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Old houses in Wigan
Photo: Dave Green
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Item #: 4670
Old houses in Wigan, location unknown, can you help identify the location?

Comment by: Mick on 17th January 2008 at 00:54

It looks as though this pic. was taken from the top of a railway embankment. Is that Eckersley's Mill & St Joseph's Church in distance? If so, pic may be of Poolstock area

Comment by: peter frost on 17th January 2008 at 01:10

its looking from wigan towards Ince.
the chimney was at the empress mill in anderton street and to the right is St williams church
a little down from the top of the picture on the right hand side you can just about make out the canal and clarington park and part of the Fosters playing field
i would have thought that the area in the forefront is Hardibutts

Comment by: dave marsh on 17th January 2008 at 16:06

Thanks for the photo Dave.It brings an unashamed warm glow every time I see the old streets of Wigan.

Comment by: Jean J on 17th January 2008 at 19:56

I lived all my younger years in a house like this on Scholes, 2 up, 2 down as they where called. Hard times with no bathroom, had the tin bath and the outside loo with newspaper squares for the necessities! Thank heavens for the potty under the bed on cold winter nights. The living conditions don't bring back fond memories for me really.

Comment by: dave marsh on 18th January 2008 at 09:46

Hi Jean J,My wife says I often wera rose tinted glasses but I can honestly say that growing up in Wigan in the 40's and 50's was a privelege.Everyone was more or less in the same proverbial boat so you didn't realise or notice your circumstances as a child.The parents of that time however were the ones who dealt with the day to day realities whilst we kids just enjoyed the freedom of our giant playground,Wigan.

Comment by: Gerry on 19th January 2008 at 18:50

a Bit of Triangulation from the empress mill and St wiiliams church on an old map makes this photo from St Catherines church? what do others think?

Comment by: peter frost on 11th February 2008 at 16:53

i`ll stick to my original theiry that it is hardibutts in the foreground.
on the basis that st.patricks field is on the upper right of the pic and st williams church is just above it
hence looking toward Ince from wigan

Comment by: Kevin Higgins on 4th April 2008 at 14:44

I think this is a photo taken from one of the flats in Brookhouse. The street in the middle ground is Silver Street and the large gable end just above and to the right would be the Silverwell Hotel. Taken at the start of demolition and re-development in mid 1960s

Comment by: KEVIN SHERIDAN on 9th February 2009 at 16:14

THIS IS DEFINATLEY SILVER ST IN THE BACKGROUND NEEDLES SHOP ON THE CORNER I USED TO LIVE WITH MY GRAND PERANTS AT NO 34 MY GRANDAD CHARLIE PENMAN IS SITTING ON THE STEP

Comment by: joem on 26th January 2011 at 21:02

Deffinitely Silver St in the centre with the gable end of The Silverwell. The line of houses just above centre right was Clarrington Grove with St Pats Kimmick to the right and gehind the sticks is the canal and The Grove Hr. Ince behind that.

Comment by: eric bulpitt on 5th February 2011 at 19:06

definately silver street i used to live with my grandma& grandad dickie & maggie harmer at no 38 which is the last house on the left

Comment by: CATH on 25th February 2012 at 18:01

I WAS BORN IN ZULU ST JUST AFTER WE MOVED IN WITH MY GRANDMOTHER ANNIE MCCORMICK NO 36 SILVER ST THE SHOP ON THE CORNER WAS CHARLIE NEEDLES AND NEXT DOOR LIVED LENNARDS dunns lived opposite

Comment by: M.M on 21st November 2020 at 21:10

The street in the middle of the photo is silver street first street running off it on left is dean street then Afghan street. Down at the bottom of silver street was Darlington street with hardybutts at the top.

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