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ince council offices
Photo: Allan Hughes
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Item #: 15346
ince council offices pre 1915

Comment by: Cyril on 19th July 2010 at 23:30

I never knew that there were houses across what is now the entrance to Christopher Street.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 20th July 2010 at 10:35

Very familiar and not much has changed in almost 100 years.
The houses to the left have long since gone, now it's a small car park. The Council Offices have stood the test of time and Lower Ince Railway Station ( Junction Terrace ) can be seen in the background.
Great photo Allan.

Comment by: John on 20th July 2010 at 10:43

Cobble roads and street gas lamps, not much as changed. Arnt black and white photos much better than colour....or is it just me.

Comment by: irene roberts nee griffiths on 20th July 2010 at 12:03

This is a brilliant photo of a time long atmospheric. Thankyou for posting it.

Comment by: John on 20th July 2010 at 15:24

All the door steps as white as snow, remember the rubbing stone, use to get them off the rag and bone man.

Comment by: irene roberts nee griffiths on 20th July 2010 at 17:58

There was a little shop on the end of the little row with the white steps, (to the left of the houses shown).

Comment by: aitch on 20th July 2010 at 19:24

You are right there Irene, the shop was owned by Jimmy Evans and his wife,and was mostly a bakery, the little meat patties from there were out of this world, we had a standing order for them evey saturday, am slaverin here thinkin abowt um.

Comment by: irene roberts nee griffiths on 21st July 2010 at 10:31

If you look closely, there were also two houses between the ones shown and Christopher Street; they stood back off the road and had little gardens. You can just see the steps where the front gates were, next to what I think is a drainpipe.

Comment by: Margaret Wall on 21st July 2010 at 16:33

What a lovely nostalgic photo of a view that is very familiar to me, although I must add that this pre-dates me by many years!
You can even see a faint image of the two cooling towers behind the tree on the right. You can see them not so much looking directly at them but if you look away slightly, if this makes any sense!
Great pic.

Comment by: John on 21st July 2010 at 18:32

Margaret it won't be the cooling towers you can see the power station was only built in the late 1940's early fifties.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 21st July 2010 at 19:00

Sorry Margaret, Westwood power Station was only built in the early 1950s, this photo's 1915. After saying that I see your logic.

Comment by: Bill Chamberlain on 22nd July 2010 at 20:47

I was brought up at No 197. The last house in view before the Council offices. My family moved there in 1939. It was built in 1859. The two houses set back with gardens were older and I beleive had been a convent many years previosly. Evans's shop was previously Miss Chadwick's and she ran the shop and bakery with her two spinster sisters. The row was demolished in the eighties.

Comment by: josie pennington nee beckett on 2nd August 2010 at 21:43

margaret i dont know if you have ever seen the dvd of st williams walk day 1957 as theres a good view of the cooling towers on it

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