Photo-a-Day (Tuesday, 10th November, 2020)
The road the Romans built
That is a really good image Alan, simple, straight foward & so appealing. I would love to walk down the lane.
Just like to say "Thank You" to all the contributors of P a Ds especially at this time. Autumn is a lovely time of year and over the past few weeks the photo's have shown that. Well done you all, keep them coming. great photo Alan !!
This was the home of Charles Strickland whose family seat was Sizergh castle in Cumbria . He had married Celia , the daughter of Charles Townley who was commander in chief of the Manchester Regiment and executed after Culloden . Celia's mother was the daughter of Ralph Standish .
A famous decendant of the Stricklands became the first president of America , George Washington .
What a lovely view! May I join you on the walk down the lane, Helen?
PS....I agree with Walt, (north Yorkshire), about the Autumn contributions to p-a-d and people have obviously enjoyed the Autumn scenes and commented favourably, but where is Garry at the moment? Perhaps he's stocking up the sherry for the Winter nights! (I know he won't mind me saying that!). Just hope he's okay.
Strickland House Farm, as i remember it, i've been in there many times when it was owned by Bill Daniels a 'pig farmer' i was at school with his son.
DAVE, the house next door is named Sizergh built by the man who owned the nearby Roundmoor Farm.
HELEN, the path deteriorates terribly the further down you go, or it did the last time i was down there.
A more modern house just down the track is called Sizergh. The tenants of Strickland House for a long time around the WW1 years were the family of William Hewlett of the mining family (Hewletts Pits at Westhoughton - his brother Alfred was Managing Director of the Wigan Coal & Iron Co., founder of the Mining College etc).
William had a large family - most of whom were involved in the war - the brothers enlisted - one became a Major and won the DSO - and all survived. Most of the sisters were involved with nursing etc at Woodlands 3 Hospital in The Beeches - his daughter-in-law being Deputy Commandant, and a daughter being Quartermaster. Another daughter was an ambulance driver in France.
Another house to be able to read the deeds of. I love the windows, I didn't realise it was that old. I am awaiting the book' Culloden'perhaps Charles Strickland will be mentioned.
Irene, that would be lovely, best wear boots or wellies in view of Roy's comment !
Ladies , it is the most pleasant way to walk to town despite the roughness in parts . When it rains , it can become a bit of a stream in the middle part but becomes better again towards Beech Hill .
I remember the pig farm Roy . I wonder if you've been in that walled garden at the bottom left of the picture . I've always found that intriguing , like the 'secret garden 'in the Hodgson Burnett novel .
An amendment for historians . It was Charles Townley's son Francis that was colonel of the Manchester and his wife was Cecilia Standish , not Celia .
Just like to say thankyou to everyone on this thread who has given us a brief history of this picture - I have really enjoyed reading the comments.
Standish Wood Lane, it can be hard work on a bike
And even harder in the snow.
I've loved all these Autumnal photos, thank you to all who posted.
Charles and Cecilia Strickland's grandson became MP for Wigan in 1837 .
Sizergh on Wood Lane was once the family home of the Smales family who had a butchers stall in the old Wigan market hall
The times I walked down that lane in my youth.
Philbee.........F W Smales owned Strickland House until he sold it to Bill Daniels and then bought Sizergh.
Dave... No, i haven't been in the walled garden or at least i don't remember doing so, i'm talking very early 50's when i used to go.