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1960's map of Standish with Langtree.
Photo: Barrie.
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Item #: 33231
This map from the early 60's, I found after my Father died in '84. I often use this today against the likes of google maps or the A-Z maps as a comparison of how our village has changed over the decades. I have a similar one for Wigan from the same era. I think Father must have inked in the start of the Wigan North Link Road to M6 (now jct.27) as that opened in July 1963. Can anyone give a date when the Mere Oaks Special School at Thornhill was opened? The recent photo uploaded of Evan House farm is marked on the map as Evan Farm.

Comment by: A .Winstanley on 3rd August 2021 at 15:02

I have been trying to find out your request about the opening date of MERE OAKS thornhill and cannot find out anything with THORNHILL IN IT.,

Comment by: John on 3rd August 2021 at 16:42

A. Winstanley, Thornhill was a big house near the Standish/Wigan boundary. There is a photo of it on this site at #: 2043. Mere Oaks was originally another of the very big houses nearby.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 3rd August 2021 at 22:30

Standish is bigger than Wigan, yet they still refer to it as a "village"?

Comment by: Kim on 4th August 2021 at 07:24

Yes,the irony ! Been saying this for a very long time.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 4th August 2021 at 09:06

It was a village back in the day, it's a small town now. The locals refer to it as 'the village' in a very tongue in cheek manner these days.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 4th August 2021 at 13:36

Prior to 1969, the broken black border line would have been Wigan Borough Police’s boundary. Standish then was policed by the Lancashire Constabulary.

Comment by: alan winstanley on 4th August 2021 at 13:43

Yes i noticed someone referred to Standish as a village and that infuriates my son -in-law who was born and bred in Standish and currently lives in Chorley Road ,with my daughter he does get annoyed when its called a village ,but thanks to John informing me as to where Thornhill was ....

Comment by: Rev David Long on 4th August 2021 at 13:51

The gate posts for Mere Oaks are still standing, along the wall at the start (coming from town) of the new houses built on the site. I'd like to see a pic of the house when it was still standing.

Comment by: Cyril on 4th August 2021 at 15:37

There's a couple of threads and discussions (links below) about Mere Oaks before the school was built, which with Lizzie and Jo Heyes and their relatives residing there in the 1950s and with blue007 seeing the houses derelict in 1966 could maybe give some timeline as to when it was built

The last link includes a map posted by gaffer with a lot more definition of the area around Mere Oaks.

Comment by: MikeW on 4th August 2021 at 17:50

I would date it before 1960. Shevington High school opened in that year and it is not shown on the map.

Comment by: Mr K on 4th August 2021 at 19:48

Sorry mike but some of the roads on there didn't exist until 1968

Comment by: MikeW on 4th August 2021 at 20:29

The road I once lived on, Coach House Drive in Shevington is not shown and I was living there in 1968! Neither is my brothers in Standish Lower ground. On that basis a rather confusing and some may say pointless map, unless of course the focus is on Standish alone.

Comment by: Janette on 4th August 2021 at 21:38

Well it usually is ! Focus on Stand-off-ish I mean!

Comment by: Number 6 on 4th August 2021 at 23:02

That Janette , and that Kim too , have serious psychological problems regarding The Village . I haven't a clue where they're from , but I have noticed that when ever rancour regarding Standish is required , then rancour they produce with joyous glee . What is your problem dear ladies
or would that be telling ?

Comment by: Number 10 on 5th August 2021 at 00:22

I should imagine they find the concept of the residents of a small town creating their own individual ethnicity quite amusing.

Comment by: Kim on 5th August 2021 at 07:07

Can 't speak for 'that Janette', but this Kim is sick of hearing what a gem of a place 'St.Andish' is when in reality is an over developed area mainly of 'executive properties' that is a complete bottleneck for traffic which insists on calling itself a 'village's,cue hollow laughter ! I am actually a resident of the dark side of the moon.

Comment by: Number 6 on 5th August 2021 at 08:38

Yes , I thought there was something lunar about you .

Comment by: Janette on 5th August 2021 at 09:09

Not as much as people from Snobdish though !!!!

Comment by: Kim on 5th August 2021 at 09:15

Get over yourself Number 6,or is it 666??? Quit while your behind !

Comment by: Marie on 5th August 2021 at 09:25

Many people think Standish is an overpriced,overdeveloped area without feeling the need to constantly be singing its praises,it is an area of Wigan for goodness sake not leafy Weybridge !

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 5th August 2021 at 09:56

Number 10, I can just imagine - question, "what's your ethnicity?"
answer, "oh, Starrrndish".

Comment by: Number 6 on 5th August 2021 at 10:30

Fair do Kim , I shall quit forthwith and get over myself immediately . Plus I've no time to exchange persiflage with the lower orders .

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 5th August 2021 at 11:03

Kim, There is no Dark side of the Moon really, as a matter of fact, it's all dark :)

Comment by: Kim on 5th August 2021 at 11:47

I know,and apparently it's all a matter of opinion.

Comment by: Barrie. on 5th August 2021 at 12:36

My my, I have stirred up a hornets nest with this map. Growing up in Standish from 1945-65, Standish was a village to us and Wigan was the closest town for the main shop and in our family, education as well. Thornhill was a bus stop en-route.
A month ago I went through Standish to "Thornhill" where I parked up in Walter Scott Avenue which, at the time of this map is not shown. I was surprised how Standish has changed in the past 2 years-no "Chadwicks" to start with plus the traffic jams are back. My parents moved to Standish in 1940 and stayed there until their deaths in 1972 & 1984. I now live on the Wirral (not the posh side) but the village is still part of my "elderly life" and will visit and walk the paths of my childhood .
Now to come back to my original question with the map-Mere Oaks Sp. School is shown marked up which would possibly give some idea of the year it was issued, and when did the rail bridge at Standish Lower Ground/Crooke get demolished as that is also shown. That was always a problem driving round the bend not knowing whether you'd meet the bus coming in the opposite direction from Shevington.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 5th August 2021 at 16:23

Barrie, there is a new street that runs between the apartments opposite where Mere Oaks once stood that is called Thorn Hill Gardens

Comment by: Barrie on 5th August 2021 at 17:48

WN1, I saw the new developments as I walked back to the car, and thought how far are they going with it. all the way from Boars Head now. The next thing will be a roundabout on Wigan Lane so householders can get their cars on to it. That is what's happening on the Wirral now -mini roundabouts springing up by estates that were built a few years ago.
The reason I was asking about Mere Oaks School was because when Father passed away in 1984, I donated some of the stuffed caged animals /birds in wooden glass front cabinets that had been in the family for decades and I didn't want them. I had already approached the school Head 1st.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 6th August 2021 at 10:27

A sad day Barrie when Mere Oaks closed. I knew a teacher there and the work and ambiance they created was amazing. How those children went on when they were integrated into mainstream schools doesn't bear thinking about. I remember seeing the school when it closed and was abandoned. Even the vandals seemed to respect it, there wasn't as much as a pane of glass smashed by the time the bulldozers arrived.

Comment by: Nut on 6th August 2021 at 18:14

The school was vandalised, I was on-call at the time and received a call for people trespassing on the west coast mainline.
They had nicked the aluminium window frames and were carrying them over the track.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 7th August 2021 at 10:24

Didn't know about that Nut, but as I never saw it from that angle and have no business to have done so, I didn't see that. No respect some people. I hope their hands dropped off

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