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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 9th September, 2013)

Park Road Bridge

Park Road Bridge
Alongside Mesnes Park, Wigan.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
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Comment by: Derek Platt on 9th September 2013 at 00:08

Can't remember how many times I've walked home along here, then up Gidlow lane to Dawson ave, after a night pub crawling. Not forgetting dropping in at the chippie on gidlow lane. Of coarse, when I was single in my younger days.

Comment by: Ken R on 9th September 2013 at 00:12

Nice photo Mick. Memories...

Comment by: David Fairclough on 9th September 2013 at 01:52

Amazing how a photo can bring back memories of sights you have forgotten. Thanks Mick

Comment by: hindleyite on 9th September 2013 at 05:44

I wonder how many times I walked under this heading for Springfield Park.

Comment by: Maureen on 9th September 2013 at 08:35

First house on your left under the bridge is where Mrs Merryfield the murderess lived before ,moving to Blackpool.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 9th September 2013 at 08:51

I go under this bridge when travelling between Shevington and Wigan.
I lived in Stratford St. for 18 months from 1936 and walked under this bridge to go to Blue Coat school in Hallgate. Followed the tram lines in thick fog.
Anyone know if the tram lines are still there under the road?
Also been over it on the train many times travelling North.
Did you, Mick, cycle or use the car to get there to use your Sony HDR?

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 9th September 2013 at 09:23

Lance Todd lived at number 7 Park Road.

Comment by: Mick on 9th September 2013 at 09:36

I was on my bike Ernest.

Comment by: A.W. on 9th September 2013 at 09:56

Walked along here many, many times in the 60 s and early 70s, it doesn't change a lot really.

Comment by: Norman Skellon, Sydney, Australia on 9th September 2013 at 11:20

Walked/cycled under it daily going to and from the Thomas Linacre School from Springfield, 1955-1962.
Also frequented Alice's chippie on Gidlow Lane: is it the same chippie that Derek visited?
Thanks for the memories.

Comment by: David on 9th September 2013 at 12:04

I think Tom Paine lived along here somewhere.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh . on 9th September 2013 at 14:59

David ,you are correct Tom Paine did live very near ,his his Father was Chief Consable
of Wigan.

Comment by: Michael on 9th September 2013 at 15:36

Tom PEY, not Tom Paine.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 9th September 2013 at 16:27

Yes Norman it would have been the same chippie, the best steak pudding and chips.

Comment by: Mick on 9th September 2013 at 16:44

It was Tommy Pey and he lived on the left a bit further back towards Wigan

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 9th September 2013 at 17:03

Regarding my comment above ,on reflection
I think the surname of The Chief Consable may have been Pye ,can anyone throw light on this . His son certainly lived near to the bridge.

Comment by: owdkewyed on 9th September 2013 at 18:35

Same here Norman, passed under it many times going to Christopher Park and Woodhouse Stadium for cross country and athletics at Tommy Linacre....61-66. Happy happy days what a terrific school.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 9th September 2013 at 21:43

Tom, Chief Constable Tom Pey served from 1921 to 1946 as article in Past Forward Issue 25 states. See :-
His son Tommy was a good cricketer and he lived where Mick`s comment at 16:44 says.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 9th September 2013 at 22:32

Good picture Mick.You have certainly stirred up good memories..

Comment by: Art on 10th September 2013 at 01:17

Nobody mentions a very important "stopping Off" place when walking home from town to SLG.
The Gents urinal by the railway embankment, on the right where the figure in a blue coat is...;o)

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 10th September 2013 at 03:35

Art; Extract from Forum, General :-


Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:48 pm Post subject: Urinals in Wigan.Locations
------------------------------------ I can remember the following locations of urinals in Wigan Town centre. Can anyone remember any more???
Wallgate Bridge. Wigan side.
Top of Chapel Lane. On left
Geenough St Douglas bridge.
Park road near Railway Bridge. Park side.
Next to Wigan Little Theatre. on side of Douglas
Bottom of Library St (Still there. I think this is the only one left?)
Underground ones Market Place.
Under railway bridge Darlington St. I think?????????
Why were there so many for men and nothing for women?????
For all the replies, see :-


Comment by: David on 10th September 2013 at 09:27

Sorry - I got mixed up with the name of the man who was involved in the French and American revolutuions.

Comment by: Michael on 10th September 2013 at 14:24

Dear Thomas(Tom)Walsh: His name was NOT Pye. It was PEY, geddit?

Comment by: Art on 11th September 2013 at 01:30

Top o' Greenough St, below t'Top Long Pull. A slate one, no running water, but still handy when needed :o)

Comment by: Vic, Adelaide, South Australia on 11th September 2013 at 06:51

I used to live on Delph St, walked home after many a weekend across the park at The Brocket Arms....hic

Comment by: DotM on 12th September 2013 at 14:54

I must have walked under that bridge hundreds of times on my way to school, the Methodist Junior School in Dicconson Street.We used to walk in to Wigan for shopping too, no using the bus, and on visits to the Salvation Army in Hope Street.

Happy days!


Comment by: michael Australia Melbourne on 2nd October 2013 at 03:53

just back from hols, yes brings back memories, living in Barnsley ST. I must have walked under this bridge thousands of times on my way to Wigan town centre and the park.

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