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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 16th January, 2021)

Parbold Bottle


Parbold Bottle
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Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: PeterP on 16th January 2021 at 07:24

I have rode past this monument many times and it was interesting to find out about its history, There is a older photo on WW were it once stood on a larger square base.

Comment by: Mick on 16th January 2021 at 08:03

Some years ago all that flat land would have been covered by the Irish sea, I remember being on my spud picking holidays finding seashells in the sandy soil.

Comment by: DTease on 16th January 2021 at 09:17

Good grief! It’s the return of the “The Thumb” Veronica!

Comment by: Alan on 16th January 2021 at 09:37

If it had a fire and smoke coming out of a chimney it could be a chimaner.

Comment by: Roy on 16th January 2021 at 09:42

Mick, you're in Lancashire, you'll have Hanson on your case. A spot i know well, i was there the other day myself just sat in the car admiring the view. This is the Parbold Bottle Stump originally erected on a larger plinth re the 1832 Reform Act. To see the original go to WW, Places, first page, photo 3.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th January 2021 at 09:46

"Parbold Bottle So called because of its shape, Parbold Bottle is a monument to the Great Reform Act of 1832, which extended the right to vote. Just why the limited extension of the franchise warranted a monument in Parbold is not clear." Apparently it was part of a bigger structure a one time and was repaired in the 1950's. I believe there was a pottery at one time near to the Bottle.
Interesting photo, it made me look up the information.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th January 2021 at 09:48

It's definitely got Mick's thumbprint on it Dtease ....

Comment by: Veronica. on 16th January 2021 at 09:50

I think Alan's been having lessons from Mick !

Comment by: Roy on 16th January 2021 at 09:50

WW, Places, Parbold, of course !!!!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 16th January 2021 at 09:55

I'm sorry to say I've never been to Parbold Bottle despite living in Wigan all my life. We tend to take for granted the things that are on our own doorstep, don't we? Wasn't it used as a beacon of some kind with a fire that could be seen from miles around? When I see something like this I always imagine what it has seen over the years....fashions like crinolines, then twenties' "flappers" and sixties' mini-skirts; children going there with picnics and then, in time, taking their own children and grandchildren there whilst the "bottle" watches over it all, never changing, A nice photo, Mick.

Comment by: Mick on 16th January 2021 at 11:56

Irene I never take things for granted that are on our own doorsteps. if I see something that I didnt know about already I go out to find more information on it.
Give you husband a nudge and tell him the rain as stopped so lets go out and have a look at the Parbold Bottle

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 16th January 2021 at 14:57

I'll do that Mick!

Comment by: rh on 16th January 2021 at 15:02

Rest your seat upon this bench and let your mind doth wander.
Upon this bench your mind won’t wrench the arm of twisted thoughts .Observe the view that will renew the soul to flowing water ,
Then you will be , so calm to see , the clouds go rolling by ..

Comment by: Rev David Long on 16th January 2021 at 15:05

Mick - the sea shells were more likely to be from the heaps of Liverpool manure which were brought out on barges on the canal to be used as fertiliser. Where I did my spud picking we were always coming across bits of broken pottery from the same middens.

Comment by: Alan on 16th January 2021 at 15:25

Ha thanks Veronica I'd just thought I'd give mick a taste of is own medication.
See Dave Oy pad the Coot.

Comment by: Arthur on 16th January 2021 at 15:33

Lancashire you'll have Hanson crying Mick.
History show before 1974, Wigan WAS part of Lancashire and not Grater Manchester.

Comment by: Mick on 16th January 2021 at 16:28

Yes Rev, a few years ago they dug away all the grass next to the Ring a Bells pub and they uncovered a cobbled area were the would have unloaded the muck.
Theres a information board at Burscough wharf telling you about the mucky story

Comment by: Veronica on 16th January 2021 at 17:33

I knew you were Alan! Good for you ...

Comment by: Veronica on 16th January 2021 at 17:37

Going even further back still...I believe the Vikings landed on those very flat plains, so we were informed in the Wigan History Group that I used to attend quite a number of years ago.

Comment by: rh on 16th January 2021 at 17:56

Rest your seat upon this bench and let your mind doth wander.
Upon this bench your mind won’t wrench the arm of twisted thoughts .Observe the view that will renew the soul to flowing water ,
Then you will be , so calm to see , the clouds go rolling by ..

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 16th January 2021 at 22:14

Veronica, my friends Neil and Tom attended the Wigan History Group. I believe you know Tom, (Walsh). A true gentleman, as is Neil. I didn't realise you had belonged to the group, Dolly dear. xxx

Comment by: Garry on 17th January 2021 at 07:29

Parbold was part of Wigan before the 1974 Council reorganisation, and We were part of Lancashire.
Infact, some of my letters still say Lancashire on my address, which I prefer than Gtr Manchester.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th January 2021 at 08:52

Yes Irene, it was held on Tuesdays
Nights twice a month. It was before the grandkids came on the scene though. They've changed venue since. It was at a pub in Beech Hill. I enjoyed going, but I don't drive anymore. Yes I know Tom from Scholes days.

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