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Ince Farm
Photo: Maurice Tyrer
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Item #: 15410
The old farmhouse as gone,but some outbuildings are still there,the old house was demolished to make way for the new bypass,and the bungalow built in its place,early 1980s.

Comment by: aitch on 26th July 2010 at 15:42

Are we talking Mellings farm or Ormerods???, it looks like Mellings to me, its funny its not mentioned on the Ince directory of 1925 !!

Comment by: Maurice Tyrer on 26th July 2010 at 17:45

The name of the farm is "Ince Farm" aitch.

Comment by: Maurice Tyrer on 26th July 2010 at 18:37

I got my last bit wrong Aitch,I think its just the bungalow that was named Ince Farm,the one you meant,the old one was named Lightfoot Farm,it gets a bit confusing at times.

Comment by: tony on 26th July 2010 at 22:01

where exactly was this farm was it near the slagy

Comment by: josie. on 26th July 2010 at 23:53

tony this farm was go past park under railway bridge turn sharp left up a small dirt path it was hidden really behinde all the bullrushes and stuff ,do you remember a lad called little frank, his real name was alan roberts he was our age approx well he lived in one of the cottages on that row i have fond memories of me and linda coyle walking HIM home with his scooter pushing it, he wanted a kiss from us both at the bottom of the path we both obliged ha ha good old days .

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 27th July 2010 at 11:17

It's between Ince park railway bridge and Machael Edwards car show room, then Shell petrol station. As we look over the railway line, towards Ince, Ormerods farm is there.

Comment by: Maurice Tyrer on 27th July 2010 at 11:30

You can't get to the old farm now Josie,its been sold, and the 1st turning after the bridge only goes to the bungalow,and is also a private rd.

Comment by: tony on 27th July 2010 at 19:53

josie i do remember alan roberts and i know where you mean me and alan worked together at john englands we were good mates

Comment by: tony on 27th July 2010 at 20:04

josie do you remember edward ramsdale he was in our year at cardy i am sure he lived on a farm around amberswood

Comment by: Gill on 3rd September 2020 at 16:23

This is Lightfoot Farm, Amberswood Common, lovely to see a photo of it. I used to keep a pony here in the 70s, you can see the small wooden tack room on the left at the side of the stable block. James (or Jimmy?) and Kathleen Leach owned it. He was a great man who really knew his horses. I remember him growing dahlias and they had a dog called Rex. It's now Lucky Hens Rescue farm. Mrs Mellings' farm was the other side of Manchester Rd (Seaman Way), now a nature reserve with no signs of the farm left. I recall her keeping horses and donkeys and being quite a character.

Comment by: Chris Leach on 14th January 2021 at 14:40

Agree with Gill. I was born in the farm in July 1946. My grandfather James and wife Elizabeth Leach ran the farm. My father John(Jack) Leach moved us to Norfolk when I was 10months old. Uncle Jimmy and wife Kathleen took over the farm when parents moved into Caunce Road (now demolished) Wigan. Use to visit annually and the photo evokes memories. Jimmy and Kathleen had three children: Kenneth, Kathleen (?) and Brian. Brian finally sold out. Remember Jimmy building the bungalow in the 1980's and moving out of the old farm buildings. Remember the various train tracks in operation. Still come to the area regularly to visit my wife's sister who lives in Westhoughton.

Comment by: Chris Leach on 14th January 2021 at 14:49

Gill, it would be good to have a conversation about the farm etc. Any suggestions as to how to achieve this....I currently live near Leicester

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