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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 9th August, 2015)

Wigan College


Wigan College
Both taken in the same place just a few years apart. South Lancs (the top pic) has been taken over by the Rotala group and now is Blue Diamond north west, and the backgrounds changed as well.

Photo: Tom Sutch  (Fuji F810)
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Comment by: Mick on 9th August 2015 at 00:03

The latest photo looks so much better now that the big old pit wheel as been moved round the corner

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 9th August 2015 at 00:38

Wow ! what a difference. How many years ?

Comment by: Owdkewyed on 9th August 2015 at 01:33

By gum I have walked down Parsons Walk thousands of time going from the market square bus stops to Thomas Linacre school.

Comment by: alan lad on 9th August 2015 at 07:27

pity the wheel was shoved round the corner instead of being in a place were people can see it.

Comment by: Aubrey on 9th August 2015 at 08:09

Quite interesting Tom, 2 good photos.

Comment by: antar on 9th August 2015 at 09:36

really like the top photo best

Comment by: A.W. on 9th August 2015 at 10:11

I have heard that some of the town houses on New Market Street, just visible in the picture are to be demolished to make another entrance to the bus station.

Comment by: PeterP on 9th August 2015 at 10:19

The wheel has now been hidden round the corner away from most peoples view. Is there any information with the wheel telling people the history of the wheel/mining around Wigan?

Comment by: Tony Haslam on 9th August 2015 at 16:12

It's not a wheel, it's a colliery headgear pulley for winding coal,up the mineshaft.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 9th August 2015 at 18:56

Interesting photos, Tom.

You can see the tree has grown in the background.

Comment by: Ken R on 10th August 2015 at 03:49

THANK YOU TONY HASLAM, finally it is not a wheel, as Tony says it is a head PULLEY. I believe from Maypole Colliery.

Comment by: Garry on 10th August 2015 at 11:53

It's a Wheel...speaking meteorically, if some of you know what that word means.

Comment by: TW on 10th August 2015 at 20:41

wi aw know i`ts a pulley wheel

Comment by: Lynn Brown on 10th August 2015 at 22:31

Both buses - German made. Why?

Comment by: Jod on 10th August 2015 at 22:31

Garry, what does 'meteorically' mean, in relation to this, exactly?

Comment by: Garry on 12th August 2015 at 09:04

I thought I'd have to spell it out to the likes of jod. We all know it's a pit pulley, but when people say wheel they are speaking "meteorically"

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 12th August 2015 at 19:59

Well Lynn, M.A.N. is German as you say. It's parent company is Volkswagen which has got a great reputation for build quality and reliability. Some years ago it would almost certainly have been Leyland, British anyway. The problem I think is that we have always stool still while other countries have moved on with technology. After saying that, if it wasn't a M.A.N. it would be a Volvo or Scania bus, both Swedish.

Comment by: Carolaen on 14th August 2015 at 16:32

Colin - but the point about the German , Scandinavian, French, Italian and Japanese industries is that they are still making such engineering products whereas any British ones still in existence are now owned by overseas companies such as Volkswagen, BMW etc.

Remember when the 3 Cunard Queen cruise ships were in Liverpool together recently. Great until you realise 2 of the ships were bilt in Italy,1 in France, the ships are registered in Bermuda, the company is based in the US now were the profits go, and the crew I believe are mainly east European. makes you proud to be British.

Comment by: Garry on 14th August 2015 at 20:49

British Rail, British Leyland, NCB, British Aerospace, British Gas, British Airways, ASDA, British Steel, Ship builders. these are just a few big compants that are defunct, merged or have been taken over.

Comment by: Pw on 15th August 2015 at 12:10

Garry,What does meteorically mean?

Comment by: Ann on 15th August 2015 at 14:11

Who ever you are hiding behind Pw, you making yourself look a complete fool. Look it up in the Dictionary.

Comment by: Pw on 15th August 2015 at 15:08

Ann,I asked Garry the question but please look up the word yourself

Comment by: Ann on 16th August 2015 at 07:18

NO, Why should I, you look it up, your asking the question. Ann.

Comment by: Alex on 16th August 2015 at 09:08

A Pulley is a WHEEL on a axle or shaft that is designed to support a movement and change of direction of a cable or belt along it's circumference.

Pw...METEORICALLY means in Comparison or resemblance of something. Ann as already said, look it up in a Dictionary.
So who ever describes the pulley has a Wheel, you are quite correct to do just that.

Comment by: Pw on 17th August 2015 at 11:59

METEORICALLY.adverb meaning: rapid.quick,like lightning,in no time.flat out.at high speed.at top speed,at an alarming rate etc. Cannot find anywhere that it means resemblance or comparison

Comment by: Alan on 17th August 2015 at 14:41

Meteorically speaking your a fool, meaning Idiot.
I've got a few quid, meaning I'm rich.

Comment by: Pw on 17th August 2015 at 16:43

Surely that is saying something metaphorically Alan

Comment by: Alan on 18th August 2015 at 15:20

Pw ???????

Comment by: Alan on 18th August 2015 at 18:09

Oh I see. Metaphorically speaking your a fool, meaning Idiot.
I've got a few quid, meaning I'm rich.

Comment by: Pw on 18th August 2015 at 21:04

Garry????

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 19th August 2015 at 13:39

I'm interested in the two buses not some silly comments. Some people are just bored.

Comment by: Pw on 19th August 2015 at 14:51

Colin ,you are quite correct and I do apologise to you and the people who run the photos site.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 19th August 2015 at 19:20

Thank you Pw.
Good photo once again, Tom.

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