Heyes' Bridge...

Started by: jarvo (30011) 

Just heard from a close friend that Heyes' bridge, the bridge that crosses the ex L and Y railway line at Pemberton, has got an inscription on it carved in one of the stones.

I have never seen this, nor was I ever aware of it. On investigation this morning I cannot see anything inscribed giving the name or date it was constructed.

Has anyone got any info on this?

The bridge crosses the railway just off Leopold Street and leads to the Highfield Merton Road estate.

Started: 27th Nov 2020 at 12:43

Posted by: JR (191)

Jarvo, I haven't seen an inscription on the bridge. It might be on a lower stone that is hidden by vegetation. I don't have much info apart from the fact that it features on the Lancashire 6 inch OS map surveyed 1845-1846 (published 1849). Pemberton Station is on the map too.

Replied: 9th Dec 2020 at 14:24

Posted by: jarvo (30011) 

Thank you, JR.

Replied: 9th Dec 2020 at 14:51

Posted by: JR (191)

I study old maps as part of my work. It's fascinating to see what Wigan was like going back a hundred years ago and longer. For instance the OS 1888 to 1913 shows a football ground at the top of Bradshaw St (Pem) just to the left. This is a formal football ground (not playing fields), but I've struggled to find who's ground it was.

Replied: 9th Dec 2020 at 16:26

Posted by: jarvo (30011) 

That field is known as Oldham's Fold, JR.

I don't know who the original home team were, but I played on it many years ago.

Replied: 9th Dec 2020 at 16:50

Posted by: JR (191)

Wow, how didn't I know about it. I played at Pony Dick; I think it has been built on now!

Replied: 9th Dec 2020 at 17:33


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