Parson's Walk15 Comments
Photo: Dennis Seddon
Item #: 27457
The large winding wheel that is secured at the side of the school. Does anyone know which colliery provided it?,
Albert, it is from Maypole Colliery.
Think it was the Maypole
I Think it Could be Bickershaw Colliery
Pony Dick Colliery I believe
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.
Thank you all. I am sure such a gift will be recorded somewhere. Worked at the Maypole Colliery, 1949, to 1953.
Didn't the street look a lot nicer with all the trees in it?
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.
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.
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.
A pleasant view, unlike the monstrous warehouse that is the Youth Zone today.
Chris. Weren't you an engineer at the Maypole Colliery, or one of your relations?. The name Southworth is very familiar
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.
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.