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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 12th November, 2020)

Darlington St East


Darlington St East
The red bricked houses of Darlington St East, looking towards Ince.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX200)
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Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 12th November 2020 at 07:59

Some good captures there Dennis, well done

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th November 2020 at 08:18

This was our bus-route into Wigan when I was a child in Ince, and the bus would have been maroon and white. I love those red-brick buildings. I can vividly remember going to a dance-school in Wigan when I was about eight or nine with a friend, and we fell out over something, as little girls do, and walked away from each other. Only when she was out of sight did I realise she had our bus-fare! I can remember walking home and how LONG Darlington Street East seemed to a little girl! I can remember vividly turning the corner near Clarington Forge, (just out of sight on the photo), and the feeling of relief at seeing Rose Bridge in the distance and knowing I wasn't that far away from home. Isn't it odd what memories a photo can trigger? I can stare into that photo and see that day, sixty years ago, as if it had only just happened.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th November 2020 at 08:46

Never looks any different from when I was a child - apart from the tree that is, those red brick houses always seemed exceptional, real family houses, you would get two out of one of those in these days.

Comment by: Julie on 12th November 2020 at 09:36

Irene I can to remember the buses in the 60s maroon and white coloured, you never forget things like that when you was a child.

Comment by: Edna on 12th November 2020 at 10:18

This bus is right outside a relatives house,which I used to visit with my auntie around late fifties.I always thought it was a very dismal, dusty St.But it looks quite nice on this photo,and as I've said before the trees make such a difference.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th November 2020 at 10:38

Am I right in thinking the houses weren't always the clean-looking red-brick they are on the photo? Have they had a "skim" of red-brick? I must admit I don't recall them looking like that in my childhood and, like Edna, I seem to remember Darlington Street East as being quite dismal and dusty. Yes, Julie, the red and white Wigan Corporation buses were very familiar, with green lights lit up either side of the destination board on dark nights. I have a couple of miniature ones given to me by a dear friend. They are displayed on my mantelpiece, (or "on t'cornish" as we used to say!), and one shows my old stop, "Ince Bar".

Comment by: Veronica on 12th November 2020 at 10:54

At that end of Darlington St they were always a lovely red brick Irene. Lower down Darlington St they aren't . You were somebody if you lived in those on the photo. Example Miss Egan the headmistress of the Boy's school lived in one and also Miss Underwood another teacher.

Comment by: peebee on 12th November 2020 at 14:45

I always travelled into Wigan on the red L.U.T 59 bus

Comment by: Veronica on 12th November 2020 at 15:14

I used to travel on that bus peebee, it was the 59 then the 559. In the late sixties I think it was 2s or thereabouts to go to Westhoughton.

Comment by: Mick on 12th November 2020 at 15:30

My uncle dick used to drive the L.U.T 59 bus

Comment by: Julie on 12th November 2020 at 15:32

Peebee I can remember the little flyer which ran from Aspull via Hindley to Westhoughton that was a Lancashire united transport bus, when did they go does anyone know.

Comment by: watchalot on 12th November 2020 at 15:37

miss underwood used to live at no2 harper st when i lived at no 11 harper st

Comment by: Jean on 12th November 2020 at 15:47

Irene do you remember the 3D bus that went along Darlington St East round to Manchester Rd then turned right into Ince Green Lane that was my bus coming home from work at Heinz factory at Standish in the late sixties.

Comment by: Jean on 12th November 2020 at 15:52

My great grandparents were married from a house on Darlington St East in 1893 bet it didn’t look as nice then as it does now.

Comment by: Carolaen on 12th November 2020 at 16:55

The shop front at the corner of the street on the left was Billy Seddons butchers shop. He was also locally well known as a breeder and shower of Airedale Terriers as well. Incidentally his wife (Bessy ?) was almost as well known for baking meat pies. People would queue of the door carrying plates and basins for their hot pies and gravy to take home

Comment by: Edna on 12th November 2020 at 17:17

My friend Ann lived in the same row as Miss Underwood, in Harper St. I spent lot of my childhood down there.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th November 2020 at 17:43

Yes Jean, I remember the 3D. It turned round in Old Hall Street for the return journey. The 3E went up Belle Green Lane and the number 3 and the 3A went to Hindley.

Comment by: Jean on 12th November 2020 at 19:47

Spot on Irene I got off at the clinic I lived behind Ince parish church.

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