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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 9th December, 2021)

Ainscow’s Farm


Ainscow’s Farm
Bolton Road, Aspull. The old farm buildings have been demolished and new houses are going up where they stood.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Maureen on 9th December 2021 at 06:31

I'm not acquainted with Aspull at all,but what a beautiful farm house..surely it's not all going to be demolished..that would be a mortal sin.
Thank you Dennis for a great shot of this lovely building.

Comment by: walt (nth Yorkshire) on 9th December 2021 at 07:53

I remember this property Dennis, corner of Hall Lane I think. Strangely, it was one of those unusual buildings that had about seven gable ends if memory serves me well. I thought it would have been a grade two listed building as it must have been built sometime in the 1800s. Dennis, in due course would you take another photo from the same spot showing the new replacements. Thanks, always look forward to your P a Ds.

Comment by: irene roberts on 9th December 2021 at 08:23

Whenever we are driving past there,, from Bolton way. just before tuning left into Hall Lane to go down to Hindley, there is a gap in the hedge and it gives a tantalising glimpse of the farmhouse. I have always loved that little glimpse and it has always put me in mind of Enid Blyton's "The Children of Cherry Tree Farm" which was my favourite childhood book, of which I still have a copy. A beautiful photo, Dennis.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 9th December 2021 at 08:43

Walt/Maureen, I think this building is staying, but the farm buildings behind have been demolished and new houses are being built there.
It will be interesting to see how well they manage the whole site.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 9th December 2021 at 08:49

This farmhouse is 17th century, grade 2 and valued at around half a million pounds.

Comment by: Gary on 9th December 2021 at 08:53

Billy and Vera Rutter were resident with their family in my time, with their family and working pets. Vera's father had the farm further up Bolton Road.
The frontage was grassed and in the early sixties a goat was tethered there to produce milk for someone local whose child had an allergy.
The house was extensive' beautifully proportioned rooms with old "good" furniture.
Farming then, as now, if it is done by one family, was hard graft.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 9th December 2021 at 09:33

Lovely pic of a beautiful farmhouse. Where they are building now is so near to the Hall Lane/ Bolton Road junction.I dread to think of the traffic situation when they are completed.Great photo!

Comment by: Veronica on 9th December 2021 at 09:43

It would have been a tragedy to demolish this building. I'm glad it's only the outer buildings. It will be interesting to see this building alongside the new. I imagine this one will still be standing when the new ones are long gone. I would love to see the deeds to this farmhouse. It's in a lovely spot, where the property developers like to buy up the land. It's happening everywhere... we are being robbed of the countryside. Lovely photo Dennis as usual...
'Anybody ' who finds fault with this photo need their bumps testing. I was going to say 'feeling' but best not!

Comment by: John G on 9th December 2021 at 10:05

Dennis: Good photo interesting what’s going on around Wigan, their appears to be a lot of building activity.
Veronica: Don’t you worry about bumps, I’ll deal with um, but I’am not going any where near Micks.

Comment by: Edna on 9th December 2021 at 10:21

Good photo Dennis, as always.Aspull is a lovely village, with some great walks, and magnificent views on our doorstep.Thank you.

Comment by: Mick on 9th December 2021 at 10:29

Which door would the amazon van man knock on.

Comment by: Pat McC on 9th December 2021 at 11:33

A beautiful farmhouse, looks very inviting and homely. I agree with you Veronica, it would indeed have been a tragedy if this had been listed for demolition.

Comment by: Syd Smith on 9th December 2021 at 11:51

I bet the owners wished this old fashioned farm house wasn't listed, and he could knock it down and build a few more extra houses in its place.
And I bet all of you making the sympathetic comments on how lovely it looks would do the same if given half the chance

Comment by: Veronica on 9th December 2021 at 12:09

I don't blame you John G. Amazon could always knock on the bumps!

Comment by: TerryW on 9th December 2021 at 12:18

According to my lady friend you cannot demolish a listed building.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 9th December 2021 at 12:23

I couldn't agree more Edna !x

Comment by: peebee on 9th December 2021 at 12:44

Mick, non of them, he would just dump it on the floor.

Comment by: irene roberts on 9th December 2021 at 13:42

Syd, I for one wouldn't knock it down at any price.

Comment by: Veronica on 9th December 2021 at 14:03

Neither would I Irene, I would consider it a privilege to live in it and hand it down through the generations. At least it won't have to be sold to pay for any nursing/ residential care!!! ( if needed)

Comment by: Syd Smith on 9th December 2021 at 14:52

Irene I bet you would when you found out how much it was costing you to keep it warm, you get some very cowd winds blowing of the west pennines in Aspull

Comment by: Mick on 9th December 2021 at 15:05

Just heard the Dover Locks burner down to the ground,, Irene is this down were you live.
I don't think they will be rebuilding it, maybe they will build some nice modern canal side houses and apartments for the younger generation.

Comment by: irene roberts on 9th December 2021 at 20:45

Syd, you're so wrong. Why do people always feel money is the most important thing? If that was my home I would never sell it. What my children did after I had gone wouldn't bother me as I would know nothing about it. Mick, I believe The Dover Lock has been on fire. Whether it is "burned down to the ground" I really don't know.

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