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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 23rd May, 2013)


The old stone trough in Standish Wood Lane.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
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Comment by: Ken R on 23rd May 2013 at 00:03

Interesting photo Mick, how old do you think that is, and what history.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 23rd May 2013 at 03:24

Knew who`d taken this photo as soon as I saw the handlebar`s of the bike!
This is an ancient cross base (Medieval most likely).
Refer `The Wigan Archaeological Society` project blog :-

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 23rd May 2013 at 04:30

Just a question.....how old would this trough be.....there is not much left of it....I think at least 300 years old......nice bike....cheers!!

Comment by: xxxx on 23rd May 2013 at 09:12

Thouhgt this was a base for a cross as troughs tend to be big enough for an animal to get its mouth into.

Comment by: Kath Pressey on 23rd May 2013 at 09:12

i love this. it's real history and i love stuff that's covered in moss. shift the bike next time! or crop it out ;-D

Comment by: Mick on 23rd May 2013 at 10:54

Kath the bikes been left there so people who have never seen it can see its size.

Its supposed to be the base of a wooden cross but theres nobody still around who can confirm this.

And if it was a base why make that slot in it.

Theres two of these the other one is outside of one of the bungalows near to the top of Standish wood lane.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 23rd May 2013 at 11:25

Is this the only one in the lane or are there more?

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd May 2013 at 13:39

This is the ancient Pilgrim Route that Christian pilgrims walking to Whalley, Furness and Fountains Abbeys used, wayside crosses always marked these routes.

Comment by: Ellen on 23rd May 2013 at 15:03

There's at least one Wigan Worlder who has an archaeologist in his family. He and I shared emails a while ago regarding the name Livesey. If he is reading this, maybe he could ask his daughter to look at this and give an opinion on its approximate age and function.
Good idea, Mick, to leave the bike in the picture for size comparison!

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd May 2013 at 16:02


You'll find some very interesting information about Standish in this online publication. (Browser Bar Link above, copy and past in browser bar)
Especially Appendix 5 which mentions the pilgrim routes.

There has also been a discussion about the origin of the name Cat ith 'Window farm on a photo in the Album.

Comment by: ann21 on 23rd May 2013 at 18:20

Cyril Is there an easier link to this Publication about Standish.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 23rd May 2013 at 19:05

Shorter link to the Standish Info:


Comment by: Gerald Pilkiington Canada on 24th May 2013 at 20:22

I would think the slot was in the stone to keep water making contact with the wooden post to stop the wood rotting,did it work.

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