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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 27th October, 2020)

The Council Offices

The Council Offices

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX200)
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Comment by: Helen of Troy on 27th October 2020 at 07:27

Another good image of a solid, red brick, northern building Dennis.

Comment by: Gary on 27th October 2020 at 09:01

Again Dennis, municipal architecture - found all over the industrial boroughs in the north of England. Not so much evident in county towns.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 27th October 2020 at 09:56

Here I go again with my memories! Hindley used to have a lovely tradition where the children of Hindley and their families gathered outside the council offices on a night near Christmas to sing carols and for the children to receive a gift from Father Christmas. I lived in Ince but went to Hindley Grammar School and when I was in my final year, I and another girl were sent down to the council offices one morning to put fruit into brown paper bags for Father Christmas to give out to the children. We put one apple and one orange in each bag and I attended the evening festivities with my boyfriend Peter, (now my husband), as he lived in Hindley. I was 15 and he was 17 and I can still recall standing there in the frosty night singing carols, just in front of the door shown on the photo. (I will only tell Peter after I have submitted this that I have told everyone on Wigan World that he is 70 next month!) It was such a lovely tradition. I have always liked Hindley, ever since going to Hindley Market with my Mam every Friday. I was only a very small child and used to think we were going to "Ingley" as that was how my Mam pronounced it. Gradually, I learned to read and I can actually remember the day the bus turned up at Ince Bar I saw the destination board on the front and realised it was "HINDLEY"! Thankyou, Dennis, for these lovely photos.

Comment by: David Barker on 27th October 2020 at 10:21

Another good photo Dennis, some good bricklayers back in them days , no rushing about on price work , like today throwing houses and buildings up , they had pride in their work and took their time, this is a fine example.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 27th October 2020 at 11:23

This building just oozes civic pride. From the flagpole on the corner to the majestic front door you just know that this is an important building. In its time it was not only a functional building but also a statement of what the town of Hindley was about.

Comment by: Pw on 27th October 2020 at 11:44

I remember in the 50's going to see Father Christmas who was sat up on the steps up on the left hand side.You got a ticket from school and you had to queue in front of the town hall.You did get a brown paper bag with an apple,orange,a few toffee and some little paper games and puzzles which usually were advertisements for things.One year I got a little book about Saxa salt.What memories a photo brings.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 27th October 2020 at 12:41

Thats a really nice memory to have Irene. I suspect you could tell us many more!

Comment by: Veronica on 27th October 2020 at 12:42

Irene watch out for a package. When I handed it over in the Post Office, the woman looked at me suspiciously asking me what was inside! I said " Don't worry it's Lavender - not Marijuana!" As if! But she did see the funny side..;o))

Comment by: irene robertsI on 27th October 2020 at 13:34

I put a childhood memory on yesterday's p-a-d. Helen, about libraries. Don't know if you saw it. I could go on and on when something triggers a memory. I have to rein myself in! Thankyou in advance for the lavender bag, kind! When the post office lady asked you what was inside you should have said, "Leesen carefully....I shall say zees only once"! They always ask me what's in the box when I send Seabrook Crisps to my daughter, (she can't get them in the Hebrides), and I feel such a fool saying "a bag of crisps"!

Comment by: Mick on 27th October 2020 at 15:00

You would think Hindley would have Deer somewhere on this important building, after all Hindley was named after the HIND on the LEY

Only Deer I see in Hindley is the basket one on Hindley station

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 27th October 2020 at 15:34

Good point, Mick. We had one on our school badge and school exercise books. Maybe there is something INSIDE the building with a deer on. I haven't been in there since I left school when the Careers Office was situated there and can't remember.

Comment by: f on 27th October 2020 at 16:10

As far as I have travelled,
and when I speak to folk,
They ask about my accent ,
As if a kind of joke .
I tell them I’m from Wigan,
Wigan born and bred,
They look at me kind of odd,
As if something I’ve said
Is that place near Manchester
they ask with knowledge nil,
I once went near Preston
when dropping off a fill
Never heard of Wigan though
but I’m a London lad ,
Isn’t Blackpool on that road
You see how this is sad
To us on here this picture tells
some history of our town ,
The buildings now left standing ,
replaced or now brought down
But to folk outside our Wigan place
might not as well exist
So remember if you talk to them
I urge you think of this

Comment by: Elizabeth on 27th October 2020 at 16:22

Hindley has plenty of deer in Borsdane Wood,also over near golf club,seen plenty this year.Great memories Irene of Hindley, I too loved Hindley market ,fab variety of stalls.

Comment by: Eileen on 27th October 2020 at 17:29

My dad was father Christmas one year giving each child the brown paper bag filled with tangerine & a small gift
I queued up with everyone else & was thrilled to tell my mum that father Christmas had said hello to me.oh the innocence of youth.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 27th October 2020 at 18:32

To the poet above, I'm sure this building is in Hindley, so why write a poem about Wigan?

Comment by: Edna on 27th October 2020 at 20:35

lovley memories again Irene, I loved Hindley market, although I lived in Wigan.So sad when it closed.But in our later yrs.We used to go to the car boot were the market was.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th October 2020 at 10:38

When driving down to Hindley from Westhoughton there is a sign before Castlehill that says ' Welcome to Wigan' ? In fact I feel nearer to Wigan than Bolton living in the 'South' of Westhoughton! Puzzled !

Comment by: Edna on 28th October 2020 at 19:22

Veronica, I have a friend in Sandy Lane, and her address is Hindley,Wigan.xx

Comment by: Arthur on 29th October 2020 at 15:01

Sandy Lane is Wigan, Westhoughton / Bolton starts at the dog track now a new housing development.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 29th October 2020 at 19:26

Arthur, sorry but Sandy Lane is Hindley.

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