I remember

Factory whistle
I remember...

the lunch-time factory whistle

Comment by: donald baker (roby mill, england) on 1st June 2019

the hooter at lino works appley bridge it used to sound off 5 minutes to 1 oclock ready to start work again in the afternoon the year would be 1947

Comment by: Chrissie (Bury, England ) on 17th August 2013

My auntie lived in grove road upholland and also worked in the laundry . she used to give us tips how to pack our clothes when we were doing are cases . I think Tommy Rathbone may have owned it

Comment by: Chrissie Eccleston Muller (Bury, England) on 17th April 2013

I remember working at coops in Dorning St Wigan . We would go into dead mans park for lunch , until the hooter went for us to go back . What's happened to the Grand hotel . Used to be one of my favourite pubs in the 60s

Comment by: Margaret grant (jones) (Standish, Englandi remember the lunchtime hooter ) on 30th July 2012

And running to the chop shop for friends lunches wish I could run like that now lol

Comment by: Joan Barnes (wigan, Lancs) on 24th May 2012

I too remember the whistle blowing at The Empress mill My Mam worked there for many years as did my sister in law when she came home you could smell the cotton and it was all in her hair and in the summer time the doors at the bottom of the factory that led on to Anderton st were allways open to let in the fresh air my mam said they all worked hard but she loved going to work she used to bring me the chalk that they used to mark the bobbins with and I would use it to colour the top of my top and whip and when it spun round it made lot of different colours I also remember the big weigh Bridge that was in the middle of the yard and on a thursday night I would go to meet my mam when I came out of school those were the days.

Comment by: Bill Eatock (Wigan, England) on 1st December 2009

I remember my mother rushing to get ready for her shift at the Empress. Me and my sis used to go for a chat with her at school dinner time at one of the side doors in Anderton Street. We took her a pie we'd got from the shop on Ince Bar. The noise from inside the factory was horrendous. Didn't damage her hearing though as she can still hear a pin drop and she's now over 80 and fitter than me!.

Comment by: irene roberts nee griffiths (abram, wigan, england) on 21st November 2009

I remember the hooter at the Empress Mill in Ince in the late 50s/early 60s. All the mill-workers used to have cotton-fluff in their hair and on their clothes. On hot summer afternoons in Anderton Street you could hear the hum of the looms which must have been deafening to the workers inside, and there would be bits of cotton floating in the air....you could actually smell it; a faint oily smell. On New Years Eve at midnight all the local factories would sound their hooters and the church bells at Ince Parish would ring out...magic!( We only had fireworks on bommy night then).

Comment by: bethany rosbotham (wigan, england) on 13th October 2009

I dont have a memorie but these are good to help me with homework thankyou :)

Comment by: carol (wigan, england) on 4th May 2009

I remember the smell of a "burnt boilng" from santus the toffee factory next to coops

Comment by: annette (upholland, lancs) on 20th April 2009

does anyone remember the grove laurdry in upholland with old bill johnson

Comment by: carole shambley ne smith (wigan, england) on 4th April 2009

i left school in 1975 and started at coops i worked there until i left to have my first child who will be 30 this year i remember well the whistle and yes the smell of that toffee in summer when we had the windows open

Comment by: carol birchall(nee adamson) (wigan, england) on 2nd October 2008

iworked at coops and used to wait for the 1-00pm dinner whistle.....but he whistle at 5-00 was the best.

Comment by: Joan Beckett (Wilding) (wigan, UK) pre 2009.

Barbara Molyneux did you work at Gus at Martland Mill

Comment by: Joan Beckett (Wilding) (wigan, UK) pre 2009.

I remember St.Pauls church striking 12-30 dinner time and My Auntie Joan's dog Mickey going up St. Pauls Ave. to meet them coming from work at cotton goods, but on a sunday it seemed to know to go the other way and meet them coming from St. Judes church. also one Xmas eve at midnight mass we all went to church only to find Mickey the dog snuggled up in the crib at the back of the church. It was hillarious

Comment by: moodysue (wigan, England) pre 2009.

The five o'clock whistle at May Mill on Foundry Lane.... I knew my mother was coming home from work..... and the TV was broadcasting

Comment by: Jean Glover nee Ashcroft (Wigan, England) pre 2009.

I remember the one olock blower from Orrell factory, it meant I had to go in and wash my face and get beck to school for l.30 (Holgete Council School 11691.

Comment by: Mike (Rossendale, Lancashire) pre 2009.

hi rick, no the pond dose not belong to the farm it is owned by the coal board, i grew up on the beech hill estate as a kid, i remember the pond being drained and capted, as it had no bottom, there use to be an iron fram work on the pond this was part of the winding gear from the pit, i also remember the slag heaps smoking at night.

Comment by: Rick (wigan, UK) pre 2009.

I know this doesnt have nothing to do with memories i was just doing some research and gathering some information on the Giants hall colliery,beech hill and wondered if any one knew anything, what i am trying to find out is that there is a fishing pond on giants hal now and i was wondering if it belongs to the giants hall farm or is it still owned by the coal board, wigan coal and iron co. ltd any comments would be greatly appreciated please email me on the address given thanks

Comment by: Mike Berry (Rossednale former beech hill, Lancs) pre 2009.

