prata pickin

Started by: dorry1 (8) 

did anyone int standish /wigan area go prata pickin at ollertons farm in standish int 60iz.

Started: 7th Oct 2008 at 21:43

Posted by: lanky11 (4088) 

I went at downallgreen it was fun

Replied: 7th Oct 2008 at 21:46

Posted by: dorry1 (8) 

ya it was fun and end of day you earned 12shilling and when you got home your mother took it off ya.

Replied: 7th Oct 2008 at 21:58

Posted by: dianne (826)

we used to pick potatoes when we were kids thats till the farmer saw us he used to chase us off

Replied: 7th Oct 2008 at 22:30

Posted by: derek71 (121)

remember gooin pey pickin
ate more than i put in basket

Replied: 7th Oct 2008 at 22:34

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

Never went prata pickin, but went stawberry pickin once in Parbold in '60s. Remember there was an Italian in charge of checking your baskets of stawberries at the weigh in, he used to throw all the little or greenish ones out of the baskets whilst having a paddy, shouting and obviously swearing and calling you all the names under the sun in Italian, and woe betide you if you put any in with the stalks missing. He always seemed to be finding some fault or other with me and my mates baskets and we got fed up with it so come dinner time we legged it, we only made a few bob, but we'd scoffed quite a few bobs worth of strawberies though. Yes it was fun but you got a stiff back next morn too which wasn't.

Replied: 7th Oct 2008 at 22:41
Last edited by ayrefield: 7th Oct 2008 at 22:43:32

Posted by: soulie147 (1499) 

A gang ov us used to go strawberry pickin in burcough, and prata pickin as weel i think that wuz burscough ...Oh eye and peys gawd we was all fartin like troopers ont way home we had a great laff tho

Replied: 7th Oct 2008 at 23:22

Posted by: dlanor (412)

used to go pickin spuds at waddy's farm, cocks lump! we used to wear A brat ( sack ) to collect the spuds and we used to have us baggin in't barn

Replied: 9th Oct 2008 at 10:02

Posted by: ann-spam (3470) 

went to burscough pickin loads people from wigan catchin train no trouble ever

Replied: 9th Oct 2008 at 19:25

Posted by: reddi8 (1107)

my sister used to pick up the pea and potato pickers from Shevington to work on her farm in Newburgh. My partner used to potato pick at the Castelli farm in Standish.

Replied: 11th Oct 2008 at 22:21

Posted by: bentlegs (4626)

One Shilling a day we got for picking pratas & it was bloody hard work but you got time off school, 1948-49.

Replied: 4th Nov 2008 at 19:05

Posted by: mojim (1679)

Went pea pickin' in the fifties Burscough and Parbold,loved every minute and made some good money,plenty of fresh air,isn't it funny when you look back on your youth it was always sunshining,you never remember the rainy days.

Replied: 4th Nov 2008 at 19:31

Posted by: sydneylass (2346) 

We did every pickin you can think off
Off we went for the day with a bottle o water and some jam butties hard work but we didn't care as long as we got a few bob at the end of the day.

Replied: 5th Nov 2008 at 09:04

Posted by: mojim (1679)

Sydneylass,when you think about it,did'nt we get to a lot of places on jam butties and a bottle of water.

Replied: 5th Nov 2008 at 11:22

Posted by: ststephens97 (inactive)

no, but i used to go potato picking

Replied: 5th Nov 2008 at 13:01

Posted by: xrh59 (inactive)

Nit picking was popular in our school,it was usually done by the kids with purple faces(Gentian violet) and a piece of elasterplast over one side of their specs.
My prata pickin' was done on George's farm Ince common.

Replied: 5th Nov 2008 at 13:35

Posted by: ststephens97 (inactive)

ee bye gum ure ded t'reet theyar lad, an wi med prata pie an miscellaneous prata jakbit, aye grand then ad gu eeet w ten shillin un ave a dozen paaants, un then chippy supper an t flicks an ave chenge out me shillin aye a did

Replied: 5th Nov 2008 at 13:50

Posted by: sydneylass (2346) 

We didn't come to any harm either mojim.
No fizzy soft drinks fer us except for a treat once in a while if me mam won at bingo. Dandelion n Burdock yum.

