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Whitledge Road Bryn.

Started by: alan85 (65) 

I remember as a boy in the 40s walking through the fields from Whitledge Road to Low Bank Road. Roughly where Elmsbury Street is now, there were some remains of an old building, just a length of the wall with a fireplace. As kids, we used to ask the fireman of the passing steam engines to throw some coal, then we made a fire and roasted potatoes which we acquired from the adjacent fields. I also remember going further, roughly where the motorway is now there used to be a small sewage farm, where I once slipped into one of the pits. Someone still around will remember those green fields.

Started: 3rd May 2020 at 14:42

Posted by: bambam (2101)

Hi alan85, hope you get some answers on here dougie & bentlegs may remember the fields, I recall the estate up priory rd being built in 70s as my uncle worked on them, but I'm not old enough to remember fields alan.

Replied: 3rd May 2020 at 16:48

Posted by: bert (680)

Hi Alan i remember walking from Downall Green ,through the mill fields over the railway bridge and a path at side of the railway.there was a pond where we would go after newts,it brought you out at wherre the off licence is on Wigan rd.

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 13:48

Posted by: priscus (8272)

When I was at school, (St Peter's Primary) we had been known to disappear from the classroom, and spend the day on Ashton Mill Fields.

Since that time, the rail bridge has been raised, and sits upon some blocks atop what I believe to be its original piers, but back then it was quite different. Us kids knew how to access hidden crawl spaces on top of the piers, so we had excellent hiding space in which to conceal ourselves from the eyes of any adults seen to be approaching.

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 21:07

Posted by: bentlegs (4544)

Allan 85, The fields you mention whith old brickwork wa called Ashton Pit Fields there used to be a pit there when you went over the bridge then it was the Mill Fields you ccould dlso walk to Low Bank Road.

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 21:35

Posted by: tonker (21717) 

Would there be a connection between Mill Fields and Millfield Lane?

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 21:43

Posted by: bentlegs (4544)

Doubt it.

Replied: 6th May 2020 at 15:21

Posted by: alan85 (65) 

Thanks, bentlegs, the building I mentioned could have been an old colliery.

Replied: 6th May 2020 at 19:06

 

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