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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 14th November, 2009)

Mesnes Field

Mesnes Field

Photo: Brian  (Fuji Finepix S7000)
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Comment by: Mick on 14th November 2009 at 07:50

There an article in todays Wigan evening post about this field and a group who have got together to try and save it.

Comment by: Helen on 14th November 2009 at 08:16

This view seems to bring back a recollection, is the the building at the back of the field the Grammar School ? The Market Hall was at the back or the left hand side...or am I completely wrong ?

Comment by: dave marsh on 14th November 2009 at 08:43

I remember the last time I went through these gates in 1956.The event was a lunchtime snowball fight between the Grammar School and Thomas Linacre.The Grammar were ready assembled at the far side and gave us a hammering.

Comment by: rebian on 14th November 2009 at 09:12

This used to be our school field for Mesnes High, football,rugby,cricket etc, the building on the left with the green door used to be the groundsmans.

Comment by: dave marsh on 14th November 2009 at 09:38

The last time I went through these gates was the Winter of 56/57.A lunchtime snowball fight had been arranged between The Grammar School and Thomas Linacre.The Grammar School were lined up across the field as we entered and we were given a severe hammering.Belated congratulations to any Grammar boys who were there.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 14th November 2009 at 09:50

Very nice photo, Brian. Brings back memories of classrooms and sports days.

Comment by: peter frost on 14th November 2009 at 10:29

surprised there arent apartments on here by now.
such a lovely spot in the heart of Wigan

Comment by: dot on 14th November 2009 at 11:06

The building on the far left of the field used to be the surgery, and home of Dr Talwyrn Jones. The waiting room was always spotlessly clean, and the linoleum floor was highly polished. Medicines were dispensed there, and as children, we always had either the red medicine or the brown medicine. Either way, it did the trick!!

Comment by: sue.64 on 14th November 2009 at 22:52

remember doing sports on that field when the school was then mesnes high.

hockey. athletics, javelin discus etc were all done on that field

Comment by: Ellen on 15th November 2009 at 00:00

I, too remember this area as the Grammar School and Field. Helen, I think the Market Hall would have been at my back if I were standing there.Please correct me if I'm wrong,some things are a little cloudy at the distance of over 40yrs.absence!

Comment by: sane man on 15th November 2009 at 02:18

We trained on here for our inaugral Touch Rugby season. We named it "The Field of Dreams" I remember Sam Panapa walking over giving us a training session one time. I see to remember we had a good season, but i might be wrong ;-)

Comment by: Roy on 15th November 2009 at 13:40

You don't need correcting Ellen, it's as you say! I was running around Mesnes field in 1953! I can't recall Dave's snowball fight, but can remember others,throwing from TLS to the Grammar school gates. Also at the rear of TLS against All Saints.

Comment by: margaret on 15th November 2009 at 14:45

We must keep that, as what other town anywhere has a cricket (as I remember) pitch in the centre of town, as Convent girls we used to line the railings and pick who we thought was the best looker , never mind the player

Comment by: peebee on 24th November 2009 at 16:17

I spent many a happy hour running round that field,as a school lad at Tommy Linacre.The long jump sand pits were out of sight to the left and I think the squash court was just ot of sight to the right.When I took my motorbike test, the road down the side of the G/S was where the instructor used to jump out for your emergency STOP !!.
If you could turn 180* that's where the bus station was and we used to catch the bus home to Owfen.
I too can remember lobbing sods over the road at the G/s lads while waiting for the bus to take us down to Chrisopher park and Woodhouse stadium. Oh happy days

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 22nd December 2012 at 23:08

It`s a very great pity that the view from there today isn`t the same.

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