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Lurdin Lane Standish & Victoria Pit.18-07-1958.
Photo: Barrie.
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Item #: 32576
Another of my loose photographs - this time during the 2nd week of the Wigan wakes out for walk with Dad according to my diary. He had his camera with him and took this shot of me with the pit buildings in the background.It is decades since I walked round there. One for later this year after the "lockdown" has eased more.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 4th July 2020 at 17:35

2H in your top pocket Barrie?

Comment by: TommyT on 4th July 2020 at 19:19

That's Victoria pit in the background

Comment by: Roy on 4th July 2020 at 22:54

And if you do walk round there Barrie, it will be decades before you want walk round again !!

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 5th July 2020 at 11:18

I rode round there last year on my mountain bike, it's fair to say on your next visit you'll find it very different Barrie. Great photo by the way

Comment by: Barrie. on 5th July 2020 at 11:37

Philip, It was HB most of the time & still used to this day. July 1958 and according to a book I have on the Wigan Coalfields & Industrial Railways, the pit closed down during this month for good. The engine house shown recently on Album was demolished in mid 1990. In those days did the pits close down for the wakes holidays or remain working with staggered holidays. Wigan Holiday fortnight always started on the 1st Saturday after the 1st July.

Comment by: Ken R on 5th July 2020 at 15:58

My uncle "Chal" Charles, spent most of his working life at the "Vic", he had to walk from Blackrod (Little Scotland). Long days for him, but I think he enjoyed it.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 6th July 2020 at 14:16

I don't know what the pits had given come holiday-time Barrie, so I'm 'outa' there ... well, not entirely. Why not try a 4B, it'll give you almost pitch black and comes at a fraction of the cost of a seeping Sharpie.

Comment by: Albert. S. on 6th July 2020 at 16:36

My father in Law William Ashcroft worked at the Victoria Colliery until they closed it. He then went to Giant’s Hall.

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