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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 20th March, 2017)

Where is the old lamp lighter?


Where is the old lamp lighter?
Haigh country park.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Sony SLR)
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Comment by: Ken R on 20th March 2017 at 03:08

Nice photo Ron. He would need an extra long pole for that lamp.

Comment by: Mick on 20th March 2017 at 06:56

He'll Be dead Ron.

Comment by: Veronica B on 20th March 2017 at 07:40

He's probably got another job at the hall ... Keeping the home fires burning - well there's plenty logs to be had after Doris blew in!
Nice picture Ron - you must know every inch of the grounds by now.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 20th March 2017 at 08:03

I remember a lamplighter...he came through Holland Moor on his push bike. He never got off the bike while he lit the lamp, which was similar to the one in the photo, with the long pole he carried ...it was on the corner of Back Lane by the old school.

Nice quiet photo.

Comment by: Julie Bateman on 20th March 2017 at 08:57

Lovely photo once again, thankyou Ron were abouts is the lamp situated?

Comment by: Julie Bateman on 20th March 2017 at 08:57

Lovely photo once again, thankyou Ron were abouts is the lamp situated?

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th March 2017 at 09:49

I remember the lamplighter in Ince Green Lane when I was very small. He rode a bike and carried a long pole to light the lamps with. They were very low compared to the tall lamps of today and shed a homely yellowish light.
"He made the night a little brighter
Wherever he would go,
The Old Lamplighter
Of long, long ago."

Comment by: Maurice on 20th March 2017 at 10:13

The bar for his ladder was great for swinging on,no Elf & Safety then.

Comment by: Ron D on 20th March 2017 at 11:02

Julie, They are all the way on the new road .From the Hall to Mopin lodge .The way in for the Hotel.

Comment by: John Morris on 20th March 2017 at 17:27

Good photo as usual Ron, it was good to meet you the other day.

Comment by: Beryl on 20th March 2017 at 18:59

I love the lamp, one of the great things about towns and cities that have maintained their historical areas, a bit like the narrow alleys around Wigan town centre - such character

Comment by: Ellen on 20th March 2017 at 19:36

Helen, I remember the Holland Moor lamp lighter too! there was a lamp at the front of our next-door-but-one neighbour's house. I remember how it seemed so very bright when it was lit after the blackout years of the war.
....and I was all of 6 or 7 years old!

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th March 2017 at 20:50

The stars looked a lot closer when we had the small lamps.....like they do when you are in the countryside in the pitch-dark. The higher and brighter the street-lamps, the further away the stars seem. I think the modern lighting provides a safer journey for people walking through the dark, but I feel we have lost something too.

Comment by: Ellen on 20th March 2017 at 23:37

How right you are,Irene. We moved into the country last year, and although we had been living in a small town before I had forgotten how very dark it is without street lights. For the first few weeks, I had to take a flashlight with me when I walked my dog at night, until I was familiar with the terrain! The sky at night is really quite bright, even when there is no moon.

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