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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 5th December, 2014)

Fish ponds

Fish ponds

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR-XR200VE)
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Comment by: Mick on 5th December 2014 at 08:15

What I cant understand is why do people build fences in ponds.

Comment by: David Wood. on 5th December 2014 at 09:45

To stop livestock getting round when the water level drops.

Comment by: Garry on 5th December 2014 at 10:53

It was a fishing stage or platform.

Comment by: Roy on 5th December 2014 at 12:03

Not in this case David, this is not farmland,in ALL my time of living near and seeing it on a regular basis i have never seen livestock on the land, it is also private Garry, so no fishing either, not these days anyway, when there was fishing allowed it was always done from the edge or side of the pond. I have skated on it in winter many years ago, has have plenty of others. Pleasant photo Mick, of a spot i know well.

Comment by: Syd on 5th December 2014 at 12:18

Does anyone know what the small building on right is?

Comment by: Jo on 5th December 2014 at 13:56

The plot thickens..

Comment by: Mick on 5th December 2014 at 15:02

Maybe originally the building was a boat house but now it looks more like a summer house.

There a nice big house just to the right which is owned by the Ramsey timber family,

Comment by: Garry on 5th December 2014 at 15:06

If this is Worthington Lake, you CAN fish there.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 5th December 2014 at 15:40

Good picture ....very wintry BRR!

Comment by: Helen on 5th December 2014 at 16:17

It looks like boathouse to me, seems as if there is an opening at the front, level with the water.

Comment by: Kal on 5th December 2014 at 17:45

As per Jo. I,m moving with Garry on this one, seems obvious , BUT, over to you Roy..
I beg genuine interest, but ignorance.

Comment by: ann21 on 5th December 2014 at 18:20

Mick Is this Wrightington Fisheries.

Comment by: Jude on 5th December 2014 at 19:24

Good one Mick,

Comment by: Aubrey on 5th December 2014 at 21:10

Nice photo Mick, as far as the fencing is concerned,it is certainly appreciated by the gulls.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 5th December 2014 at 22:27

See Album, Places, Wrightington. photo #23063 last on page 2 for comments by Lizzie, Mick., aitch and myself.
Anyone know when these fish ponds were last frozen over so you could skate on them?

Comment by: scimoan walker on 6th December 2014 at 07:54

Used to skate on the other side. In really cold winters they used to drive their cars on 0! !

Comment by: Roy on 6th December 2014 at 10:22

Mick,ann21,David,Garry and Ernest. Firstly i must apologise, i have been reliably informed that there has been livestock on this land but the last time was around 25 years ago. Mick, yes the building is/was a boathouse and you are corret re the Ramsey's. Ann21, it is not a fishery. David, you were correct re the fence's task. Garry this is Wrightington not Worthington, Ernest it is 60 years since i skated on there, but i would imagine it has frozen up suitably enough to skate on since then.

Comment by: David - Wigan ex pat. on 11th December 2014 at 17:59

As a child I used to swim in it slide on it and row on it and picnic with my mum and dad by it.
I remember my sister Pat Connelly(who was 7 years older than me) and her friends John Dawson , John Dalton and ones who's names I forget getting half submerged boats to shore and then we would bail them out and row out to the island with improvised oars, they were refilling with water as quick as we could bail them out , there used to be a farmer named owd Hodge who used to chase us across the fields from Back Lane woods to the rhododendron plantation where we were safe. Ah happy times , alas my sister died of cancer 6 year ago, some of my last words to her was be quick and get better coz owd Hodge is chasing us. She was too ill to reply but I hope it amused her. I can't believe the boat house is still there.

Comment by: don baker born roby mill 1934 on 25th July 2015 at 20:41

i can remember trainee priests about thirty to forty of them from st josephs catholic going through bank top to skate on wrighting fish pondsin the late 1940s

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