Aspull in the snow by Harry Cunliffe (Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38)
Top left is the pond where the deer drink early mornings, you have to be lucky to see them, top right Aspull Moorside, bottom left cars abandoned the night before, bottom right Belmont Drive with Winter Hill in the background.
Comment by Lizzie down under on 12th February 2013 at 00:03
Brilliant Harry, more for my album.....cheers!!
Comment by Ken R on 12th February 2013 at 00:09
Thanks for these great photos, top left .where is this pond?, had lots of pies and good steak from the shops,used to go to school on the right Aspull Methodist just before the fork in the road, my best school mate Eric Feilding used to live just down there on the right RIP.
Comment by Alan (on Van Isle) on 12th February 2013 at 00:14
An excellent montage, Harry, gives a great overall view of how it was (or is).
I lived in Wigan from 1936 until 1973 and I really don't remember much snow during those years. Can't be due to "global warming" !
Comment by Brian from Massachusetts on 12th February 2013 at 01:12
Where is the pond?
Comment by Colin Harlow on 12th February 2013 at 05:00
Good photos Harry, went up to Winter Hill and Belmont area yesterday, lots of snow but passable.
Comment by Roy on 12th February 2013 at 10:13
Alan(on Van Isle) you were actually in the UK during two of the worst winters ever recorded 1947 and 1962/3. In 1947 my father and many others walked to work down Rectory Lane in Standish to the Bleachworks in deep snow and was able to reach out and touch the tops of the lamp posts, having said that they were gas lamp posts and much shorter than todays electric lamp standards. Nice quartet of photos Harry thanks for those.
Comment by Harry C. on 12th February 2013 at 14:03
Ken R and Brian. If you're coming from Wigan turn left after the bus stop at Dukes Row into Holly Road then turn second left into Manor Grove,in about 50 yards go through the gate on the right into the field signposted Crawford Wood, pass the Bridle path and walk up through the field, a few hundred yards on you're left is the pond. I have seen three deer together but wasn't quick enough with the camera and got blurred pics, I saw one early morning on the way to the airport on the A6.
Comment by Brian from Massachusetts on 12th February 2013 at 14:56
Thanks Harry....that is in the area behind where my Dad lives and where I grew up (St David's Crescent). I visited my Dad last October and I think I may have seen you on the canal bridge (on the way out of the Hall to the Plantation Gates on Wigan Lane). If it indeed was you, you were talking to a man and you had a camera in hand. Next time I will stop and say hello. I usually stay with my brother in Standish and walk to my Dad's and back through Haigh Hall every day.
Comment by Alan (on Van Isle) on 12th February 2013 at 16:33
Roy, thanks for the reminder, my poor old memory must be going !
Comment by David Barker on 12th February 2013 at 17:15
Good selection Harry,
Comment by Harry C. on 12th February 2013 at 19:37
Brian it may well have been me I spend a lot of time walking in Haigh Plantations. Thanks to everyone for your comments and interest. H.
Comment by Brian from Massachusetts on 12th February 2013 at 21:34
Thanks Harry - no better place to walk!!!!
Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 12th February 2013 at 21:40
Lovely pictures Harry.
Comment by Dave Thomas on 13th February 2013 at 07:24
Roy your right about the two worst winters i was in them both in different circumstances, I was born in 1947 and started work in 1962 don't remember 1947 but i certainly remember 1947 it was freezing and lasted for ages.
Comment by Harry C. on 13th February 2013 at 08:43
To Ken R. I just realised that your mate Eric Fielding was a neighbour since 1966 just three doors from me. H.
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