Photo-a-Day (Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020)
Butts Mill from Leigh Spinners Mill
What an unusual photo, well done Dave. Back in the 60s I would make daily deliveries to Butts Mill it then belonged to Ward and Goldstone who made electrical products. Didn't Georgie Fame work here back then ?. All the old mills around Leigh found other uses as the cotton industry died. The photo is brilliant Dave.
Did you have to wipe that one pane of glass with you elbow
They would have been so noisy once and now stand silent.
I have no idea where Butts Mill is but its a really good image. I just love it.
That's a different angle Dave - but I like it.
Just enough glass Dave. And had you found time for a stroll around the 'ghostly galleon's' decks.
Shades of the 'phantom ship' that once lurked around Worsley Mesnes Ironworks.
I've lived in New Zealand for 56 years but still like to look back at
Wigan. There used to be a lot of Stott's in Wigan.
Helen, Butts Mill, stands at Butts Bridge, East Leigh, on the main Warrington Road. Leigh had so many old factories long ago working for King Cotton, most found new employment as time rolled by, W&G - Volex Electrical bought at least two for the production of electrical equipment, others became distribution depots for the likes of Safeway Supermarkets.
Looks a bit creepy and ghostly to me!
Stan in NZ, A few years ago Wigans MP was a Roger Stott what part of NZ are you living in, my son is living in windy Wellington
When I first commented onthos photo I didn't know it would have been Ward and Goldstone, I worked there from 1965 - late 1968.
Good photo , "What a difference a Dave makes."
Beryl, yes W&G owned the mill they also had a mill in Platt Fold Street off Holden Road along with another old factory in Atherton. Throughout the 1960s I worked for a transport company that did lots of work for them. They also traded under the name of Volex Electrical. Dave says he took the picture from Leigh Spinners, another old mill if I remember rightly. My goodness, almost 60 years ago now, fond memories, thanks Dave.
You get about Dave, thanks for that.
You may have known a lad by the name of John Openshaw Walt. He drove for Safeway out of their Mather lane RDC before leaving to go to Kwikies.
Ozy, that name rings a bell, long time ago now. Mather Lane had a narrow bridge over the canal, as a young man in the 1960s in a 3 ton Thames Trader I drove over a little to fast and coming in the opposite direction was a mounted police officer . What happened next got me the best telling off you could imagine, his young horse raised up onto its hind legs and the officer slid slowly down its back holding onto the reins, it really was a sight to see.