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Poolstock Lane, Worsley Mesnes

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Poolstock 1975
Photo: Fred Foster
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Item #: 27906
This pic was from my son's collection of slides. Can anyone tell me anything about it? I can see St James church but cant place the demolition site

Comment by: john brown on 23rd May 2016 at 19:21

I think Poolstock lane is on the left of this picture. I can't recall those houses being there though

Comment by: irene roberts on 23rd May 2016 at 21:12

What a sad sight.....all those neighbours....all those years.

Comment by: jim on 24th May 2016 at 00:08

its close to mottram drive

Comment by: Jim Latham on 24th May 2016 at 07:30

I think the row of houses in the foreground are part of California St. In Worsley Mesnes. The row to the right of this is in Poolstock Lane, probably across from Russ's barber's shop.
The photographer was, I think, standing on the Pemberton Loop Line railway embankment, between the Tippings Arms and Scotmans Flash.

Comment by: Jim Latham on 24th May 2016 at 07:50

Russ's barber's shop can be see on the immediate right, next to it is the opening to Ernie Woodcock's garage and then Jimmy Houghton's shop which is now a ladies' hairdressers shop.

Comment by: Mick on 24th May 2016 at 08:10

I was thinking the same regarding the location, Jim.
Could it be California St, which was back to back with Poolstock Lane, and butted up to the embankment of the Pemberton Loop line? It looks as though the pic could have been taken from up on the embankment.
I did think this street was demolished before 1975 though.

Comment by: Jim Latham. on 24th May 2016 at 08:58

Russ's barbers shop on the left as we look at the photo.

Comment by: Jim Latham on 24th May 2016 at 10:04

Russ's barber's shop can be see on the immediate right, next to it is the opening to Ernie Woodcock's garage and then Jimmy Houghton's shop which is now a ladies' hairdressers shop.

Comment by: Sir Bob on 24th May 2016 at 11:15

That location where the houses are being demolished, is now a car park and entrance to the Greenheart Flashes of Wigan and the year is more likely to have been in 1965 not 1975, because I have a 1969 street map of Wigan and that street is not showing on the map, so it must have been gone by then.

Comment by: Johnny on 24th May 2016 at 16:10

I was mates in the 60s with the Fisher brothers from California Street - Frank and Tommy. I've tried to contact them thru WW but to no.avail. Must have been abducted by aliens. Some years ago a UFO was spotted near Marus Bridge. They must have landed in Wigan, just look at the town council. :O)

Comment by: baker boy on 24th May 2016 at 23:59

jim latham is quite right its calafornia street ,I don't know about aliens landing ,but those houses today would be refurbished and used for housing aliens ,but not the extra terrestrial type of alien.

Comment by: paul on 25th May 2016 at 17:02

My uncle lived in them they got knocked down between 1972and 1976

Comment by: Anne Rose nee Crowther on 25th May 2016 at 17:52

My mum Hilda Adamson was born at 21 California St in 1919 and it was good to see a picture of it even if it was in such a state. I have never seen a photograph before this one.

Comment by: Ian on 25th May 2016 at 20:55

It this not Chapel Lane? If you look at St James church in the background this photo could have been taken just after Bradford Street on the main road near the Fox Tavern pub.

Comment by: Andy C on 26th May 2016 at 07:05

Ian, With Eckersley and Trencherfield mill to the left of St James's it must have been taken from Poolstock looking towards Wigan.

Comment by: baker boy on 26th May 2016 at 12:26

the picture would have been taken from a high vantage point,ie the pemberton loop line embankment.to the right would be waddickers flash

Comment by: baker on 26th May 2016 at 12:29

the far left of the photo shows two gable ends on poolstock lane which are now a barbers and a ladies hairdressers.under the church is a large timber shed that was I believe woodcocks garage.

Comment by: Geoff on 26th May 2016 at 13:01

Of course it's California St, you can see the pylons coming from Westwood Power Station.

Comment by: Daisy on 26th May 2016 at 16:11

I remember this street , as I come from Worley mesnes , I had a friend who lived there , can't remember names , it was a lovely st, they all had allotments opposite the houses ,which was backing on the railway ,

Comment by: Albert. on 29th May 2016 at 13:19

At one time wasn't there a grey hound track just after you had turned the corner, from Where Eckersley's factory was situated, and across the road from there, there was a dirt track that lead to Chapel Lane, with some sort of a warehouse at the other end, as it joined Chapel Lane.

Comment by: Prue on 30th May 2016 at 00:27

There was a greyhound track near to Baker St as I recall

Comment by: baker boy on 31st May 2016 at 19:28

the houses in baker street that back onto parsons meadow are situated on the back straight of the dog track.just behind chadwick street was the dog tracks car park.

Comment by: Simon Riley on 16th January 2019 at 11:00

I lived in the house that is across from russ,s Barbers , we had a compulsory purchase order and moved out in 73/74, but they had already started pulling the houses down by then. There was a path directly to the wadikers from the back, only young but great memories.
Cant remember the name of the haulage factory directly behind the barbers?.

Comment by: Peter on 5th March 2021 at 19:26

I grew up here, very nice amongst close family members, and nieces and uncles, nephews, grans and neighbours.

All living close by

And yes, reading the comments I did see the UFO

Then a compulsion order, I was aged eight by now.

I even had sort of a girlfriend who moved to Beech Hill, we went to landgate.

Life was never the same again, what with only a limited public transport back then.

In 1972

Now 2021 they built the road that should have been built all those years ago.

Do yes to answer the question it is california Street, and we all moved out around 1972

And the World asnt got any better for it Simon Riley

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