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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 5th April, 2024)

Across Wigan


Across Wigan
A view across Wigan from Greenough Street, without the Galleries.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-HX99)
Views: 1,670

Comment by: Malc on 5th April 2024 at 07:17

Not the Galleries again, Dennis.
Only joking. Scholes has been transformed since the days of the slum areas of the 1960s.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 5th April 2024 at 07:19

Thats a nice clear photo, I find it very colourful. Not sure where the 6 storey Hilton is going to be, where the white hoarding is ?

Comment by: Veronica on 5th April 2024 at 08:07

A nice clear photo Dennis dry for a change.
Not the street I knew.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 5th April 2024 at 08:17

I wish there was an old view, say from the 1950s or 1960s, taken from the same place. It would have been good to study "before-an-after" photos of this scene. Nice to see the daffodils on the grass verge.

Comment by: Arthur on 5th April 2024 at 08:40

Nice photo Dennis, and its not raining.

Comment by: ex wiganer on 5th April 2024 at 09:08

Nothing really nice to see only buildings of wigan and a few scruffy council houses!

Comment by: Jack Jaw on 5th April 2024 at 09:21

Irene I've always known Scholes as being very old fashioned, foggy and damp. Don't ask me why, but that's how I remember the place as a young person.
Mabe its because of all the old cobble streets and rundown houses.

Comment by: Meg on 5th April 2024 at 11:26

Another interesting photo Dennis, thank you.
Ex Wiganer the council houses don't look scruffy to me. I don't understand why people have to make snide comments about council houses and council tenants. Not all council tenants are work shy layabouts. There are many decent people renting them who even though they are working can't afford to buy or pay the exorbitant rents charged by private landlords. Come down out of your ivory tower and see how the other half live. At one point in my life I was thankfull for council accomodation.
Sorry folks I don't usually lose my patience but some things I can't let pass.

Comment by: Meg on 5th April 2024 at 11:35

Apologies to everyone for my previous post. It's really out of character for me . I do hope I haven't upset anyone. I'm so sorry Dennis.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 5th April 2024 at 11:37

Well said Meg. There use to be a "regular" on here who was always putting down council houses and the people who live in them. There are good and bad people who live in council houses and there are good and bad people who live in mansions. My kind, hard-working, decent parents lived in a council house.

Comment by: Poet on 5th April 2024 at 11:58

Daffodils
On swaying quills
Like frilled and pleated choirs ,

Daffodils
Like ignited spills
Of lemon fire ,

Daffodils
Dancing quadrilles
Of gold ,

Narcissus flames
Lantern the lane
At Scholes .

Comment by: Graham on 5th April 2024 at 12:47

I know some very good people in Council houses.
ex Wiganer a disrespectful comment you've made.

Comment by: Pru on 5th April 2024 at 12:51

There's one from 2004
https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=4&id=32760&gallery=greenough+street&page=1

Comment by: Alan on 5th April 2024 at 12:55

Well said Meg, how true you are.
Nice photo of Scholes and the flats/maisonettes.

Comment by: ex wiganer on 5th April 2024 at 13:09

Hey folks the reason that i said that about scruffy council houses was meant for the area scholes look i was born in wigan i should know scholes has always been a deprived and a rough area fair enough may not everyone who lives is bad its the area which i am talking about.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th April 2024 at 13:14

Anybody would think some people were born with a silver spoon in their mouths. The majority of us lived in rented terraced housing coming from Wigan. We had the chance of buying our own houses a lot of young ones today don’t have that chance. You are right Meg.

Comment by: Cyril on 5th April 2024 at 13:46

A good photo Dennis, showing the changes happening in the town centre and the tree lined streets that always look nice, and not bad either with only one bit of litter along there, considering how close it is to McDonalds.

I too agree with Meg, Irene and Graham, with there being nothing scruffy at all about them, the families that live in them will I'm sure, be very grateful in having a house and a roof over their heads, even if a council house.

Comment by: Jembo on 5th April 2024 at 14:08

Nice one Dennis. It'd be good to get one during and after the new stuff build.

Comment by: Chris on 5th April 2024 at 15:28

Nice photo Mr Seddon!. But the comments section is like world war three! :-D
I don't usually comment but oh my goodness!
Don't take it a!I too seriously folks! It's only the internet :-)

Comment by: Meg on 5th April 2024 at 16:41

Thank you everyone. I really appreciate your support xx

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 5th April 2024 at 17:34

Helen, I think it's been planned the new Hilton is going on Market Street opposite the entrance to the bus station, which is also apparently 500 yards away from the Town's 2 railway stations. Convenient. Why not convert Rylands Mill instead of putting 6 blocks of residential housing on there too.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 5th April 2024 at 17:39

A bit late in posting today, out and about with my bus pass.
Nothing wrong with council housing and those in Scholes always look well maintained.
Just a pity that so many were sold off, now many in the hands of private hands for high rental fees.
They were meant for low income families or those moved from the post war slums until they could get on the housing ladder or as secure homes into old age.
All that’s left these days is profit, profit, profit. Makes me angry as you no doubt can tell.

Comment by: Chris on 5th April 2024 at 18:19

Nice photo Mr Seddon!. But the comments section is like world war three! :-D
I don't usually comment but oh my goodness!
Don't take it a!I too seriously folks! It's only the internet :-)

Comment by: e on 5th April 2024 at 19:13

Meg
Pray not unfold, we both know true
never bow from that we knew
call us slums , with bog ear eyes
we each know ‘Ours ‘ when whoever tries !
God Bless !

Comment by: usual Fool on 5th April 2024 at 19:56

what a load of old cobblers

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 5th April 2024 at 20:23

The thing I miss the most from the fifties/sixties are the coal fires.
Coming home on the bus to Aspull on a cold, still Winter evening, you got to the Fingerpost and you would see the smoke from every house rising in a straight line into a darkening sky and you knew you would soon be warming your toes in front of a glowing fire.
And then there was the toast, there is nothing to compare to a toast butty done on a coal fire and smothered in real butter. No matter that I was the youngest and had to go out in the cold to fill the bucket when the coal ran out, that was a small price to pay.
Yes, the houses were old and long past their last roundup with the demolisher's hammer, but they were always warm and cosy.
Coal fires were dirty and temperamental and needed constant attention, but when you finally got to settle down in front of one, nothing, but nothing can compare with the old coal fire.
Garry, may your hearth never grow cold.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 5th April 2024 at 22:55

Dennis you must be standing taking that photo in what was Doctor Johnson’s around 1967 and could the hill in the background be Parbold?

Comment by: Meg on 6th April 2024 at 08:56

Thank you so much e. That is beautiful.

Comment by: Ann on 6th April 2024 at 10:04

I think Garry would definitely agree with Dennis.
Hope your feeling better Garry.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th April 2024 at 12:35

I believe Garry is now leaving his ‘ phone’ off the hook. Who can blame him…poor lad. Make an Egg flip Garry and look after yourself.

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