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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 14th October, 2015)


Stump of old boundary cross in St Pauls school yard,

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
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Comment by: Blob on 14th October 2015 at 00:39

St Paul's, Goose Green i presume Mick ? Not a patch on yesterdays photo, is this one of the pics you were complaining about not having been shown ? I much prefer an airplane than a lump of owd stone.

Comment by: Mick on 14th October 2015 at 08:08

Blib, I wasnt complaining about the photo I was complaining about how the photo jumped the queue.

And for your information this historical lump of owd stone as been in Goose Green Wigan since Jesus was a lad and its been walked past and played on by thousands of Wiganers

But having said that there will also be thousands of Wiganers who have never known it was there.

I bet it could tell a few tales if it could talk.

Comment by: kath on 14th October 2015 at 08:55

I didn't know it was there. I'd rather see this than an aeroplane

Comment by: Dougie on 14th October 2015 at 09:49

Not much else left these days of old Goose Green as I knew it,

Comment by: Aubrey on 14th October 2015 at 10:01

Mick, You are quite right, I have driven past this school many times but never noticed the cross. This will be of interest to Wiganers, particularly ex-Goose Greeners.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th October 2015 at 10:28

Mick; I remember going, probably on push bike, to look at St.Paul`s Ch.after a bomb had dropped nearby in 1939-45 War.
I don`t remember this stone though!

Comment by: Mick on 14th October 2015 at 12:31

Ernest this isnt at the church, its at the St Pauls junior school at the end of Clapgate lane

I saw one of these stumps of a old boundary cross at the junction of Cheapside and Fleet st in Chorley last week.

Comment by: Barry Gaskell on 14th October 2015 at 13:06

I remember the stone when I was at St Pauls infants school, it was in the middle of the school yard. I am now 70 years old.

Comment by: Roy on 14th October 2015 at 14:25

Never seen it, did my courting in Goose Green, got married 50 years ago at St Paul's, which, Ernest, is the church in the distance, as you no doubt realise, so, not too near the stump.

Comment by: Kas on 14th October 2015 at 17:19

Interesting Mick. Can anyone enlighten me , what is a boundary cross? Wonder how much interest there would be if this lump,as described , turned out to be a historical marker to a long lost Templar treasure. Thanks Mick,. I like pictures like this because it stirs my mind of times gone by..

Comment by: Aubrey on 14th October 2015 at 18:29

Kas, I was wondering myself where there could have been a boundary close to St. Paul's school. Any information from anyone?

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 14th October 2015 at 21:59

Kas, the web site:
http://www.wiganarchsoc.co.uk/content/History/Mabs_Cross.htm is about Mabs Cross but has some details about Boundary Crosses:
"There were once many similar crosses (to Mabs Cross) in south Lancashire. Over one hundred and fifty appear on the series of six-inch Ordnance Survey maps published in 1846-7. Such crosses marked the boundaries of lands belonging to monasteries. It was the practice in the Middle Ages for landowners to donate land to monasteries in the belief that they would thereby lessen the sufferings of their souls in purgatory.

Comment by: Kas on 15th October 2015 at 00:33

Thanks Neil. How interesting.

So you see Blob, Thanks to Mick and Neil, this owd lump has more to it than meets the eye..

We will always be lesser if we ignore forget the things of those who came before us.

Comment by: Garry on 15th October 2015 at 08:22

Kas, Blob sums up his name. Someone who hides behind it!

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