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Scholes Bank...Then and Now
Scholes Bank...Then and Now
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Item #: 34841
Thanks to Colin Traynor for the recent photograph which was taken a couple of days ago

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 3rd February 2024 at 14:02

Brilliant! I love "before-and-after" photos. I think the original photo appeared in "Picture Post" magazine but I can't be certain. Quite a few Scholes photos appeared in that publication.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd February 2024 at 14:27

I remember the old terraced houses I think they were the first to go.
Many memories from those days. Such happy hunting grounds for us kids.

Comment by: Edna on 3rd February 2024 at 22:40

I love these old photos, they bring back, lots of memories.Thank you.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 4th February 2024 at 10:46

Walking up Hardybutts I was a bit bewildered by the change. I thought Hardybutts ran all the way past the former Black Bull in the distance, now a post office and convenience store but I think the name has changed to St Patrick’s Way?

Comment by: Veronica on 4th February 2024 at 13:06

Hardybutts ran all the way to Birkett Bank Colin from where the Royal George Lodging House was. There’s no through road nowadays. It’s very confusing. It looks desolate these days. The junior school is built where the road led through. Even Patrick St is a street that goes ‘nowhere’ but at least there’s some ‘cobbles’ left where it actually was. It used to be so full of life and activity.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 5th February 2024 at 09:50

Thanks Veronica, I thought the school had been built on that road but seems to cut off St Patricks Church, perhaps there was a path through that I missed so I walked all along until I got to Darlington Street East and then turned left and walked up until I could get to St Patrick's Church. Pleasing to see that many of those side roads are still cobbled and that St Patricks Church still looks in good shape.
Walking back to Wigan I called in at The Silverwell and got some really interesting shots of the interior (and a light refreshment!) which has changed very little over the years, the entrance lobby floor still has its Victorian tiles and looks amazing.
Glad that I did call in as the brewery are soon the refurbish and modernise, I hope that these pictures feature in the near future.
PS Ron does a brilliant job of merging the old and new pictures for comparison, thanks Ron.

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