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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 12th August, 2022)

Billinge Hill View


Billinge Hill View
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Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: e on 12th August 2022 at 00:47

We are layers ,
We are each ,
Spawned from history ,
There to teach ,
Textures gathered ,
Each our own ,
fallen seeds ,
we built our home ,
Colours changing ,
but which was mine,
shades on memory ,
days of time ,
Each one mattered ,
a fragrance cast ,
A longing perfume ,
of a time once past ..

Comment by: Poet on 12th August 2022 at 07:13

What you might call a hot topic in the current energy crisis .
Demolish or re-open ?

Comment by: PeterP on 12th August 2022 at 07:31

Pity they could not re commission Fiddlers Ferry power station. How the scenery will change once it is demolished

Comment by: irene roberts on 12th August 2022 at 07:41

That's Fiddler's Ferry, isn't it?

Comment by: Veronica on 12th August 2022 at 10:34

I wonder where that name sprung from… there must be a meaning to it. Perhaps Mr Hanson will know the answer. Mind you Cyril is good on that type of question… (no sarcasm meant)

Comment by: Cyril on 12th August 2022 at 13:05

Veronica, I got this from off Google: 'Fiddler's Ferry took its name from The Ferry Tavern, which stands on the former site of a ferry that once plied its trade across the River Mersey, and in turn the sight of the power station's cooling towers inspired the name for another pub, The Eight Towers on Weates Close.'

I too had once wondered how the name Fiddler's Ferry had come about, this was some fifty odd years ago, there was a lot of names for local areas that you'd often hear of then which aren't mentioned anymore, I remember one such name was Grappenhall.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th August 2022 at 14:04

Thanks Cyril… I thought there might be a pub involved… I bet there was a bit of
smuggling /fiddling going on an aw! ;o))

Comment by: PeterP on 12th August 2022 at 14:10

Cyril Grappenhall was called Gropenhale in the Doomsday book and was a flat piece of land by the side of a river

Comment by: fred on 12th August 2022 at 15:07

i remember one of the towers falling down, it was rebuilt though.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 12th August 2022 at 18:16

I remember that day, too, fred - the same night in January 1984 one of the coaches I kept on Burtonwood airfield, next to the M62, had its rear window sucked out of its mounting onto the tarmac behind. You could see the eight towers from there - but I never noticed that one was missing - but, as you can see here, not all the towers are visible from every angle. I doubt if the station could be re-commissioned - it's two years since it closed, and I expect internal dismantling is now fairly advanced. Peel Holdings have bought the site for housing and commercial development.
Fiddler's Ferry's ancient name had just one 'd' - and the yacht club there still calls itself Fidlers Ferry Sailing Club.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 12th August 2022 at 18:25

Cyril - "fifty odd years ago, there was a lot of names for local areas that you'd often hear of then which aren't mentioned anymore, I remember one such name was Grappenhall."

Do you think Grappenhall doesn't get mentioned anymore? Jeeeeeez!

Comment by: Cyril on 12th August 2022 at 20:03

"Bruce Almighty - Go Do One."

Grappenhall doesn't get mentioned in Wigan because Rigby's Dairy doesn't do doorstep delivery anymore - a pity really as they always did leave something Positive and Tangible!

Comment by: Veronica on 13th August 2022 at 18:14

That made me chuckle Cyril… but you must mind your speech when
Speaking to the ‘Almighty’. ;o))

Comment by: Cyril on 14th August 2022 at 12:50

Veronica, Almighty, only in his own mind he is.

The humble milk bottle left on doorsteps every morning and everywhere and which we always took for granted, these are now collectable and worth money, who could have imagined it.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th August 2022 at 22:36

They were worth something when we used to buy bottles of milk from the corner shop Cyril. I remember taking sterilised milk bottles back and got a penny for each one. After washing them out my mam put them under the sink and I used to take them back. Same with Guinness bottles - they were worth threepence.

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