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Hindley town hall
Photo: Maurice,Ron's photo
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Item #: 29588
Ron,I hope you don't mind but Iv'd tried to make it a bit clearer.

Comment by: TD, on 21st July 2017 at 21:22

Magic Maurice. Looks like a gasometer behind the town hall and possibly Worthington Mill?

Comment by: Mary A. on 22nd July 2017 at 13:24

Yes the gas works was behind the council offices and also the fire station was in cross street.

Comment by: Maurice on 22nd July 2017 at 16:42

The ambulance station was also in Cross street,where the mill used to be was a lodge which we fished in,William Leyland ( don't call him Bill)used to collect day tickets.

Comment by: Pw on 23rd July 2017 at 06:38

I remember the gas works well, going for bags of coke up Darby lane.The factory up Cross street was only rubble and had been demolishised but I do recall there being what we always thought was an air raid shelter opposite the market.My mother told me that a man,I think she said his name was Cunliffe,who lived in Cross street near the Robert Peel was a hangman who helped Albert Pierrepoint.I don't know if this is true.I just wish I had taken more notice of what older people had to say.

Comment by: Enid Bradburn on 24th July 2017 at 14:15

Yes mr cunliffe lived in the row of terraced houses next to what was the old fire station later bradshaws sewing factory

Comment by: Lynne Forshaw on 25th July 2017 at 19:40

Identical photo was posted to Wiganworld a couple of years ago. Here's the link.

Comment by: David Wilson on 15th August 2019 at 16:12

I know a Mr Cunliffe (now in morecambe), a magician who comes from Hindley and was born behind the fire station. He has a diary from his father, who he claimed was hangman. I thought it seemed a tall tale, But it seems he was telling the truth. There is an official record of hangman called cunliffe.

Comment by: Jayde on 26th June 2020 at 23:10

Hi yes the comments about mr Cunliffe is true. It was my grandad and my grandma was florence cunliffe and the magician mentioned is my dad, Ian Cunliffe

Comment by: Wayne on 22nd November 2020 at 11:04

As a child I remember a young girl letting us in her house to see the magicians monkey. Her said her dad was a magician and her Grandad was a hangman.

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