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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 17th August, 2013)

Hardybutts


Hardybutts
Looking down from Hardybutts.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
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Comment by: Scholes Malc on 17th August 2013 at 07:37

The'Blind Steps'

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 17th August 2013 at 08:16

So that is where it is ,,,,,,now I know....cheers!!!

Comment by: Garry on 17th August 2013 at 09:20

Coronation st.

Comment by: kath Pressey on 17th August 2013 at 09:54

that's a great shot of a familiar place.
why is it called Hardybutts?

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 17th August 2013 at 11:13

A bit of speculation of the name HardybButts at:-
http://gerald-massey.org.uk/waugh/c_cotton_famine_(4).htm
CHAPTER XXI.

Also there is some interesting historical comments/observations on the general area e.g. Scholes.

Comment by: Cyril on 17th August 2013 at 13:08

Kath it's because the kids that sat on those cold stone steps telling jokes and tales had very hardy butts.

Joking aside the name derives from the ancient mediaeval archery training field that was once there.

See: http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/the-butts.htm

Comment by: Garry on 17th August 2013 at 14:58

I did'nt laugh Cyril!

Comment by: cullie on 17th August 2013 at 15:20

and if you type in your search engine OASIS CD COVERS you will see a picture of them steps with loads of extras looking up at a man who is preaching out of a window of the old blind building .......OH and just for the record if you look across the road into gordon st were the lampost is that was right outside my house with ended up down a mine shaft happy days

Comment by: Dustaf on 17th August 2013 at 17:03

Oasis 'If You Know What I Mean'

Comment by: Tony haslam on 17th August 2013 at 22:18

Harry Pemberton Wigan comedian used to say he was from Hardybutts in a posh accent but it was Wiganeses he was so funny our best comedian RIP Harry

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 18th August 2013 at 21:36

What`s compng out of the Window(?)
on top of the lefthand wall!??

I like the picture!!

Comment by: Colin Barnes on 20th August 2013 at 15:23

Tony,Harry used to dress in an old army uniform ,His favourite quip was,I was in Belfast when the first bullet wer fired ,a was in Hardybutts when second un wer fired .Happy Days

Comment by: graham shaw on 17th February 2014 at 19:25

I lived in Clarington grove off darlington street. us locals used to call them steps blind shop steps, due to bottom right used to be the place were the blind and parcel sighted used to weave baskets

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