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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 15th May, 2023)

Wigan Parish Church

Wigan Parish Church
The Parish Church... but where was it taken from?

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Derek Platt on 15th May 2023 at 01:14

Great photo Dennis as always, is it taken from the train tracks that cross Wallgate. Thinking about it could be further away but in that general direction.

Comment by: Sandra on 15th May 2023 at 07:11

Aspull Dennis.?

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 15th May 2023 at 07:15

My guess, somewhere near Wigan Pier. Good photo Dennis

Comment by: Sylvia from Bognor Regis on 15th May 2023 at 07:51

This photo takes me back to my uni days, in Oxford the city of spires. Now my guess at the location of the cameraman would be down near the big roundabout  and the Asda supermarket superstore.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2023 at 08:42

I am sure some of the Wigan World Egg Heads will know Dennis. As for me I have only just got back from my hols last night and I can’t even find mi specs…-o-o-……!

Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2023 at 08:53

I would say down Wallgate to the left somewhere…

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 15th May 2023 at 09:42

I'm with the others on "somewhere down Wallgate"......what is the small building in the forefront, please? It looks like something from "Noddy In Toyland". The parish clock is like a Wigan parody of the poem "Grantchester"....."Stands the church clock at 25 to three....and are there lobbies still for tea?".

Comment by: Alan H on 15th May 2023 at 09:56

My guess is the multi stereo dar park at Wigan North West station.

Comment by: Dave johnson on 15th May 2023 at 10:13

I think it would be from asda car park roof?

Comment by: Garry on 15th May 2023 at 10:57

With these modern cameras today it could be taken from Winter Hill.

Comment by: Arthur on 15th May 2023 at 11:59

I can see the railway electrication wires and frame. Irene I think the building is what's left of the Galleries. I also think it could be taken around Haigh Hall area.

Comment by: Pete Rammy on 15th May 2023 at 13:16

Taken from great George st my grand parents lived at no48.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2023 at 13:33

I agreePete Rammy
I meant on the left looking up Wallgate (down Wallgate.)

Comment by: Cyril on 15th May 2023 at 13:58

Having on a few occasions stood and looked at the view from the top of the Asda multi-storey car park I'd say Dave Johnson would be about right.

Irene, I think the railway took over that building for their signalling, I'm sure it was once part of a mill on Wilgoose Lane, and the history of it is on here somewhere - Wallgate site I think it may be?

Here it is from Great George Street, the area around is called Tower Industrial Park. http://media.rightmove.co.uk/81k/80128/31198174/80128_WN34DP_IMG_01_0000_max_620x414.jpg

Comment by: Ena Malcup on 15th May 2023 at 14:41

I think that it is from direction of Great George Street, but a little further out. I think that the street light in the foreground is on Great George Street. It is looking over the tops of the low rise buildings upon that street. The brick building in the foreground is between this street and WCML.

The camera appears to be at the height of the streetlamp, so where along here can you get further out without other buildings obstructing the view?

Comment by: Paulone on 15th May 2023 at 14:56

Irene, I once googled lob scouse, I'ts an interesting story. Seems it is Scandanavian.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th May 2023 at 15:27

Pete,I was brought up at No 23 Great George St.

Comment by: Axcroft on 15th May 2023 at 15:35

Taking a Google Maps line from the Parish Church flag pole, through the red brick tower building that sits behind the units on Great George Street, I would say somewhere on Ormskirk Road, near the Carnegie Library building (Dorbcrest Homes).

Comment by: Pete Rammy on 15th May 2023 at 16:09

Thanks Maureen my uncle Joe lived further up,I think my aunt was Dolly?

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 15th May 2023 at 17:14

This photo was actually taken from Seven Stars Bridge, but it’s a good example of how a zoom lens can cause confusion.
It can confuse the direction between the camera and the subject by cutting out most of the reference points in between, and it confuses the distance by foreshortening the distance between camera and subject.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th May 2023 at 19:43

Pete,was their surname Ramsdale.

Comment by: Roy on 15th May 2023 at 20:37

Hi Maureen, i left you a short note on 7th May on the rug pegging post on Album.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th May 2023 at 21:39

Hello Roy,I did see it,I still find it hard to believe it was all those years ago when I last saw him...the morning after he'd died I remember looking in the mirror and thinking there's only half of me now...I hope he's seen my hubby Cliff who passed away three years ago.

Comment by: Edna on 15th May 2023 at 22:06

Very good photo Dennis, you've even got a bird in the picture as well.

Comment by: Cyril on 15th May 2023 at 22:11

Irene, about the tower in the photo, I was wrong in my memory as it hasn't nor has it ever had anything to do with the railway, however it was part of a mill originally and was David Hewitt Ltd. Phoenix Works, Wilgoose Lane, manufacturers of travel goods i.e. luggage. Here's an advertisement flyer on the Album from Ron, who states that it later became Plessey Wallgate works.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th May 2023 at 22:26

Roy,what I should have said ,is that it's so nice to 'talk' to someone that knew our Michael.

Comment by: Pete Rammy on 16th May 2023 at 09:01

Yes Maureen our family name is Ramsdale,also at no 48 my 2 aunts lived there Agnes and Margaret.on fridays and Saturdays the had a jockey weighing machine,wish I had a picture.

Comment by: Pete Rammy on 16th May 2023 at 09:23

Forgot to the weighing machine was located at the front of the market hall.

Comment by: Maureen on 16th May 2023 at 09:37

Pete,that machine used to be at the bottom of the small arcade..my Mam loved going on that..was the man that used to use it a relation? also there is a photo of Mrs Ramsdale at her front door on one of the walking day photos,I'll try to find it and let you know..we used to have a natter with one of your relatives but I've forgotten his name ..he always rode a bike..I remember Theresa,Joe who went to get into the priesthood?.and Bernard.

Comment by: Roy on 16th May 2023 at 09:53

A good lad was your 'Mick', i knew him well Maureen. 3years since Cliff passed !!! How time flies. x

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 16th May 2023 at 13:52

Whilst we're on the subject of Wallgate, does anyone on here remember a family called Glynn who lived around here, in particulary Tommy Glynn, who would have worked part time in the late 70's ?

Comment by: Maureen on 16th May 2023 at 14:51

Standisher,the name rings a bell but as yet I can't put a face to the name..and its bugging me.

Comment by: Pete Rammy on 16th May 2023 at 16:11

Maureen the machine at the bottom of the arcade was a different one,my aunties was an actual jockey scale just behind the road at the entrance to the market hall in a large canvas tent

Comment by: Maureen on 16th May 2023 at 16:56

I see Pete,I really don't remember that one.

Comment by: Maureen on 16th May 2023 at 19:16

Standisher,I'm still trying to find out how I know the name Tommy Glynn..where did he work,maybe that will refresh my memory...if you don't mind.

Comment by: Edna on 16th May 2023 at 22:42

Cyril, with reference to the advertisement from Ron.Before it was Plessy Great George St. It was Garards record players.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 17th May 2023 at 09:09

Maureen, he worked part time, most Mornings at Gordon Fords, just off Wallgate behind the Buck 'ith Vine pub

Comment by: Maureen on 17th May 2023 at 10:21

Thank you Standisher,I'm afraid I'm still stumped..I hope it comes to me soon..again thank you.

Comment by: Cyril on 19th May 2023 at 22:07

Edna, that's interesting to know, who'd have thought that Wigan had a part in folks playing their records.

Comment by: Ena Malcup on 21st May 2023 at 16:18

'Garrard' ( the turntable manufacturing company) was sold to Plessy in 1960.

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