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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 3rd July, 2013)

Junction Terrace

Junction Terrace
former Lower Ince Railway Station Site.

Photo: Colin Harlow  (Kodak CX7330)
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Comment by: Lizzie Down under on 3rd July 2013 at 02:33

Junction Terrace......No.22 The Daisy Bank cottages where our Grandparents used to live.......Thank you Colin......Mick has taken some lovely pics of the same.....I have a new album started called Junction Terrace/Keble Street so I will put your photo with those that Mick did for me....cheers!!!

Comment by: Anne on 3rd July 2013 at 08:38

I had a friend who grew up in Junction terrace, unfortunately I never knew her maiden name only that she had a brother. Rita and Eric, could be they had both married and left before your memories of there.

Comment by: tricia on 3rd July 2013 at 09:10

have been unable to post so apologies for not answering your comments.

Comment by: Alf on 3rd July 2013 at 09:21

When did the station close and where did it lead to?

Comment by: Mick on 3rd July 2013 at 09:23

The name of this street always reminds me of Tony Hancocks address 23 Railway Cuttings.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 3rd July 2013 at 10:45

Hello Anne.....I cannot remember....may be they did marry and move away.....the last time I was at No.22 was in 1964.....we took the midnight train from Wigan to London....we had a sleep in their big double bed before our journey began.....never forget it....cheers!!!

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd July 2013 at 10:49

When I was growing up in Ince, the wide-open grassed space you see here was very overgrown. We used to call it "The Little Jungle". The station used to take workmen to the steelworks at Irlam but I'm not sure where else it led to; I'm sure someone on Wigan World will know. I never went down onto the platform but seen from the road it was quite picturesque and as a child I always called it "Toytown Station".

Comment by: Loz on 3rd July 2013 at 14:18

Nice pic, Colin. Was the station on the Great Central line? If so, the Wigan station would have been where Tool Centre is today, and the line was later extended to Central Station in Station Road. Opposite the left hand end of the terrace would have been the Foundry Inn, known to locals as 'The Smoothing Iron'. If I'm wrong on any of this, someone will put me right!

Comment by: jonny look back on 3rd July 2013 at 14:28

you've done well to keep old of your camera taking photos in ince !!!

Comment by: SANIBELFRED on 3rd July 2013 at 15:40


Comment by: Anne on 3rd July 2013 at 16:07

Surely the smoothing iron( Foundry inn) was at the crossroads Darlington street/Darlington street east/ Warrington lane. There was once a rail bridge which I presumed was running into Central station. There was never a station in the vicinity.
Looks like the pub and The PepperMill stood where Tool Centre is now.

Comment by: Garry on 3rd July 2013 at 16:22

There's more photo's of Ince jonny look back, that any other place on Wigan World....

Comment by: Anne on 3rd July 2013 at 16:36

Cannot remember any farther back than the 1940s

Comment by: big truck on 3rd July 2013 at 17:01

All the window cleaners use sandpaper round ince.

Comment by: Ellen M on 3rd July 2013 at 17:07

Thank you for the photo, it has brought back memories for me too. Anne, my father's brother married your friend Rita in 1952 (her maiden name was Kellett), sadly, she passed away a few years ago now but not before seeing the world outside Junction Terrace, my uncle worked in South Africa, Sri Lanka and Singapore before retiring. Unfortunately, I never knew Eric as he died aged 21 whilst serving in the navy in Gosport. It's a small world!

Comment by: Anne on 3rd July 2013 at 17:35

Ellen M
Do you mean Dennis, if so he was a very great friend of my husband. Unfortunately when my husband died Dennis would visit all the way from Glossop, when I say unfortunately I realised he was getting lost coming and going and had to ban him for his own good, think he took it rather badly.

Comment by: Loz on 3rd July 2013 at 17:35

Anne, you're quite right, the pub was near the junction! Time is playing tricks with my memory. It was also close to the Pepper Mills I seem to remember.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 3rd July 2013 at 20:02

Ellen M.....the surname Kellett rings a huge bell.....I remember my Granny Birchall talking about the Kelletts.....thank you for the memories......cheers!!!

