Bomb site WW2 by Ron Dawber (Canon D60 70mm lens f8.)
Wigan Road, New Springs. Wigan's bread basket in the background. Where the tree is on the left, a bomb hit a house there, I think 1940. It went through the roof, the first floor, and blew out all the windows and doors. I remember as a lad searching the place with my mates looking for shrapnel, but found none. I don't think any one was home at the time.
Comment by Mick on 20th August 2012 at 00:03
You get a lovely smell coming from the bakery when your on the canal bank.
Comment by Ken R on 20th August 2012 at 00:06
Good shot Ron, I have not seen this street from this angle before. I remember the bombing when I was a lad, walked past there many a time.
Comment by peterp on 20th August 2012 at 07:48
Sometimes industry and houses should be kept apart,this is a good example.What a veiw when you wake up in the morning.No thanks.
Comment by Colin Harlow on 20th August 2012 at 14:06
Kirkless Street leading to Ash Lane. Your right about the lovely smell coming from the bakery Mick. I remember the firm as Harveys and the fleet of blue BMC FG lorries they used to deliver the bread and cakes. The "box van lorries" were known as the "three-penny bit" because of the hexagon shape cab design. Well done Ron.
Comment by Den s on 20th August 2012 at 14:16
The area were this photo was taken was also the scene of another bombing during the First World War. The German Airship L61 dropped a series of bombs across Darlington St and Birkett Bank before dropping four bombs behind the Crown Hotel, New Springs. A number of people were killed and injured from this raid.
Comment by dostaf on 20th August 2012 at 14:52
Bomb left a crater in the area.
Zeppelin raid April 12 1918.
Comment by Scholes Malc on 20th August 2012 at 16:56
correct dostaf - wonder if Ron witnessed that as well!!
Comment by Ron D on 20th August 2012 at 17:37
Scholes Mack. I used to hear ,my mam and dad talk about it. We come out O Howard st,next to Long Shoot,and Great Acre.
Comment by Scholes Malc on 20th August 2012 at 18:52
i was only joking Ron -
from your birth location you will remember Heaton's removals - they has the only phone in the vicinity
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