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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 20th August, 2012)

Bomb site WW2

Bomb site WW2
Wigan Road, New Springs. Wigan's bread basket in the background. Where the tree is on the left, a bomb hit a house there, I think 1940. It went through the roof, the first floor, and blew out all the windows and doors. I remember as a lad searching the place with my mates looking for shrapnel, but found none. I don't think any one was home at the time.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Canon D60 70mm lens f8.)
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Comment by: Mick on 20th August 2012 at 00:03

You get a lovely smell coming from the bakery when your on the canal bank.

Comment by: Ken R on 20th August 2012 at 00:06

Good shot Ron, I have not seen this street from this angle before. I remember the bombing when I was a lad, walked past there many a time.

Comment by: peterp on 20th August 2012 at 07:48

Sometimes industry and houses should be kept apart,this is a good example.What a veiw when you wake up in the morning.No thanks.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 20th August 2012 at 14:06

Kirkless Street leading to Ash Lane. Your right about the lovely smell coming from the bakery Mick. I remember the firm as Harveys and the fleet of blue BMC FG lorries they used to deliver the bread and cakes. The "box van lorries" were known as the "three-penny bit" because of the hexagon shape cab design. Well done Ron.

Comment by: Den s on 20th August 2012 at 14:16

The area were this photo was taken was also the scene of another bombing during the First World War. The German Airship L61 dropped a series of bombs across Darlington St and Birkett Bank before dropping four bombs behind the Crown Hotel, New Springs. A number of people were killed and injured from this raid.

Comment by: dostaf on 20th August 2012 at 14:52

Bomb left a crater in the area.

Zeppelin raid April 12 1918.

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 20th August 2012 at 16:56

correct dostaf - wonder if Ron witnessed that as well!!

Comment by: Ron D on 20th August 2012 at 17:37

Scholes Mack. I used to hear ,my mam and dad talk about it. We come out O Howard st,next to Long Shoot,and Great Acre.

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 20th August 2012 at 18:52

i was only joking Ron -
from your birth location you will remember Heaton's removals - they has the only phone in the vicinity

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