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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 12th March, 2024)

Nice Bungalow

Nice Bungalow
Nice bungalow on the Leeds Liverpool canal close to Wigan.

Photo: John (Westhoughton)  (iPhone)
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Comment by: PeterP on 12th March 2024 at 06:39

If you like privacy you would not want to live here. Every one using the canal/towpath looking over and overlooked at the back also.The water looks a muddy grey and I bet there a few rats in the banks

Comment by: Arthur on 12th March 2024 at 06:54

Would this be Gathhurst, John?
Where ever it is, it looks lovely especially during the Summer months.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 12th March 2024 at 07:17

A nice photo John, a peaceful, waterside place to live, complete with boat for messing about on the river...oops that should be canal !

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th March 2024 at 07:50

That's a nice scene and looks to be a peaceful place to live. I like the reflection of the trees in the water.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th March 2024 at 07:52

Looks like they’re short of nothing. I particularly like that gas lamp. The boat is very nice as well…and the outlook. I have no idea where it is.

Comment by: good old days on 12th March 2024 at 07:56

not sure but could be a extension of the main bunglow

Comment by: T on 12th March 2024 at 08:18


Comment by: Colin Traynor on 12th March 2024 at 08:22

Lovely peaceful scene John. How nice to sit and relax on that veranda at any time of the year taking in the scenery.

Comment by: Sue on 12th March 2024 at 09:09

It's one of the most sort after places in Wigan, Gathhurst/Shevington, a really nice and safe community to live.
The people are so nice and where ever you walk the streets are clean.

Comment by: Sandra on 12th March 2024 at 09:15

Looks like Gathhurst People have money there.

Comment by: Garry on 12th March 2024 at 09:25

PeterP your right about being overlooked, especially by the large house.
It wouldn't do for me, although it's lovely, I'd fall in the canal after a few glasses of sherry, plus the smoke from my coal fire may annoy the people close by.
Cheers John.

Comment by: Jembo on 12th March 2024 at 09:35

It's a lovely place right down to the locks etc. it's been too many years since I was there!

Comment by: Malc on 12th March 2024 at 09:40

I think this could be Mick's stomping ground. Gathhurst.
He photographed quite a few shots canal dwellings from Parbold Appley Bridge, Gathhurst and the famous Shevy. Good photo John.

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 12th March 2024 at 09:57

Peter P , were you ever an Estate Agent ?
Thought not :-) .

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 12th March 2024 at 10:05

It looks like the bottom of Gathurst/Shevington, near to the old Navigation pub. A nice quiet location but a bit too close to the water for me, flood risk.

Comment by: Joan on 12th March 2024 at 10:38

The waters aren't mucky they have never been as clean, the canal always looks brownish after rain.
It's not an ideal place to live because you get too many gorpers and noisy traffic at the old hump back bridge.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 12th March 2024 at 10:47

Arthur I would say more like Standish Lower Ground than Gathurst but Mick would know precisely as I only enter or exit the towpath at Parbold or Wigan along that section sorry couldn’t be more precise.

Comment by: Jean on 12th March 2024 at 11:02

Not mad on the idea of living so near to a canal,rats for one thing.

Comment by: Meg on 12th March 2024 at 11:18

Lovely peaceful scene and a very nice bungalow but you wouldn't be able to let children play in the garden. I'd be terrified of them falling into the water, so not for me thank you!

Comment by: Gary on 12th March 2024 at 11:49

WN1 Standisher - an insurance assessor would think the same.
Also agree with Peter P - rodent risk.

Comment by: Pat McC on 12th March 2024 at 11:56

Sue - don't know about Shevington being 'safe' - a man was found murdered there in 2022 - no different to many other towns and villages I'm afraid.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 12th March 2024 at 11:56

Catchup time ,Veronica I was to busy to bother going to that meeting with Criss Green and co so don’t know the outcome,Colin with posting the photo of Aspull end of Borsdane Wood I was thinking did you ever live near by as my sister who would have been 92 years old who lived in Westhoughton had a good friend Annie Traynor and Pearl that lived on the border of westhoughton and Aspull maybe a relative to you,Irene great area around Ingleton we’ve done the Ingleton Falls Trail and White Scar Caves several times and delivered concrete to Dent also Hanson Quarry at Ingleton………Ozy I’ve worked out of Garston Dock also but much later than you as we have a plant there and did most of the regeneration around Albert Dock,M&S Arena etc etc good times.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 12th March 2024 at 12:00

John, after the recent fuss over Catherine’s picture, I think this has been ‘photo shopped’. For two reasons I have spotted.
1. The boat has been taken off the Thames.
2. Maureen has been expunged from the front deck.
Amazing that no one picked up on this gratuitous falsification.
Kensington Palace tipped off!

