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Opposite side to old lower ince station
Photo: David BAMFORD
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Item #: 33098
Over grown today..this area was landscaped from the old railway workings (known locally as the blackie wall as kids in 70s) The Manley pub top left and opposite the clinic?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 19th April 2021 at 18:44

Not sure of my bearings here.....That's Junction Terrace, isn't it? Or am I looking at it from the wrong angle? The Manley was painted white as far as I remember. Anyway, I am happy to stand corrected. The area between Junction Terrace and Ince Clinic was known as The Little Jungle when I was a child growing up in Ince. I remember Lower Ince Station well, It looked so small and neat from Ince Green Lane that I always called it Toytown Station.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 19th April 2021 at 20:31

I thought the 'blackie' was the wall between the sheds and Britannia Bridge School - a bit to the north of this view of High Street and the Manley, centre - north of Ince Green Lane - with the clinic annex to the Public Hall to the right. The station was the other side of Ince Green Lane - overlooked by Junction Terrace.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 19th April 2021 at 20:58

I think I was wrong with those houses being Junction Terrace.....are they actually in High Street, down by the side of The Manley?

Comment by: David Bamford on 19th April 2021 at 21:35

David the wall ran all the way up to the top of Manley st more or less, right up to the Doctor's. Great time playing out over there.. this area started to flood at some point in winter we played ice hockey on it, fun times

Comment by: Albert.S. on 20th April 2021 at 09:30

Are both railway stations in Ince Green Lane now places of the past, or is the station near to Ince Parish Church still in existence?.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 20th April 2021 at 11:20

So the wall ran along the side of Britannia Bridge School, on Warrington Road, and then turned up towards Ince Green Lane / Manley Street - behind where the photographer was stood?
I used to walk or ride through here from the newsagents on Darlington Street East almost ever day - at this time of the year the field where the railway had been was full of orchids - brought there in the slipstream of trains on the railway. They flourished thanks to an annual Autumn mowing of the grass - but, sadly, once cuts led to that stopping, rank vegetation and scrub crowded them out.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 20th April 2021 at 11:28

Yes, Albert, Ince Station near the church bridge is still in operation. You still have to walk along the elevated walkway and down the steps but the walkway is no longer under cover. Sadly, the old buildings, (waiting room, ticket office etc), are long gone. Lower Ince Station in what we used to call "The Little Jungle" is long gone.

Comment by: DerekB on 20th April 2021 at 11:37

Albert.S. The Ince station on the line from Wigan Wallgate to Manchester is still open. The other Ince station was on the Wigan Central to Manchester line and closed along with that line in 1964.

Comment by: cindy on 20th April 2021 at 12:18

Would this have been taken roughly from Where the loco shed was.

Comment by: gibo on 20th April 2021 at 13:47

The big building in the photo was the manley hotel. Lower Ince Station was
the other side of Ince Green Lane and over looked by Junction Terrace. Anyone who went to Brittanier bridge infants school will remember if you was stud in the play ground and looked to the left you would have seen the old railway shed in the mid fiftys.

Comment by: Jinksi on 20th April 2021 at 15:52

Used to take Papers on Ince Green Lane . Manley St.& Junction Terrace.The Station across from Junction Terrace is we're the Men who worked @ Irlam Steel Works got the Train to Irlam.Only went there once with my old mate Des Alker RIP to pick his Wages up .& once was enough.

Comment by: David BAMFORD on 20th April 2021 at 16:13

It was onetime back wall for the council houses out of sight to the right. The little stream witch ran down the old line was covered probably not long before i took the photo.Not sure were it ends up ? Ince brook or amberswood lake.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 20th April 2021 at 16:38

I can remember 'the jungle' too Irene my Grandma and Auntie and Uncle lived in Christopher Street and my cousins were always playing in there.

Comment by: grich on 20th April 2021 at 22:05

Its surprising how pictures and comments take you back in time, as gibo said if you were standing in Britannia Bridge playground you could see the old sheds ,and at the weekends and nights playing tick and pass or football on the field when every so often the bobbies would turn up and everybody would leg it over the blackie wall ,
I delivered papers for Masons my paper round being manley st ,winnifred st and Harvey st. and like jinski said all the men who worked at Irlam my dad included would catch the train.
My wife's mother was in in Ambleside care "home which was evidently built after the photograph was taken or it seems just being built " from the window of her room i could see where I'd spent a lot of many happy times growing up.

Comment by: Albert. S. on 21st April 2021 at 11:47

The station near to the church. So many church, and club outings, taking member’s children to Southport, left from this station. I suppose like walking days, they are all past memories. Not to be repeated.

Comment by: Owd viewer on 21st April 2021 at 14:08

There must have been more than one Blackie wall, The wall from Taylor's lane to the entrance of springs branch in spring view was also called the Blackie wall.

Comment by: Jinksi on 24th April 2021 at 10:11

Albert,used to march up Manley st from Lower Ince Labour Club led by a Police Officer on Horse Back to Ince Station.Catch the Train to Southport for our one day a year Holiday. Used to get one bag of Crisp & one Bottle of pop.once in Southport got Fish Chips & peas in Cafe top of Lord St. Had some great day's out.

Comment by: Jinksi. on 24th April 2021 at 10:25

Albert. Remember one time me & my Mam sut on a form near Pier talking to Charlie Chester who was doing a turn on Pier. Big Star then.

Comment by: Owd viewer on 24th April 2021 at 14:11

Jinksi think the Cafe was called the Star.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 25th April 2021 at 11:30

Jinksi/Owdviewer. As mentioned. Days of yore.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 25th April 2021 at 12:08

Jinksi. It must have been in the late thirties 37/38, when I went with Taylor’s Lane Methodist Chapel. I remember going. I should have thought the outings were put on the back burner during the war years.

Comment by: Myra T. on 13th May 2021 at 11:45

I was brought up in 77 Manley Street, Lower Ince and I remember the area well. There used to be a Mortons grocery shop on the apex of Ince Green Lane and Manley Street and there was a narrow laneway that ran off on the right where, as children, we used to overlook the Lower Ince train station. I went to St Mary's school, both infants and junior and often walked across the fields (forbidden) home which brought me out at that laneway. Going over the railway bridge, The Manley pub was on the left and the'jungle' on the right. Next to the 'jungle' was the clinic where we were taken from school and were the babies were taken to be weighed and vaccinated. Past the clinic and set back a little, was the Council Offices. Seems a million years ago now.

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