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 3rd July 2013 at 21:14

Many thanks for your comments. The Wigan Central to the then Manchester Central line closed to passengers in 1964, but lingered on for goods until 1968. From Wigan Central, Lower Ince, Hindley South, Bickershaw and Abram, West Leigh and Bedford, Lowton St Marys, Culcheth Newchurch Halt, Irlam and on to Manchester Central.

Comment by: Ellen M on 3rd July 2013 at 21:24

Glad to have been of service Lizzie, keep those memories coming! Anne, yes I'm Dennis' niece and you're right, we panicked when he came over to Wigan after Rita died, never sure that he would find his way home. Finally his daughter persuaded him to hang up his keys. He's still going, though his memory fades more with each passing week.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 3rd July 2013 at 22:13

From St Mary's Registers:
Baptism: 4 Aug 1929 St Mary, Ince, Lancs.
Eric Sawyers Kellett - [Child] of George Kellett & Jane
Born: 15 Jul 1929
Abode: 24 Junction Terrace
Occupation: Railway Fireman
Baptised by: S. Bryson
Register: Baptisms 1920 - 1939, Page 82, Entry 733
Source: Original register at Wigan Archives

Comment by: Rev David Long on 3rd July 2013 at 22:15

From St Mary's registers;
Marriage: 28 Mar 1953 St Mary, Ince, Lancs.
Dennis Burgess - 26 Electrical Engineer Bachelor of 24 Wellington Grove Lower Ince
Rita Kellett - 25 Shop Assistant Spinster of 24 Junction Terrace Lower Ince
Groom's Father: Harold Burgess, Plumber
Bride's Father: George Kellett, Loco Engine Driver
Witness: Monica Burgess; Leonard Walter Burgess
Married by Banns by: W S C Williams Vicar
Register: Marriages 1942 - 1954, Page 226, Entry 451
Source: Original register at Wigan Archives

Comment by: Rev David Long on 3rd July 2013 at 22:33

Another from St Mary's Registers - Violet Street is the road running off Junction Terrace in the pic. So Bill and Edith lived around the corner from one another.
Marriage: 2 Apr 1949 St Mary, Ince, Lancs.
William Leslie Flynn - 28 Iron & Steel Erector Bachelor of 20 Violet Street Lower Ince
Edith Joan Bayman - 26 Spinster of 16 Junction Terrace Lower Ince
Groom's Father: William Flynn, Fitter
Bride's Father: John Edward Bayman, deceased, Ship Carpenter
Witness: James Alan Flynn; Dorothy Banks
Married by Licence by: J E Bebb Vicar
Register: Marriages 1942 - 1954, Page 151, Entry 301
Source: Original register at Wigan Archives

Comment by: Ellen M on 3rd July 2013 at 22:57

Thanks for the register entries Rev David, I'll file them with our tree. MY memory must be getting dodgy - I was a year out with the wedding,but forgive me, though I was there, I was but a mere toddler. Thanks again to you too Colin - your photo has certainly spanned the years and brought back some really happy memories.

Comment by: Lizzie Down Under on 4th July 2013 at 01:35

Thank you David.....according to your post the Kelletts lived next door to my Grandparents and Mr Kellett was a Railway fireman on the trains the same as my Grandad Harry Birchall .....this is getting better.....cheers!!!

Comment by: Ellen on 4th July 2013 at 15:55

FOR TRICIA, Thanks for your message; I'm a little confused, what comment did you not answer?

Comment by: brian on 5th July 2013 at 19:59

I think this was a cuttin of the leeds Liverpool canal were they kept the boats,you can see this under the crank line were the waters still there.

Comment by: Ray Dwyer on 7th July 2013 at 13:16

Great piccy Colin.
We would play in the ' Little Jungle' as kids just great.
I started work in 1962 at Irlam Steel works & caught the train from here for about 12 months until Dr Beeching's axe fell & it closed. We then caught a bus from the Black Diamond, a much longer journey as I recall.

Comment by: Garry on 14th July 2013 at 07:31

The axed railways could still have done a job today, and keep people employed.

Comment by: sharon on 5th August 2014 at 14:00

To lizzie down under,I was just wondering if your grandma was Elizabeth Birchall ,as my mum was homehelp to a mrs Birchall at num 22,we also lived in junction terrace for many years, the lady I'm referring to had a son named Bernard and daughter Dorathy

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