Comment by: Parbold Dave on 12th March 2024 at 12:07

yes and they'd need money too for the high insurance with being so close to water, and they'll need the boat for when it floods, then there's the vandals and the druggies off the estates to contend with as well as the rats chewing everything, also there's the constant roar of traffic from the very busy motorway that's just a stones throw away, so as for it being peaceful or nice and quiet, no it is definitely not. You can also see the stream where the outfall from all the septic tanks runs into, it then flows into the canal, looks nice with the wooden bridges, but will be awful in summer with swarms of biting midges.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 12th March 2024 at 12:13

Veronica I have one of those gas lamps almost identical,I bought several £25 each in the early eighties as believe it or not they were being scrapped in regeneration areas same as the old telephone boxes but certainly not scrapped now.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 12th March 2024 at 12:56

This is better than the comedians ha hahaha,as my 102 years old mother-in-law says the world would be an awful boring place if everyone thought the same .

Comment by: Gareth Cheetham on 12th March 2024 at 13:57

Very little chance of flooding here...there is a run-off overflow weir on the canal about 6 or 7 hundred yards away, and it's well above the level of the river at this point. You can never say never, obviously, but the Douglas Valley would be flooded to a depth of about 30 feet before this house was at risk...

Comment by: Veronica on 12th March 2024 at 14:27

I don’t think I would like to dip my toes in the water above.
John I believe the ‘Hub’ is proceeding.
My friend who lives in a lovely cottage down by the side of the Post Office set back on the left , has been banned from Chris Green’s Office because she keeps complaining of the cars that park illegally down there. His two ‘male office helpers’ were very rude to her. It seems he’s not much help over small complaints only in the big ones like having a bank in Market St. That street where she lives could do with one or two of those gas lamps! The only light is from what used to the Vic! It’s pitch black at the bottom. ;o))

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 12th March 2024 at 14:58

Canals don't flood !

Comment by: Sandra on 12th March 2024 at 15:24

Correct Dick Dastardly.
Canals can't flood because of the overflow next to every lock.

Comment by: Gareth Cheetham on 12th March 2024 at 15:33

Quite righ DD...that's what I was referring to with the overflow weir. I don't know what the technical term is for them, but they act just like an overflow if there's too much water entering the canal. The water runs over the edge into the river well below. Historically, the problem had always been keeping enough water IN canals, which is why so many holding reservoirs had to be built to 'top up' in dry periods..

Comment by: Jembo on 12th March 2024 at 17:56

Mr Dasterdly...


Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 12th March 2024 at 18:21

Veronica never had much time for Chris Green but even less after what has been said.
Colin you to have a sense of humour excellent.

Comment by: Scaff Holder on 12th March 2024 at 19:56

Bung a low roof on it.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 12th March 2024 at 20:32

Cheers everyone have a good evening.

Comment by: e on 12th March 2024 at 20:32

This place to me is the gown I own ,
its thread can never leave me
for I am it and it is me ,
yours , I hope , means same !
The story of this Brew I climbed
with childhood eyes enquiring
has left me with that place again ,
that pulls me back with need .
In my mind I see this place
as each my footsteps climb
Ask how I feel
Well , my true is real
in wanting to climb again …

Comment by: Cyril on 12th March 2024 at 21:08

It was around about here that old railway carriages were parked up at one time if anyone remembers them, and I'm not sure if they were for living in, for storage or if the hens that could be seen were kept in them, also there was a goat or maybe two tethered up on the land.
There are only two lions to be seen now.
If the folks who bought the land like living there then good luck to them, though it isn't a place where I'd be happy to live.

Joan, do folks actually stand on top of that bridge just to have a gawp?
I may be wrong but I haven't noticed a pavement on that side of the bridge where folks could walk, is there?

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 12th March 2024 at 22:27

John, glad you appreciated my sense of humour, that’s what it was meant to be. These days so short in supply.
Loved your photo. Cheers.

Comment by: Roy on 13th March 2024 at 10:15

DEFINATELY next to the Navigation Bridge Shevington. Where the conservatory is there was once a small swimming pool, not a very private one though !!

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