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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 4th November, 2020)

Wigan Lane


Wigan Lane
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Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
Views: 1,709

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 4th November 2020 at 07:38

Would have made a better photo..except for all those cars but thats life these days.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 4th November 2020 at 08:26

Good photo Mick, captures Wigan as it is today

Comment by: Mick on 4th November 2020 at 08:26

Helen, Its not trying to be a better photo, I took it so future viewers of Wiganworld PAD, who may enjoy looking back at old photos of some vintage cars parked up on Wigan lane in autumn of the year 2020

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th November 2020 at 08:59

I agree with Helen about the cars but can't be helped these days. I like that one, Mick. Happy memories of going to Haigh Hall on the tractor from the Plantation Gates on a Sunday afternoon as a child. We certainly didn't have a car....we went to Wigan on the bus and walked up to the plantations.....me and my Mam and Dad going through those gates into the cool, shady plantations. I love the tree with its Autumnal colours. It seems to make a natural frame for the gates.

Comment by: Jonno on 4th November 2020 at 09:44

Parking for Wigan Infirmary Helen, unfortunately, their car parks aren't big enough and they charge too much.

Comment by: PeterP on 4th November 2020 at 10:15

Should have gone further down the road just past the hospital entrance and took the shot looking UP Wigan Lane. No cars parked near the Hall entrance and could have waited for a gap in the flowing traffic

Comment by: jack on 4th November 2020 at 10:36

Why don't you do it Peter P?

Comment by: walt (nth Yorkshire) on 4th November 2020 at 11:55

A good photo Mick, it is what it is ! like you say Mick, 40 -50 years from now folks will be able to see what the Autumn of 2020 was like at this spot. We all like looking back over old photo's maybe our children's - children will have the same enjoyment.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th November 2020 at 12:30

The stone structures are still so impressive, you can imagine the coach and horses entering the path to the Hall. The parked cars are like permanent 'structures' as well.... it's a pity.

Comment by: Maureen on 4th November 2020 at 13:31

Again very sorry to interrupt photo a day,but Veronica can you send your email address to Ron Hunt please so I can reply to you..have looked everywhere for it but cannot find it ..Ron will then send it to me.x

Comment by: Veronica on 4th November 2020 at 13:49

Maureen I have sent you an email. I will ask Ron to send it to you though.

Comment by: Jean on 4th November 2020 at 14:17

Edna you would have been able to access all the records at the history shop on library street but they are closed at the moment.If you don’t have access to census records let me know her full name when she was born and if possible her parents names and I will look for you.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th November 2020 at 14:29

Maureen. I have forwarded Veronica's email address to you. I seem to have TWO addresses for you, Maureen, and not sure which is current so have sent to both. Hope you're okay. Mick won't mind us doing this.

Comment by: Maureen on 4th November 2020 at 15:24

Veronica,I've got your email,am waiting for Ron to send me yours.

Irene,I haven't got your email yet..again Ron will send you my current address.

Sorry again folks for interuptions.

Comment by: Mick on 4th November 2020 at 16:00

How do you know Irene what Mick likes and doesn't like, lately on PADs its getting like me going into the chippy to order, and the two chippy women ignore me until they have finished their chit chat.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th November 2020 at 18:45

People are still looking at the photo Mick, your efforts have not been in vain.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th November 2020 at 18:59

Because I just know you WON'T mind, Mick. We've all passed on a message via p-a-d now and again when we have had no other means of doing so. Maureen did apologise and I think we're all sorted now. We all liked your photo today, and I would give you my undivided attention and an extra-large portion of chips and a free can of pop if I worked in the chippy! xx

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 4th November 2020 at 19:10

That was never a main entrance to Haigh Hall.

Comment by: Maureen on 4th November 2020 at 19:35

Veronica,I've got your email,am waiting for Ron to send me yours.

Irene,I haven't got your email yet..again Ron will send you my current address.

Sorry again folks for interuptions.

Comment by: Edna on 4th November 2020 at 19:44

Lovely photo of Autum thank you Mick.... Jean thank you, I only know she was May Kay. 5th June. approximately 1911.I will check with the history shop when they reopen.

Comment by: DTease on 4th November 2020 at 21:05

I don’t know how they could miss you Mick, they can’t get many men in there sitting on a ‘ lectric bike.

Comment by: Poet on 5th November 2020 at 07:57

When I was little , the ladies in the chippy would give me two chips on a wooden fork for waiting quietly like a good boy .

Comment by: Veronica on 5th November 2020 at 09:37

After the official opening of Wigan Infirmary King Edward Vll entered those gates with his entourage by coach and horses to stay at Haigh Hall. No back entrance for Royalty in the late 1800's.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th November 2020 at 11:50

Poet's mention of waiting patiently to be served in shops whilst the old un's spoke in half heard whispers. Made me think of when I heard it said. " Yeah she's bin teken th' Infirmary - her's had everythin' teken away" !
No wonder I was terrified if I had to go to the Infirmary!

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 7th November 2020 at 14:13

I do believe they used the Whelley route to and from the hall, Veronica.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th November 2020 at 15:31

I am sure they did George. But when the the Prince of a Wales officially opened the Infirmary , they would have used the Plantation Gates, surely. It was and is a magnificent entrance. Why would they go through Whelley when they could use the entrance on Wigan Lane? Wouldn't it have been a more pleasant journey through the Plantations , it may not have been as overgrown in those days anyway. There must be a record of it somewhere of the route. It seems more logical to me.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th November 2020 at 16:24

ps George . Wouldn't that have meant going up Greenough St and then Scholes ? Shiver me timbers! The Prince of Wales riding up Scowes in a fancy carriage, what would the good folk of Scholes thought about that I wonder ..all them pubs as well !

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 11th November 2020 at 22:12

According to Wigan Council, Veronica, that's the way they went. And they also went that way the day after, Bolton and back.
Again, I'm only repeating what Wigan Council say. I didn't wee them myself.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd December 2020 at 17:25

Looks like I will have to believe you George, although it seems pointless to me. Perhaps it was so the poor folk of Scholes could see their future King. I hope they didn't boo him though, seeing as there was a lot of Irish people living around St Pat's.

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