Replied: 6th Nov 2008 at 09:48

Posted by: sydneylass (2346) 

Done me fair share of nit pickin too xrh with six litle brothers and sisters, I think me mam had share in Suleo (not sure how you spell it)

Replied: 6th Nov 2008 at 09:50

Posted by: joani (10)

I remember going pea picking in Parbold and burscough we used to go on the train from wallgate then the farmers would pick us up in trucks and take us to the field that was to be picked this was our annual holiday for many of us I loved it you used to get two shillings and six pence per hamper of peas or (twelve and a half pence) and sometimes we might get a cauli that we had nicked out of one of the fields thier was a big Irish man worked on the farm his name was Martin oh what memories these kids dont know there born my mam worked all year then in the summer we did this

Replied: 13th Feb 2009 at 23:19

Posted by: brenn65 (473)

went strawberry picking in the seventies in parbold think we got 5p a punnet

Replied: 13th Feb 2009 at 23:28

Posted by: sydneylass (2346) 

When we were kids in the school holidays we also used to also go and help on mi dads mates farm at Marsh Green, Mr Philbin. Some of you from that area might know the family? Apparently he went on to be one of the biggest pig farmers in Europe? Lovely family with very well educated kids, most of who went on to do very well in life. A smack in the face for those at school who used to tease them for smelling like pig manure and thinking they were the bumpkin farmers kids

Replied: 13th Feb 2009 at 23:37

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

Mr Philbin lived at Walthew House Farm, he used to come across to the Martland Bridge Inn almost every evening for a pint or (many). Nice big Irish Chap. I remember him well

Replied: 14th Feb 2009 at 01:28

Posted by: bennielechat (5762)

Potato picking at Castellis dowm Arbour Lane, Standish; never ached so much the day after.

Replied: 14th Feb 2009 at 08:17

Posted by: sydneylass (2346) 

art he was one of mi old dads best friends you probably know him too everyone called him Big Jim "nice big Irish chap" too

Replied: 14th Feb 2009 at 10:44

Posted by: dave marsh (inactive)

We used to get an early train to Parbold in the 1950's.A lorry would be waiting to take us out to the strawberry fields where we would spend the day picking and eating strawberries.You were given tokens at the weigh in which couldn't be cashed until the end of the day so there was no early finishing for us poor little lads.

Replied: 14th Feb 2009 at 15:29

Posted by: jeanb1 (94)

i went to valentines farm at appley bridge every year during school holidays, it was hard graft but loved every minute. farmers wife used to bring us a brew and it had a lovely taste. kids these days should do it to earn their own money. oh happy days

Replied: 14th Feb 2009 at 16:23

Posted by: john joseph (3197)

I still go pea/strawberry picking near Parbold every year but now instead of them paying you

you have to pay them but not for the hundreds you eat in the field


Replied: 14th Feb 2009 at 18:30

Posted by: joseph c (205)

we used to get up at five o/clock in the morning to catch the early train to go picking at burscough and parbold in our school holidays, when potato picking the farmer also made me load the ruddy full sacks of spuds on the moving trailer and pick them as well! (coz i was a big lad he said) i was well knackered when i got home. great days though.

Replied: 14th Feb 2009 at 18:59

Posted by: fordie (712)

In Pemberton we all got picked up in Queen street at front of Annie Morleys house by pey waggin it took us to Parbold we picked strawberrys peas and spuds.

Replied: 14th Feb 2009 at 21:17
Last edited by fordie: 15th Feb 2009 at 10:04:45

Posted by: brynkiwi (715)

Picked at Winstanlys farm Downall green,he used to sing <hear we are again ,happy as can be all good friends and jolly good company> as he drove the tractor down the line digging up spuds, we never had time to be happy (old slave driver) Good days though

Replied: 11th Sep 2009 at 05:28

Posted by: marieg69 (3359)

only went once worked all day and finished up with 2 shilling slave labour

Replied: 11th Sep 2009 at 12:49

Posted by: norman prior (817) 

I went potato picking in the late twenties early thirties but didn't earn the twelve shillings per the end of the day we all had bad backs. The only good thing about it was at half way through the morning the farmer's wife came with loads of coffee then back to back breaking work.

