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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 26th June, 2023)

Pagefield Mill

Pagefield Mill
Overlooking Mesnes Park.
Two kids are on the top of the mill to the right of the chimney. Great viewpoint!

Photo: Brian  (Sony DSC-H200)
Views: 1,596

Comment by: Veronica on 26th June 2023 at 03:23

Another building left to rot.. dangerous but not to them sat up there.
The trees are doing a good job hiding most of it..

Comment by: Sue on 26th June 2023 at 07:38

Love it!

Comment by: Garry on 26th June 2023 at 07:40

I think those two kids have a dog with them aswell.
Very silly and dangerous.

Comment by: Owd Reekie on 26th June 2023 at 08:01

Is it Pagefield Mill or is it Rylands Mill?

Comment by: Poet on 26th June 2023 at 08:12

It would have been quite startling to notice the figures on high without the prompt . Like something from the Wim Wender's film , ' Wings of Desire '.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 26th June 2023 at 08:17

Wonde how they got up there ? As you say Brian, a great view.
The clock tower of what was Wigan Grammar in the foreground...lots to look at in this image.

Comment by: PeterP on 26th June 2023 at 08:33

This building should have been pulled down years ago. We know the council do not own it but how long before some one gets killed or badly injured there?

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 26th June 2023 at 08:36

Good hazy photo Brian, maybe the couple are the same pair that I managed to catch on 2nd May Photo-a-Day.
The chimney is getting more and more bent every time I look up at it.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 26th June 2023 at 08:36

If they fall off their parents will blame everybody except their children.

Comment by: Steve on 26th June 2023 at 09:55

This looks like Rylands mill.

Comment by: DerekB on 26th June 2023 at 13:34

This is Rylands Mill or, at least, this was the name which was always shown on it when viewed from the Mesnes Park side.

Comment by: Paul P on 26th June 2023 at 14:45

Although this picture is about the mill I was instantly drawn to the old WGS clock tower and felt sickened at the meomories. This tower is where the infamous deputy head, Jack Sharratt, administered his vicious and unnecessary canings in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The head himself must have known what was going on but did nothing to stop or curb the assaults. Over 50 years have passed but the picture brings the memories back.
If Thomas Hughes were to write Tom Browns Schooldays today and created a character like Jack Sharratt in a position of authority then no one would believe it. They would think the character to be too extreme.
A lot of postings about Jack Sharratt on Wigan World under the heading “Whacker Man”.

Comment by: Cyril on 26th June 2023 at 16:13

Owd Reekie, it was John Rylands Mill and was later the college Pagefield Campus.

What the vandals and thieves have done to the building is atrocious, but it is obvious the owners were not and are still not bothered about the listed building, it'll be the land they have set their eyes on for them developing expensive housing.

May well be the same two Mick, hopefully they've found in there a dry corner in order to live and to sleep out of the rain, just so long they can get out of the building safely if the yobboes ever set it alight.

Comment by: Cyril on 26th June 2023 at 17:19

Paul P, it was most likely happening in all schools I'm sure, and others too will have similar memories, there were a few at Pemberton where I was, and who if the Nazis had invaded Britain would, I'm sure, have quite happily donned their uniforms and joined the SS. They would happily whack you for any trivial thing such as dropping a pencil or any other noise in class, most had cut down broom handles and one even had a collection of bamboo canes of different thicknesses for you to pick one, so as for him to mete out your punishment with. The feeling of power must have gone to their heads giving them a sense of supremacy over others, and I could well imagine that they saluted and clicked their heels when they met the head.

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