Photo-a-Day (Friday, 27th November, 2020)
Photo: Steve Carter (Samsung SM-G930F)
In New Zealand your not allowed to park like these cars.
You have to park in the same way the traffic is going, reason is, when the two cars that are parked on the right of the photo want to move off they wont be able to properly see whet is coming up Standishgate, with out the help of a passenger if they have one.
And the if its night they will be blinding other road users with there headlights, you might have noticed a lot of taxi drivers do this a lot.
A familiar view looking up Standishgate. I often go up there to St Mary's... very forbidding sky!
My owd legs are aching just looking at that hill!
I like this. It's lovely seeing the lovely rural or canal-side views around our town but it makes a change to see a street-view. Oddly, it still reminds me of Haigh Hall! Few people had a car when I was growing up and we would travel to Wigan on the bus and walk up here to the Plantation Gates to get the tractor down to the Hall.
Good pic,very moody sky ! I used to call in St.Mary's when I worked in Wigan,and remember going to watch a work colleagues' wedding there.I think the view of Wigan town centre when coming down Standishgate is lovely.
Nice light - my favourite lighting for landcsape photos :)
Even fewer folk had cars when i was growing up IRENE, i'm 11 years older than you. From the bottom of the hill to the top, approx 250yds, you would have passed 3 churches and 2 famous Wigan schools on your walk to the Plantation Gates. As you say, nice to see, coming into Wigan from the Standish area this way isn't used much. The preferred route being Mesnes Rd or the new road down to Tesco, i can't remember the last time i drove either up or down this part of Standishgate.
MICK, in certain parts of the world when parking on a hill, by law, you have to turn your front wheels into the kerb, for obvious reasons.
Jonno, I can remember the houses on the right just before the Plantations...I think one was called Kingsmede and I have remembered that for sixty years! They stood back high up off the road with steps going up to them and they seemed like palaces to a little girl from a terraced row in Ince. It felt like another world up Wigan Lane in those days. I was fascinated by them.
Irene this video will take you up Wigan lane to the plantation gates
I have recently asked about Garry too. Anne. Hope he's okay. Please post, Garry, so we know you're alright.
IRENE, correct re Kingsmede .
I lived in Standish in a terraced house just like yourself, and Kingsmede was a world away like you said. One of my mothers sisters who lived in the prefabs in Bedford St, Scholes / Whelley used to ride up to our house in an evening on the bus and she used to say ''It's worth the bus fare just to look into them posh houses when the bus stops'', she was talking about Wigan Lane / Road.
Jonno, I worked in Standish at Richardson's Chemists 1970-1973 when It was at 81, High Street opposite The Globe. Would you have lived in Standish then? Thankyou, Mick, for the video link.
Wigan Lane was really 'posh' at one time and there is still some beautiful houses. It seemed to me it was where all the Doctors lived. I remember the trees lining the roads on both sides. It was like another world to me coming from Scholes. The only time I went there was on the bus to the Infirmary or Whit Monday walking day. Although if on the bus, there was a sense of fear, from the time as a five year old with a broken arm that had to be set. All I recall now is being laid down and overhead a huge round light - then nothing at all! Forever after I would say to my mother - "Will they not touch me Mam?" and she would say " No they won't touch you love." What 'porkies' they used to say to keep you quiet!" ;o)
I know you did Irene, i've seen your comments on WW re Richardsons. No Irene, i wasn't there then, i got married in 1965 and moved out of Standish.
Irene.... I don't think this is the Anne you are meaning. I am the Anne from Lower Ince and did not post asking for Garry.
All the best to you.
Good photo, Wigan Lane looks very clean.Jonno when I was young everyone thought Wigan Lane was posh.
Kingsmede is still there and an avenue of houses and I once went along to a house along there which had a swarm of bees in the chimney, whilst there I was admiring the beautifully etched glass panels within the doors, it turned out the man had been a technical designer at Pilkington's glass and had designed the glass etchings himself, this was thirty odd years ago and he was elderly then so if they were still left in situation when the house would have been eventually sold, who knows. Mede is an old English name for a field and it would have been extensive at one time with the Bellingham tennis courts being behind their large rear gardens.
don't matter Anne from lower ince or Anne from tim buck two.
garry is the point Anne was making .
Sorry Anne from Lower Ince. I wasn't sure which Anne had asked about Garry. I'm just concerned as he was a regular contributor to photo-a-day and I enjoyed his comments about his glasses of sherry. I'm just hoping he's okay.
I'm fine thanks. x
So glad to hear that Garry. I was wondering if Ozy was okay too but he commented yesterday. I'm like an old Mother Hen aren't I?!
'Going down the lane' was a legendary pub crawl in the late 80s early 90s , starting at the Bowling Green and ending here , roughly at the Royal Oak or The Griffin . The ' Lane ' was a civilised night out away from the yobbos in the town centre pubs .
Irene..... perhaps he ran out of his favourite tipple and was having difficulty sourcing it. Ok now, Garry.
Poet reckons, "starting at the Bowling Green and ending here , roughly at the Royal Oak or The Griffin . The ' Lane ' was a civilised night out away from the yobbos in the town centre pubs ".
I take it you didn't include Mabs Cross in your crawl, then?
I certainly did James but I can't say so for sure .