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Worsley Mesnes Ironworks


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An aerial view showing Worsley Mesnes Ironworks and Worsley Mesnes Colliery

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 7th February 2018 at 10:14

cracker Ron put cant place it exactly - any names on those surrounding streets?

Comment by: WILLY WACKUM on 7th February 2018 at 10:15

Can someone point out where this is? I can't fathom it out

Comment by: SteveM on 7th February 2018 at 11:34

Just checked on old-maps . Road across the top is Poolstock Lane , just off photo top left would be St. James´s church , just off photo top right would be flashes . Ironworks between Worsley Mesnes Drive and Mesnes Ave .

Comment by: trewyth on 7th February 2018 at 11:51

Poolstock Lane running diagonally across the top right of the photo, Richmond Street going up to Works gates on the right

Comment by: John Brown on 7th February 2018 at 15:48

Great picture. I went to school with a lad called Alan Bullock. He lived in Richmond St - end house, right next door to the Ironworks. We went in once or twice (his dad worked there) and I remember it as being a dirty, dark place.

Comment by: dave on 7th February 2018 at 19:09

where is the old railway bridge what crossed poolstock next to the tippings?

Comment by: Peter on 7th February 2018 at 19:09

I also remember Alan bullock from Richmond street,and also the Worthington s Wirley was his nickname And l remember the works siren sounding at dinner time.

Comment by: Geoff on 7th February 2018 at 19:17

In Worsley Mesnes it was only ever called Melling's Foundry.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 7th February 2018 at 20:43

Peter would WIRLEY be around 70ish now? I remember a lad around town nicknamed WIRLEY. Often wondered what happened to him? He was well known for stripping off naked, after he had had a few drinks. Seen him do this a few times in the Crofters..

Comment by: Peter on 8th February 2018 at 08:02

That’s the one Ron,he went to our school Highfield.He was a couple of years older than me so he would be in his 70s I believe he went to Australia with a Lad called Lemon .

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 8th February 2018 at 12:45

The white gable end, shown a quarter of the way down on the extreme right, is doing its best to look towards the direction of the shortened Worsley Mesnes Drive. The lengthier Richmond Street, doesn't have the row of houses on its left-hand side as it approaches the work's gates, so it seems to me (after some consideration) that the photo had been taken during the late 30's, or the early 40's. The square building with five windows, at the end of Richmond Street, was the office and clocking-on/off point. Below the office, and with two rows of regimented windows, is the building that became the domain of Bill the blacksmith who was aided by his striker 'little' Bert, and sometimes by Ken Rhoden - of magnificent side-burns fame. The top tier of the building was used for the storage of wooden moulds, and other various kinds of clutter. Steel plates, angle iron, joists etc., were stacked near to where the two adjacent chimmneys are shown. The triangular-shaped piece of land shown beneath MESNES, is where Jack Jolley's repair shop ('with coal fire') stood. 1964-67.

Comment by: AH on 9th February 2018 at 12:14

top right corner is worsley mesnes cotton mill ; I think this is were grange ave & Holborn ave now stand my great grand father & grandfather lived at 62 poolstock lane 1891 census

Comment by: AH on 12th February 2018 at 09:35

dave; the railway line is below the colliery; I think the other street above Richmond st was carlton st/ave this was demolished.

Comment by: AH on 14th February 2018 at 11:12

I think wirley was eric Worthington who went to all saints sec mod early 60s

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