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James Street, Lower Ince   Views: 2517
Photo: Frank Orrell   Item #: 29659  

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  Children of James Street, Lower Ince, who had nowhere to play except in the derelict houses and slums in 1971. The nearest playing field was over a mile away.  

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Comments by Veronica, 18th August 2017  
What a brilliant picture to look back on. The two little 'uns on the left are particularly appealing as they all are. I like the way they are arms folded in readiness!

Comments by Julie, 19th August 2017  
They don't get better than this!

Comments by Veronica, 19th August 2017  
Bash St kids come to mind!

Comments by Pete Schofield, 19th August 2017  
Great picture Health and safety experts would have a field day today broken glass hanging down etc. Yes kids had absouletly no thoughts of the dangers in those days yes the good old days I grew up in the 50s and 60s and made my own entertainment. No modern technology a lot of kids these days havent a clue what they would do without this that and t'other

Comments by Philip Gormley., 19th August 2017  
Shades of a Reuge carousel - 'tweet-tweet'.
The lad seated second from the left must have spotted something, Veronica.

Comments by Rev David Long, 19th August 2017  david@scars.org.uk 
Although those kids will have been well into their 20s and 30s by the time I went to Ince in 1996, I vaguely recognise some of their features - either I knew them, or their own children, who bore their features. Sadly, no names come into my mind.
As for playing fields, Frank, I don't which one you had in mind, but at the other end of James Street was the 'Devil's Bridge' tunnel under the WCML, leading to the vast open space of the 'cornfield', and in the other direction, they would soon have reached the large field on Winifred Street, behind Britannia Bridge School, and, a bit further on, but well within the mile, was Foster's Playing field.
A great pic, all the same.

Comments by Rev David Long, 19th August 2017  david@scars.org.uk 
In 2008 this pic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fray_bentos/2345501910/in/album-72157594155559143/ was posted on the Flickr site. As you can read in the Comments there, I identified the location - the chapel seen on the left in Frank's pic is still there, at the junction of James Street with Chapel Street. The site of the demolished shop from Frank's pic is in shot - as is a young girl, who was soon identified as Margaret Mortimer (nee Woodward). I think that may be her, second from right, kneeling in front of the shop....

Comments by Garry, 19th August 2017  
You could not get a picture like that now HSE would be all over it lol

Comments by Albert., 19th August 2017  
You can just see a small portion of "Westwood Independent Methodist Church". It would appear that where the children are, was originally a shop.

Comments by Elizabeth, 19th August 2017  
Fab photo,it looks even older than 1971.

Comments by Veronica, 19th August 2017  
Reminds me of that song with the words 'dirty as a dustbin lid' and one little lad just under the window looks like he's fallen asleep! I hope those kids see this picture.....:o))

Comments by Albert., 19th August 2017  
Throughout the fifties, and very early sixties, other than a five year period in the forces, I lived at the bottom of Chapel Street, in Winchester Grove, the side window faced towards Chapel Street. towards the end of the fifties, and 1960/61. my mother placed my police helmet on top of a tall display cabinet that stood in front of this side window. She maintained that it deterred burglars.

Comments by Maureen, 19th August 2017  
What a cracking photo this is..a moment in time if ever there was one...I hope all the kids on this shot get the opportunity to see themselves.

Comments by Mr K, 19th August 2017  
One of those young ladies didn't know at the time, that she would be lucky enough to marry me.

Comments by Maureen, 19th August 2017  
Awwwww ..Mr K.

Comments by John, 20th August 2017  
The shop was Hiltons groceries in James street I use to deliver orders for him in lower ince and keys houses

Comments by angela pickup, 20th August 2017  ang0203@virginmedia.com 
How could I obtain a copy of this photograph please?

Comments by Ste Wigan, 20th August 2017  
Takes me back to when I was 11 years old!!1

Comments by Frank Orrell, 20th August 2017  frankorrell@sky.com 
Angela, If you let me have your email address I will send photos to you free of charge.

Comments by Alb, 21st August 2017  
Normal kids getting up to normal things and likely doing no harm. But of course things like that today are frowned upon by the useless eater, lazy, McDonalds eating, coco-cola guzzling generation with have now with their constant Twitter and Facebook and Iphones/Ipads. As we often say, kids have everything these days in terms of technology and gadgets (things we can live without), yet the freedoms they have like the above photo are almost non-existent now. The powers that be don't want kids to be doing things like this, they want a dumbdown society where more and more freedom is restricted and controlled with silly regulations and laws. Now even the public fields seem to be no go areas as, particularly around Wigan, they are being turned into private football grounds with god knows how much public money being spent on it. So now the public and kids can't go anywhere, except where there are CCTV cameras watching their every move.

Comments by Andy Murphy, 31st August 2017  atmurphy@ukgateway.net 
Sat or kneeling right to left:- works in Morrisons, don't know her name, Margaret Mortimer, Philip Mortimer, Carl Sharples, don't know, Gary Sharples, Darren Woods, don't know, Sharples younger brother, can't remember his name. Only other one I know is Angela Mortimer in the window on the right. Good times, I used to play over there myself

Comments by Albert., 4th September 2017  
Andy. Were the Sharples related to the Sharples that lived in Cheltenham Avenue?. I went to school with Kenneth Sharples. He had a brother, Russel.

Comments by John, 5th September 2017  
Albert , they were no relation .two of the boys still live in James St. That photo of the pens was taken from their bed room window

Comments by Albert., 6th September 2017  
Thank you, John. It was just with the family being in close proximity.

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