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Photo: Graham Parkinson
Item #: 32552
Thanks Graham , I like then and now pictures. It shows what Wigan has lost . Wigan still exists but its soul is elsewhere . Thank you for posting .
I was born and brought up just behind the church, in a little row of six houses set back behind the presbytery garden wall; they were numbers 75 to 85 Ince Green Lane. I lived at 85. This lane was my childhood and those pavements were my way home.
Irene. Great family friends lived in one of the houses, at the extreme end of the houses on the right hand side, before the church. Jimmy & Jane Mayers.
Albert, the people in the end house just before the church were called McKnight when I was growing up but that was in the 1960s. The Mayers may have lived there in the 1950s or before.
Thank you Irene for your reply. If I remember correctly, the row of houses went on a bit of an angle towards the church. They lived in the house, about three or four houses in that terrace, before reaching the church.
I served some of my apprenticeship with Bill McKnight a real character,he lived in Pickup Street before moving to Ince Green Lane.
I left a comment earlier Albert but it seems to have been missed off so I'll re-try. I apologise about misunderstanding about where your friends lived...I thought you meant they lived in the house next to the church. Yes, the houses WERE at a bit of an angle and the pavement if front of the McKnights was very wide and we children took advantage of it to play top and whip. The pavement in front of the houses at the other end of the row was standard width.
Irene in the 1940/50s the end house nearest to church was Dawbers.Albert.S was Jimmy Mayers an Irishman and worked at Irlam Steelworks?
Thankyou Evelyn. I hope Albert sees your reply and gets back to you. He is an absolute Gentleman and his posts are always welcome and interesting.
No Evelyn. True Wiganer, both him and his wife, Jane. In the sixties they both went to Australia to visit a relative. Prior to living in Ince Green Lane they lived in Tank Street, at the top of Belle Green Lane. Jimmy was a staunch Wigan.R.L. Supporter. Thank you Irene for those few kind words.
I remember Bill and Annie Mc Knight.He worked on quite a few jobs with my husband, and his brother. Late 60's
Albert S...then we didn’t know your friend Jimmy. We lived at No 111 from 1961 to March 1968.
Evelyn. It may be me that I’m getting the dates wrong. It may be the 1970s. They moved when they demolished the houses at the top of Belle Green Lane.
It may also have been the time when they built all those houses where Raven Street was. Relations’ of mine moved into one of those houses. They had lived at the top of Belle Green Lane.
I remember Raven Street and Farmer Street being demolished. I would say it was mid-sixties but the mind plays tricks. I remember looking down Farmer Street one dark night off the church bridge in the early sixties and it looked almost Dickensian. I'm glad I knew those streets, though.
Mentioned this previously Irene. My grandmother lived at either No1, or No2, Raven Street. She died in 1950, aged eighty seven. She would have been eleven when Custer had his last stand, at the battle of ‘The Little Bighorn’
Irene. My grandmother was born in 1863. The ‘ Battle of the Littlebighorn ‘ Custer’s last stand, was 1876. I remember her telling me that she was in service with a well to do family, in White Chapel when Jack the Ripper was carrying out his dastardly deeds.
to Albert you must be talking about my auntie jane and uncle jimmy mayor. my mam was margaret auntie janes sister.they moved from tank st to smith st when uncle john and auntie heidi emigrated to australia in 1959/60 and we moved to 9 tank st auntie jane and u jimmy moved to 137 ince green lane mid 60s. he did love his rugby he also loved his pen which he had at the top of the lane he grew everything from dahlias to every veg you could name. our house was never short of a bunch of flowers or veg. loved them both very much