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Parson's Walk
Photo: Dennis Seddon
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Parson's Walk, Wigan 1950s

Comment by: Albert. on 18th January 2016 at 12:50

The large winding wheel that is secured at the side of the school. Does anyone know which colliery provided it?,

Comment by: Ken R on 18th January 2016 at 16:50

Albert, it is from Maypole Colliery.

Comment by: Stan on 18th January 2016 at 17:11

Think it was the Maypole

Comment by: JB on 18th January 2016 at 18:05

I Think it Could be Bickershaw Colliery

Comment by: Stan on 18th January 2016 at 18:20

Pony Dick Colliery I believe

Comment by: Ozymandias. on 18th January 2016 at 19:28

Albert, if you go to Wigan Today, it states that the wheel came from Bickershaw colliery. I'm not saying that this is true you understand, I'm merely stating that this is what it says on Wigan Today. You've already been given several options from which to choose, and I'm afraid that's what you'll have to do ultimately It would appear, choose for yourself.

Comment by: Albert. on 19th January 2016 at 10:17

Thank you all. I am sure such a gift will be recorded somewhere. Worked at the Maypole Colliery, 1949, to 1953.

Comment by: john brown on 19th January 2016 at 16:46

Didn't the street look a lot nicer with all the trees in it?

Comment by: Carolaen on 19th January 2016 at 18:06

john brown - have the trees gone? Why ? I left Wigan in 1970 after leaving WGS so walked past here every schoolday for 7 years. These trees were a lovely feature and happy memory of past times.

Comment by: chris southworth on 20th January 2016 at 09:06

The wheel definitely came from Bickershaw in the early 1990's, just before the pit closed. It was the spare which always had to be kept at the pit in case of problems. Maypole closed in 1959, any scrap such as the pulley wheels would have been long gone. But have you noticed a subtle move by Wigan Council to try and hide another symbol of our mining heritage by moving the wheel from the front of the college on Parsons Walk to the side.

Comment by: Dennis on 20th January 2016 at 10:07

Wigan should be proud of it's Mining heritage The thousands of Wigan men and women who worked, suffered and died in Wigan mines deserve to be remembered with something more prominent than a wheel hidden in a corner. Maybe we should replace that ridiculous face in the Wiend with something more fitting.

Comment by: Kenee on 20th January 2016 at 10:28

A pleasant view, unlike the monstrous warehouse that is the Youth Zone today.

Comment by: Albert. on 20th January 2016 at 11:37

Chris. Weren't you an engineer at the Maypole Colliery, or one of your relations?. The name Southworth is very familiar

Comment by: chris southworth on 21st January 2016 at 09:02

Dennis and Kenee, I couldn't agree more, but you're just wasting your breath and time trying to tell the powers that be at Wigan Council. They just want to sweep what is left of our heritage out of the way of their "modernisation".

Albert, it might have been my uncle Gerald who you knew at Maypole, he was an engineer. I was a surveyor at Golborne.

Comment by: jcf on 6th February 2016 at 12:55

Chris did you work with George Smith, who I am sure was also a surveyor for the NCB in the 60's and 70's and lived quite close to the Brocket Arms.

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