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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 12th April, 2023)

Spring in the Park

Spring in the Park
Wigan Park, springing back to life after a miserable Winter.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 12th April 2023 at 04:17

I am thousands of miles away, but this wonderful photo makes me feel that I am there.
Thank you, Dennis.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 12th April 2023 at 07:23

That says England to me. It is still a green & pleasant land whatever people may say otherwise. Lovely scene you captured Dennis.

Comment by: Garry on 12th April 2023 at 07:54

Great fantastic photo of Wigan Park. Little has changed over the years and why should it, it's beautiful. Cheers Dennis.

Comment by: Sandra on 12th April 2023 at 07:59

I'm so clad you said Wigan Park Dennis, because that's what it is. The word Mesnes Park never gets used in my book. Lovely photo.

Comment by: Roylew on 12th April 2023 at 08:30

Childhood memories…a day out on the bus from Golborne…playing hide n seek in the bushes

Comment by: Veronica on 12th April 2023 at 08:33

The Park is still looking lovely in the sunshine after all these years. Not much has changed apart from the fountain. Owd Francis is still thinking about life in general and all’s well in his world. Altogether a very nice view of Wigan Park.

Comment by: PeterP on 12th April 2023 at 08:34

Nice photo of the park .Has it gets warmer we will have to have a stroll round the flower beds and the pond and waterfall. Maybe feed the ducks we have some suet pellets and spare bird food.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th April 2023 at 09:39

What a lovely sight, and there is Sir Francis surveying his domain. It's lovely to think that to Alan and to Helen and those who no longer live in Wigan, it's a little taste of Home. (That makes it sound like an Uncle Joe's Mint-Ball, but you know what I mean!). Thankyou, Dennis, for such a heartwarming scene as we go into Spring.

Comment by: Poet on 12th April 2023 at 10:29

Only needs the brass band playing on the bandstand to make this an idyllic scene . Really nice picture Dennis .

Comment by: Roy on 12th April 2023 at 10:44

Irene, i've just sent the photo to my cousin in Australia, she rubbed his foot a short while ago, she thought it was a great place.
Thank you Dennis for the memories, 50 odd years ago i walked through the park every morning on my way to work and back again later in the day.

Comment by: Anne on 12th April 2023 at 10:58

Wonderful! all that green in such a small area.

Comment by: Tom on 12th April 2023 at 12:15

I walk through mesnes park about once a week and I can't help noticing more and more immigrants sitting on the benches talking to school girls, if I had a daughter I would be making sure that she keeps clear.

Comment by: Alan on 12th April 2023 at 13:12

Mesnes Park. Where is Mesnes, where does the name Mesnes come from ???.

Comment by: britboy on 12th April 2023 at 14:09

Photos of Wigan Park instantly transports me back to childhood and feeding the ducks.
Last time I was in the UK was 2012, I purposefully made a b-line for the park, spending quite a few hours sat on a bench taking in the atmosphere and long past memories.
When leaving I visited an old friend and rubbed his shiny shoe as I did so many years ago.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 12th April 2023 at 15:22

It comes from the word “demesne” meaning a piece of land attached to a manor, Alan.

Comment by: Arthur on 12th April 2023 at 15:33

No such thing as Mesnes Park.
Wigan Park yes.

Comment by: Sue on 12th April 2023 at 15:37

Where indeed Mesnes....Mains ??
What ever the name it's beautiful.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 12th April 2023 at 16:31

Wonderful photo Dennis, also brings back childhood memories for me. And teenage memories as well on Sunday afternoon in my best bib and tucker. I will hopefully visit there in September when I am in Wigan for two weeks.

Comment by: Sue on 12th April 2023 at 16:35

Yes Irene that’s exactly what the photo means to me “ a little taste of home “ ????

Comment by: Cyril on 12th April 2023 at 17:03

You were stood taking a photo in almost the same spot last year Dennis.

The man at the manor no longer reigns over the Mesnes, it's been discussed and explained before. https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/communicate/mb_message.php?opt=f1&msd=710453&offset=&subject=Mesnes%2520Rd

Comment by: e on 12th April 2023 at 17:03

My cloak of winter chill ,is met by warming sun , as deep I feel within ,
the new has now begun .The shiver up my spine , the one that’s ran before ,
is warmed and met by sunshine ,
to lift me from the floor .My cloak is now discarded ,
my gown just walks away ,
For now I’m left with fragrance ,
of the coming summer day ..

Comment by: Liz on 12th April 2023 at 17:05

Mesnes Park park lies to the north-west of Wigan town centre with its main entrance at the junction of Bridgeman Terrace and Mesnes Park Terrace. It comprises formal flower beds in grass lawns, a pool, children's playgrounds, mini golf, sports grounds.

Comment by: Sandra on 12th April 2023 at 17:06

Manor is a large country house in a country field. Haigh Hall would be credited with that title, but not Wigan Park...is there a Manor in the Park???
I'll stick with Wigan Park.
Thanks Dennis.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 12th April 2023 at 19:10

Sandra, the Manor House is on New Market Street, across the road from the bus station.
The land that the Park is on once belonged to the Manor.
The Rector of Wigan once grazed his sheep where the Technical Colleges now stand.

Comment by: Edna on 12th April 2023 at 21:13

Lovely photo Dennis.A jewel in the crown.Brings back memories.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 12th April 2023 at 22:17

There’s a Mesnes Park in Newton too. So to say “Wigan” Park makes sense, so as not to get mixed up.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th April 2023 at 08:59

Your description Dennis makes me wish there was a painting of how it was. Surely there must be something to look back at…wasn’t the ‘Manor’ restored?

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 13th April 2023 at 12:02

Veronica, there is a photo on the album (Item #33413) of the Parson’s field where the Technical Colleges are now.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th April 2023 at 12:38

Thanks Dennis - I don’t remember it as it was unfortunately. The college is where my granddaughter did her course on Tourism and she’s now working as cabin crew and she loves it. Flying here there and everywhere. She did very well on that course.

Comment by: Ena Malcup on 13th April 2023 at 13:51

"miserable Winter"?

oh! come on!

It was not that bad. We had some really warm and sunny days in February: warmer than what we are now getting in April! And very few days of frost this Winter.

Spring blooms are very welcome, but I think it is over egging it to suggest we had a miserable Winter, although, no doubt some folk did manage to be miserable.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th April 2023 at 14:31

It’s no wonder it was ‘miserable’ for many people Ena watching how much gas and electricity was being used … forever with one eye on the clock ready to switch it off. We did have a milder Winter but somehow it seemed colder in the house than outside..But we don’t want RasPutin to think he’s won so we get on with it and keep layering until warmer weather resumes again.

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