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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 11th July, 2020)

Mabs Cross

Mabs Cross
Standishgate, Wigan.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
Views: 1,669

Comment by: Walt(Nth Yorkshire) on 11th July 2020 at 06:45

Mick, another good pic and being a Wigan Lad in exile it acts as a good reminder. I'm glad you read Ozy's words he is a very skilful wordsmith. If ever you visit York let me know and we can have a chin-wag over a cuppa and some Jackbit. Stay safe Mick !

Comment by: Veronica on 11th July 2020 at 09:17

One of the most photographed 'heap' of stones ever, yet so significant! It's a good one, especially seeing the old houses in the background... Surprised they are still standing,but there's one or two gaps.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 11th July 2020 at 09:34

A bit spooky this one, Mick: A mews without a horse, twigs beside a cross and the open window of a shaded room - it's aaalright, though.

Comment by: A.W. on 11th July 2020 at 10:09

Excellent photo, Mab's Cross was originally sited at the other side of the road near the arched gateway, I believe it was moved around 1920.

Comment by: Maureen on 11th July 2020 at 11:31

There is a plaque on the very spot where it used to stand, it was pointed out by a good friend Neil last year.

Comment by: Arthur on 11th July 2020 at 11:35

Mabs cross motors was a one time a Vauxhall dealer.

Comment by: Mick on 11th July 2020 at 17:37

Theres talk of this cross being moved to the grounds of the parish church

Comment by: James Hanson on 11th July 2020 at 18:00

I know the stories behind it, but wonder what it really was and it's true function.

Comment by: Cyril on 12th July 2020 at 11:06

It's one of four known Roman to Medieval wayside crosses that lined the ancient route between Wigan and Standish, the next one being on Standish Wood Lane so could there have been more between them at one time.

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