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old scrap yard
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Item #: 18296
this photo were taken opposite springs branch depot in the early 1980s

Comment by: jac on 18th August 2011 at 13:58

i rememder old wagon scrapyard spent alot of time playing in there as a kid we would set of from platt bridge in morn un leave at tea time its good what memories an old photo brings back

Comment by: dave on 18th August 2011 at 17:12

aw i remember playing there we were always scared of the owners seeing us.good old days wish i could go back. thanks for sharing photo mr carter

Comment by: aitch on 18th August 2011 at 20:01

This was the site of the old Wigan Wagon Works, a business run independant from the Ince, and Central wagon, which were part of the same group

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 18th August 2011 at 20:32

I think the owners name was Roland Bradburn, he lived in Haydock. A friend and I bought a 330 Bedford diesel from him around 1978, and we changed it in the street, it started first time and ran sweet. There was no electricity at the scrap yard, Roland used to say, "I work when the sun comes up, and go home when the sun goes down"...a great character.

Comment by: GeorgeB on 19th August 2011 at 20:30

An old scrap yard - does this make it a scrap scrap yard?

Comment by: Rev David Long on 19th August 2011 at 22:24

When I was running a fleet of community transport buses from my parish in Warrington, I discovered this scrapyard as a source of spares. Here are pics of the buses:

Comment by: josie on 19th August 2011 at 22:44

my husband looked at this pic and said ,dont remember it, then he said hang on a minuet i seem to recall summat now ,he thinks it was only for wagons ? also his memory has been jogged , he rememberes another scrap yard ajaceing this one,sort of behinde laycocks was his mate gerry adamsons uncle & sumbody else owned it,he said one day him &gerry went there for an 1100 engin for his mini,as they approached there were two men there ,gerrys uncle had told them that the engin they wanted would be out and ready for them, but he had forgot, so just as alan n gerry approached gerrys uncle said oh their here now the effin pair of lazy g**** you know what these young uns are like ,al n gerry didnt know what was going on but gerrys uncle was blaming them in front of the men so as to cover himself, and alan n gerry dearnt of said owt ha ha , good times

Comment by: josie on 19th August 2011 at 23:47

rev, david i cant get on to your pics?

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 20th August 2011 at 10:05

Josie, the scrap yard your talking about near Laycocks was Lower Ince Dismantlers, it was on the site of the new doctors surgery, Phonex Way. Just to go back to scrap-yards: the word SCRAP-YARD as we no it, isn't used anymore in the motor trade. The wording has changed to Vehicle Dismantlers or used car/truck parts, Salvaged off the shelf parts. Health and Safety closed many dare I say scrap-yards just like Rolands at Spring View. Most are clean and tidy sites, well secured and safe.

Comment by: Iron man on 20th August 2011 at 13:30

scrap yards are for copper, lead, brass, steel and iron.

Comment by: Rob on 20th August 2011 at 13:37

rev long no pics, tried till the cows came home.

Comment by: aitch on 20th August 2011 at 16:31

Rob, the link works for me alright, flickr 80 buses from lower Incer.

Comment by: annette gill nee waterworth on 13th July 2012 at 12:09

I remember the old place well. We used to live no 7 malvern Crescent just off Malborough Avenue. Our house was next to field and we used go down the path to the Wagon Works. It was owned by Mr Bradbury and he used to deal with all the old wagons etc, I emember a lot of old big wagons and a lot of old military style wagons. We used always go over n take the old tyres for our Bommy at bonfire night..during the summer months we used go cockying coz there was always loads of tadpoles n newts over there. There was always a big dog {alsation I think} lurking about so we never really ventured deep inside..we used walk past it everyday to go to school, it was the wagon works on one side of us and the old church on the other. You used to go across the small field walk behind waggon works n past little river, this place was not the same one as the one further up the line that led on to where the doctors is now. They were 2 seperate yards. The 2nd yard opened out to Junction Terrace we used go there after school n collect ballbarings to play marbles, a ballbearing was worth more than marbles..

Comment by: Christine on 27th November 2012 at 13:05

Hello Anette!!!

I used to live at number 3 Malvern Crescent, I remember you and all your brothers. In fact as far as I can remember your mum still lived there when I left 35 years at the age of 20.
We sometimes used to play together and my father took a picture of us all in the garden near the sandpit. Do you remember. It would be lovely to hear from you again.

Comment by: meadows on 19th December 2012 at 23:06

my grandad James Braddock lived in Marlborough ave, back to back with Godfrey Jones. I lived there with my mum for a short while up to 1966. I also went to St Mary's school till 1970. I too, caught many sticklebacks from that stream that ran near the school.

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