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 Photo-a-Day      (Friday, 7th March, 2014) Views: 2,816 
Semi-rural rides
 Semi-rural rides   by Rev David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
Arbour Lane, Standish. St Marie's RC Church bell-tower is above the rider's left shoulder.

Comment by Mick on 7th March 2014 at 00:11
I used to run across the fields from the old St Maries school and come out there and then catch the bus from just around the corner.


Comment by Ken R on 7th March 2014 at 01:10
Nice quiet photo Rev. Paleface ride on left side of road.


Comment by peterp on 7th March 2014 at 08:10
Make the most of these views around Wigan before they become part of the urban jungle


Comment by Rev David Long on 7th March 2014 at 08:42
peterp, when I heard that houses were to be built off Almond Brook Road I assumed that they would go on these fields, to the south of the road. They are, however to go in the area to the north of the road, and so will be behind the existing houses along there, Preston Road and Pepper Lane. Most people won't be aware that they're there - in the same way that I, as a newcomer, didn't know until I went for a walk in that area that there was a large open space there.
Without going into the arguments about the development, I'm not surprised that the Government's Inspector thought the area suitable for infilling with hundreds of houses. And I'm relieved that they won't be building here, yet. However, if the plan to build the road through from Junction 27 under the 'bridge to nowhere' is ever revived, there will be a dual carriageway through this area.


Comment by Lizzie down under on 7th March 2014 at 10:13
Nice picture Rev David...I probably roamed this area with my friends as a child...happy days they were...cheers!!!!


Comment by alan lad on 7th March 2014 at 20:13
Is that not Arbour lane in the background ?.


Comment by alan lad on 7th March 2014 at 20:19
think Paleface is on Aspinall road just come to me but I mit be wrong.


Comment by Rev David Long on 7th March 2014 at 23:23
The pic was taken on Arbour Lane.
I saw an 1840s map today whilst researching something else. Arbour Lane was known as Windy Arbour, and Almond Brook as Ormand Brook.


Comment by alan lad on 8th March 2014 at 10:27
Well Rev David that's me put in my place.


Comment by Rev David Long on 8th March 2014 at 13:01
No, alan - it's simply put Paleface in its place. ;-)


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