Photo-a-Day (Thursday, 12th November, 2020)
Darlington St East
Photo: Dennis Seddon (Sony DSC-WX200)
Some good captures there Dennis, well done
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
I always travelled into Wigan on the red L.U.T 59 bus
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.
My uncle dick used to drive the L.U.T 59 bus
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.
miss underwood used to live at no2 harper st when i lived at no 11 harper st
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.
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.
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
My friend Ann lived in the same row as Miss Underwood, in Harper St. I spent lot of my childhood down there.
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.
Spot on Irene I got off at the clinic I lived behind Ince parish church.