Replied: 11th Sep 2009 at 17:02

Posted by: greenfingers (896) 

used to picin spuds at orrell back of orrell rugby club don,t remember name of farm they ve biult houses on some of the feilds now and they wernt happy days we were pow fagged at the end of the day

Replied: 16th Sep 2009 at 19:25

Posted by: ann-spam (3470) 

hiya greenfingers was it edge hall farm in orrell

Replied: 16th Sep 2009 at 20:36

Posted by: greenfingers (896) 

it may well of been not sure if it was or not i know that was the name of the lane , don,t know name of farm thore, long time ago

Replied: 17th Sep 2009 at 00:39

Posted by: marieg69 (3359)

machines have taken over no need for prater pickers now

Replied: 17th Sep 2009 at 20:44

Posted by: dennisd (624)

I remember going 'prata pickin' at Greaves farm in UpHolland - picked spuds for a week, when it came time to be paid, the farmer told me he couldn't pay me because I was 'too young' !
So my mother went to see him, he still wouldn't pay, but he grabbed a chicken, cut its head off and gave it to her

Replied: 20th Sep 2009 at 08:59

Posted by: susie q (1676) 

prata pickin with my mum and half the street in the 50's at Rigbys farm in Worsley Mesnes. Happy days

Replied: 16th Nov 2009 at 22:46

Posted by: reddi8 (1107)

The strawberry farm owned by the Claytons has now closed as they have retired.

Replied: 17th Nov 2009 at 16:11

Posted by: broady (16925) 

Susie q,
I went pickin at Rigby's Farm in the 60's but they had moved to Abram by then. I think the son, Arthur, still keeps the farm going.

Replied: 17th Nov 2009 at 16:29

Posted by: susie q (1676) 

Hello Broady. Yes as far as I know the son Arthur is living at Abram. My stepson had cause to meet him last year. He seems to be a bit of a recluse though just him and his animals.

Replied: 17th Nov 2009 at 19:08

Posted by: bluesman (246)

Broady and Susieq,
Where is Rigby's farm in Abram? The only Rigby's farm in Abram I can remember was knocked down years ago .It was next to the Congregational Methodist church which is now a Roofing Firm. There's a Bungalow where the farm was.

Replied: 17th Nov 2009 at 22:25

Posted by: susie q (1676) 

Will see what I can find out and let you know.

Replied: 17th Nov 2009 at 22:39

Posted by: broady (16925) 

It is just past the Dover on the right hand side before you go up Swell Brow. The bottom field runs down to the Finney Bridge at the back of the Dover.

Replied: 17th Nov 2009 at 22:50

Posted by: bluesman (246)

Hiya Bill,
I know which one you mean now. I think it's name is Aye Bridge farm

Replied: 18th Nov 2009 at 10:21

Posted by: broady (16925) 

Spot on Phil.

Replied: 18th Nov 2009 at 14:50

Posted by: alan lad (443)

picked spuds for freddie ollerton george and jem glover gills baldwins at coppull moor it was hard but worth it we even went on strike at baldwins for a day over pay would you think at 13 years old great times in standish late 50s and 60s

Replied: 21st Nov 2009 at 15:01

Posted by: lectriclegs (4142)

Oops wrong thread.

Replied: 16th Oct 2017 at 20:03

Posted by: SoniaB (114)

Yes, went potato picking at Bamfurlong Hall Farm with a couple of friends in the 1960's whilst still at school.It was absolutely back-breaking. Didn't go again

Replied: 23rd Oct 2017 at 19:17
Last edited by SoniaB: 24th Oct 2017 at 08:53:17

Posted by: broady (16925) 

Was that Walton’s??

Replied: 23rd Oct 2017 at 19:38

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

We went potato picking in West Lancashire. Always hard work but good fun.

I do remember my mate and I, David Hopper from Norley Hall, going pea picking over near Winstanley and we filled our backpacks with peas and got caught by the farmer.

He took all our peas of us and sent us packing.....

Good fun, or what????

Replied: 23rd Oct 2017 at 20:01

Posted by: SoniaB (114)

Yes Broady, it was Walton's Farm. Their eldest daughter, Annette, was in same year as me at school.

Replied: 24th Oct 2017 at 08:54


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