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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 26th September, 2016)

Wigan Cemetery


Wigan Cemetery
Grave of Alderman James Walkden J.P., Mayor of Wigan 1919-20.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
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Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 26th September 2016 at 09:41

Alderman Walkden was a local builder ,Walkden Ave was named after the family.
During his tenure of office as Mayor,Labour became the largest party, athough short of an overall majority.

Comment by: . Ozymandias. on 26th September 2016 at 11:59

It seems a pity that the sections of the memorial have become separated. I wouldn't have thought that it would be such a difficult job to reinstate the cross back into its proper position on the plinth. In fact, having time on my hands, I would willingly volunteer to do the job, free, gratis and for nothing, should I be requested so to do. I daresay Mick would be prepared to come down and give me a lift. Am I right Mick ?.....What's that Mick ?.....No answer, came the stern reply.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 26th September 2016 at 12:27

Alderman Walkden was a local builder ,Walkden Ave was named after the family.
During his tenure of office as Mayor,Labour became the largest party, athough short of an overall majority.

Comment by: Mick on 26th September 2016 at 13:24

Yes Osy Im willing to help you, but you would think Alderman Walkden family would do something about especially if they are still in the building trade.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 26th September 2016 at 15:13

Looking at the inscription on the base of the plinth Mick, it would appear the last interment took place in 1961, 55years ago. It's reasonable to suppose therefore that there are no living relatives. Either way, I'm prepared to risk it. I can't do anything tomorrow as I've got top weight on, but I'll see you in there at 1200 on Wednesday. All that's required now is for Mr. Walsh to provide the exact grid reference of the neglected memorial.

Comment by: Beryl on 26th September 2016 at 17:08

What considerate people you both are, such a respectful thing to do

Comment by: irene roberts on 26th September 2016 at 19:05

Agreed, Beryl. This has restored not only the memorial, but my faith in human nature. Well done, Ozy and Mick.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 26th September 2016 at 19:38

Hang on a minute Irene, we haven't done it yet.

Comment by: fred foster on 26th September 2016 at 19:43

I went to Wigan Grammar School in 1942 and there was a Jimmy Walkden in my class who lived at Greenhill House in Wigan Lane. He said that his dad was a builder

Comment by: concerned on 26th September 2016 at 20:00

ozy it is a nice thought but if you decide to do it consider the ELF AND SAFETY issues if it should fall and injure someone, all the best

Comment by: Den s on 26th September 2016 at 20:23

Ozy, check with the powers that be first, there are all kinds of new rules about placing monuments.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 27th September 2016 at 09:01

Ozymandias and Mick ,please don't think of doing anything without permission, there are very strict regarding tombstones. I think the cross was removed for safety reasons, it clearly hadn't fallen from its plinth. Nevertheless it was very public spirited to consider rectifying the memorial.
Regards Tom.

Comment by: Mary on 27th September 2016 at 17:42

Barmy!! You should not even dream of touching someone's memorial without guaranteed permission to do so. Your comment Ozzy, 'I'm prepared to risk it'. Heavens! Ask first, before you touch.

Comment by: From Where on 27th September 2016 at 18:17

I called once but nobody heard me , I called again throwing flowers upwards with vengeance and glorious beauty, still they only passed.
Then I fell , I fell badly, but this time as my voices began to fade , I got Angels, but not ordinary Angels, special ones, who lifted me again. Now my face smiles at the sun, my head can shower in the rain , but more importantly the chap below can sleep ...

Comment by: andyprice@hfholidays.co.uk on 13th October 2017 at 15:50

This is wierd. My Great Grandfather's grave photographed on my 58th brithday

Comment by: Andy Price on 13th October 2017 at 15:53

Ozymandias, my mother (James Walkden's grand daughter) is 87 (my dad 91) and can't get about too much these days. If you - or anyone - were willing to fix the grave I know she would be delighted

Comment by: Dorothy walkden on 5th October 2018 at 15:33

James WALKDEN was my grandfather he died before l was born.l will contact Andy's mum, my cousin ,l live in Surrey so not close to visit, although l have visited the grave in the past.

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