Photo-a-Day (Friday, 22nd January, 2021)
A very pleasant photo, Dennis.
A beautiful photo of a bleak scene.
It is a very long time since I saw one like that. Well done, Dennis.
A bracing ' good to be alive' feeling in this photo. Fresh air and lovely views - what more could they ask for.. I wish I was there!
Lovely photo Dennis once again one of my favourite places. It cheers me up in this bad time that we are all in, Thankyou Dennis.
Lovely shot Dennis.
60 odd years ago, the cyclists would have been men with cloth caps, or women in a scarf, with a dog - with a docked tail.
Ey-up....it's Howard and Marina! Lovely photo, Dennis. What beautiful places we have on our doorstep.
I like this one Dennis . The hay tucked up in the barn . That rusty well trimmed hedge . The look of intense concentration on the front cyclist suggest it may be quite icy on that track .
Well done, Dennis, great pic ! Like you Julie, Haigh and Aspull my favourite places around the Wigan area.
This is Willoughby Farm Dennis, the other one further down Meadow Pit Lane is Whittle Tag Farm on left now private cottages, and Tuckers Hill Farm, on Tuckers Brow all owned by the Marsden brothers ,my brother worked for the late George Marsden at Tuckers Hill Farm when left school,in 1966.
Good photo Dennis , nice winter scene.
Meadow Pit Farm looks fairy tidy, but some of these farms are very run down and quite frankly a blot on our landscapes
We didn’t call them bike rides,
Adventures was the name .
Through snow wind blown or thunder,
We’d turn that pedal chain .
Optimism beaming ,
Confidence abound ,
Hillside , lanes , and nooks and crans,
Leg motion spinning round .
We didn’t have a rucksack ,
We only had our wheels
and the road of new adventures ,
That a group of lads made real...
The buildings for Meadow Pit would have been where the barns on the left are - some foundations can still be seen in the yard. There was a railway serving the pit and William Pit a bit further West.
The pits were owned by Wigan Coal and Iron - and after WW1 a cast bronze plaque was erected at Meadow Pit - one of 19 the company placed at the Works and Pits. Unfortunately, although the whereabouts of 17 of them are known (5 are in St Wilfrid's Peace Gate, Standish, and 4 in Aspull RBL Club) - the one for Meadow Pit has disappeared. The other missing one was for Alexandra/ Lindsay Pits at Whelley.
Hopefully someone took them in for safe-keeping....
Lovely wintery photo Dennis, like the poem too f.Just wish it was spring!!!
poor farmers no money spent on it good photo dennis