the other side was beryl and billy i remember billy on his bike he would called it the (tank) sadly his life was cut short i remember all the street were devastated when it happned

Comment by: aitch on 19th May 2010 at 20:43

You are right there Tony, the other was Brian, I am the eldest, noe one has yet mentioned my old mate from across the road Kenny Walls, sadly he died a long time ago

Comment by: tony on 19th May 2010 at 21:14

across the road from your house as i remember was the parks, gouldings, frosts, ashcrofts,hollands,lowes,moores,duddles,brittens,and cunliffes ,but i dont remember walls

Comment by: peter frost on 19th May 2010 at 21:32

aitch and tony
you are bringing back a lot of memories here with those names.
i remember the heatons and billy hardman.
once remember billy a Puch motor bike and he were trying for hours to get it started, he was kick starting it and kick starting it but it wouldnt go.
his grandad came out to have a look and clipped billy behind his ear and said, it wont start its geet no bloody petrol in it.
we was all rolling about laughing,
he were a smashing lad was Billy

Comment by: Aitch on 20th May 2010 at 00:20

Peter, you are right and I stand admonished, it was Kenny Lowe, I think they lived a couple of doors away from you, Kenny had been in the army and had a medical problem with his back, he also had a brother with the same compaint, at my age, the memory does strange things, but they were still good days, and what ever happened with this drink we where supposed to be having

Comment by: ian heaton on 25th May 2010 at 22:12

my names ian heaton im 34 years old and barry heaton is my father really gratefull for the pic saved it as my desk top agein thanks

Comment by: john heaton on 26th May 2010 at 01:05

my names john heaton barrys son great photo thank you your right joesph he did turn in to a real giant thanks agein

Comment by: Gerry on 26th May 2010 at 21:31

Hello John and Ian your dad and I went to St Bills and then the Cardy. Ask him about running home dripping wet after falling into the canal aged about 11 or 12

Comment by: viv on 28th May 2010 at 17:36

does anyone remember my late husband albert wilson i seem to remember him mensioning some of your names he came from around this area

Comment by: peterfrost on 30th May 2010 at 08:29

i havent forgotten about that drink
Freds over from australia soon we shouls arrange a bevvie with him when he gets here
i remember an albert wilson from rose bridge school
if its the same one he would have been 62/63ish

Comment by: viv on 30th May 2010 at 19:26

hi peter yes albert would have been 62 now sadly he died 6 years ago i remember wilf frost dave thomas johny garrity jimmy metcalfe someone nicknamed(onion) many more the memories come back when i read names on the wigan world sight thanks

Comment by: Kevin heaton on 29th December 2021 at 07:05

What a great photo of my brother Barry and all the gang janice cooper lived at the top of our back yard we lived at 14 Pennington Lane our Barry myself and our sister marie where born at 14 pennington. Lane in the 1950s what great life time memories we all have

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