I started work at the coops factorie in wigan after leaving school,remember the whistle, it sounded in a morning at 07.55 then again at 08.00 to start work, then 12.55, then 13.00 to restart work, i also remember the smell of melting suger from the near by toffee factory.

Comment by: barbara molyneux (wigan, lancs.) pre 2009.

i know i have written before but i just love going on this site about ince, i grew up there and loved growing up in ince . the factory girls would all wave to us as we went to our art centre. i lived in greenfield avenue and was best friends with carol mulvey, such happy happy days going dancing at the little mission, ice skating on a saturday afternoon at ince central school. and rose bridge high school. well... wonderful carol mulvey (my very best friend) pauline parr. {what a fab girl she was at school , such a laugh, cant believe she died years ago.]carol dwyer, marion hill, kathleen and vivien glynis dwyer, what a gang we were. wonderful days .

Comment by: Graham hart (Wigan, uk) pre 2009.

the steam hammer from ince forge which was at the back of the wagon works in Lower Ince it used to pound away every day you could feel the ground shake when you got near it.

Comment by: barbara molyneux (ince wigan, england) pre 2009.

i remember the factory whistle from the cotton factory in anderton st, i attended rose bridge school and our art centre was a walk down anderton st. where we could see all the factory workers in the summer waving to us as we passed on our way to art centre. what lovely memories of a womderful time as we were growing up. i loved my childhood an more than that loved rose bridge. what a shame things have to change it was a lovely era, always remenicing.

Comment by: Nicki Holden (St Helens, UK) pre 2009.

I CAN STILL HEAR THE COOPS FACTORY WHISTLE. WE WOULD ALL STAND WAITING TO RUSH OUT THE DOORS AND DOWN ALL THE FLIGHTS OF STONE STEPS TO GET TO THE EXIT AT THE BOTTOM, AND IF YOU WORKED ON THE TOP FLOOR YOU WOULD BE DIZZY BY THE TIME YOU GOT TO THE BOTTAM. EVERYONE SEEMED TO BE IN A RUSH TO GET OUT OR TO THE CANTEEN, AND FRIDAYS THE WHISTLE WOULD GO EARLY AT DINNER TIME I THINK BECAUSEM AS I RECALL WE FINISHED EARLIER ON FRIDAYS??

Comment by: ALEXA CUMMINS (CARRICK ON SHANNON, IRELAND) pre 2009.

I REMEMBER AS A CHILD COMING TO COOPS TO MEET MY MUM (KAREN CUMMINS) FOR HER DINNER THEY WERE FUN TIMES YOU WERE ALL A BUNCH OF MAD PEOPLE THERE SHOUTING AND SCREAMING THROUGH THE WINDOWS AT HOME TIME BUT I REMEMBER AS A CHILD I LOVED VISITING YOU ALL THERE

Comment by: kath (Wigan, England) pre 2009.

I worked at Coops in the seventies,I rember racing down stairs when the lunc-htime whistle blew to the canteen.

Comment by: brian naylor (wigan, lancs) pre 2009.

Iremember wagging school and hideing & playing on the rucks at abram what seemed like hours I heard the whistle blowing at the Kellogs pipe works on maypole Ind est on hearing the whistle I went home to find it was dinner time I was sent to bed and got the belt off my dad when he came home from work ah the good ole day's

Comment by: keith charnock (wigan, lancs) pre 2009.

I lived in BEECH HILL and I remember on a still night hearing all what I beleive was coal wagons being shunted I could hear buffers on wagons banging and the link chains rattling I think the sound came from the coal washer site at the top of BEECH HILL

Comment by: denise hastings (wigan, england) pre 2009.

i worked at coops and couldnt wait for the siren at 1 o clock on friday.trouble was it was payday friday morning and after a liquid lunch we wud skive off work in the afternoon!we got in trouble monday morning but it was worth it.anyone else work there in 1976?

Comment by: John G (Bury, Lancs) pre 2009.

The 'whistle' I recall wasn't so much a whistle as a siren. It came from Clarington Forge at the east end of Darlington Street. Someone must have told me that it had originally been an air raid warning - it certainly sounded like that.

Comment by: Kevtay (Bolton, England) pre 2009.

I remember all the mill girls dashing through Wigan town centre in the forties & fifties to catch the bus home at five o'clock, clothing full of bits of cotton

Comment by: doreen c (wigan, england) pre 2009.

i remeber it too when i went to work in the mill i was glad to get out for some fresh air but your hair looked a mess full of cotton but have some happy memories

Comment by: karen ring (Tiberias, Israel) pre 2009.

I remember the factory whistle of coops my parents were the landlords of the all saints tavern

Comment by: Christine Nicholson (Wigan, UK) pre 2009.

I remember the factory whistle when I lived in Ince as a girl.But the memory also with it is of the smell of the cotton on the mill workers as they walked past our house.

Comment by: Dave Marsh (St.Clement, Jersey) pre 2009.

I remember the lunch time factory whistle.The whistle blew at ten to one and one o' clock.I think the ten to one whistle was to tell the factory workers living nearby to return to work.I suppose that at one time clocks and watches were an unaffordable luxury.

Comment by: Jean J (Wigan, Lancs) pre 2009.

I never knew why it sounded at 1pm everyday, it was just a thing I was always used to hearing. I remember hearing it at new year though to welcome the start of another year and the church bells of St. Catherine;s chiming and the Wigan Parish Church's bells too.