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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 21st March, 2015)


Looking up

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
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Comment by: Fred Mason on 21st March 2015 at 00:05

Nice photo, Mick.

Remember the stocks that used to be on the grass where KFC is now?

Comment by: Alan on 21st March 2015 at 02:19

It's so long since I was in Pemberton that I can't orientate myself. Is that looking towards, or away, from Wigan ?

Comment by: Jarhbee on 21st March 2015 at 10:20

It's looking away from Wigan, towards Orrell.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 21st March 2015 at 11:05

Fred, I remember the stocks area, known as "Pow Hillock"

Alan, a shot looking in the other direction taken from almost the same location is here: http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/photoaday.php?photo=2014-08-01

A shot of the White Swan immediately to the left of Mick's photo is here: http://s1361.photobucket.com/user/fneilr/media/B1/DSCF0751-2_zpse3269f14.jpg.html

The building with the white gable end (used to be the Traveller's Rest pub)is the first building in Orrell.

Comment by: christine on 21st March 2015 at 11:24

what memories of pow hillock ,brought up there just off fleet street .happy days

Comment by: Giovanni on 21st March 2015 at 13:20

With the lights on amber, those cars will be revving like F1 racing cars...avanti Ferrari

Comment by: Alan on 21st March 2015 at 15:48

Jarhbee and Neil, thank you for your tips. I recognise it now. No KFC in my day though.

Comment by: Jude on 21st March 2015 at 16:25

Jarhbee, So right , past Kfc , would lead to Marsh Green? Sorry, but Pem has changed so much. There was a pub on these lights wasn't there ? Maybe I,m wrong.

Comment by: Evelyn on 21st March 2015 at 20:10

The building just on the right hand side was the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance where I worked from 1957 to 1967

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 21st March 2015 at 20:11

Jude, the pub is the White Swan, see my comment at 11:05.
The street turning right, Fleet St, leads to Kitt Green and then on to Marsh Green.

Comment by: Mick on 21st March 2015 at 22:14

Some Pem folk used to say that the Chinese chippy just out of shot on the right used to make the chips ever

Comment by: john morris on 21st March 2015 at 23:33

Do you mean the Albion Mick?

Comment by: Mick on 22nd March 2015 at 06:54

John no not the Albion it was the one called Fortune I think.

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 22nd March 2015 at 13:56

Opposite the Swan where the bike shop/café was, there used to be a pub. I'm sure it was The Mechanics Arms.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 22nd March 2015 at 17:39

I think it was called "The Machine Inn".
An old picture of the same shot is here:

Comment by: christine on 22nd March 2015 at 18:59

it was the mechanics arms

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 22nd March 2015 at 20:53

I cannot rely on my own memory in this matter but two people gave comments about the Machine Inn on this photo of Lamberhead Green about 1904.


It seems that it was on the 1890 Wigan Licencing Division list.

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 24th March 2015 at 16:06

Sorry Neil, I stand corrected My mum agrees with you and she is 87 so she should know. She thinks I am confusing it with a pub in Newtown she thinks is The Mechanics. I bow to your superior memory.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 24th March 2015 at 20:08

Derek, there was a pub in Newtown called the Mechanics Arms (although I do not remember it myself) located near the junction of Warrington Rd. and Victoria St. and near where the Queens Arms is now.

Comment by: Titus on 25th March 2015 at 22:15

Hi Neil, when you say the street on the right is Fleet Strret and this leads down to Kitt Green and Marsh Green, think back a little bit longer in time.

The crossroads of which you are speaking is in Lamberhead Green not Pemberton. Pemberton was lower down towards Wigan, and Pemberton Post Office was in Enfield Street until it closed just a few years ago. Pemberton railway station is still there of course.

Fleet Street leads into City Road, of course. However, many people don't realise that the reason for that, is that the area where we have the New Inn and the Miners, used to be known as Orrell City. At that time Kit Green had only one T. The Post office used to denote the same.


Comment by: Neil Rigby on 25th March 2015 at 23:11

Titus, not quite sure the point you are making. Fleet St does lead to City road which leads to Kitt Green which leads to Marsh Green, depending on the roads you take. As for Pemberton, it is indeed as you say, and covers a large area (see http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/1272) the western end being Lamberhead Green. St. John's Church is St. John's Pemberton, the working men's club is Lamberhead Green WMC and the Pemberton bus terminal used to in White St, all within the distance I could throw a cricket ball (almost) from where the photo was taken.

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