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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 25th October, 2016)

Air raid shelter

Air raid shelter
The is one of the bunkers under Haigh Hall.

Photo: Mike Lavin  (Nikon d3300 Tokina 11-16)
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Comment by: alan on 25th October 2016 at 02:26

The rich certainly know how to look after themselves.

Comment by: Jack flash on 25th October 2016 at 06:44

great photo Mike, how did you get down there?

Comment by: Mick on 25th October 2016 at 06:50

Looks like that women from the new hotel has had a good tidy up

Comment by: Linda Massa on 25th October 2016 at 06:55

When I lived on Wigan Road in Standish there was a concrete air raid shelter in the back garden, you should have seen the thickness of the walls and door.

Comment by: kath on 25th October 2016 at 09:09

very interesting!

Comment by: Gary Leece on 25th October 2016 at 09:23

Interesting photo - of historical interest.
Post war quite a number of people in Aspull used their Anderson shelter as a coal bunker. My Grandad for one!

Comment by: Ron D on 25th October 2016 at 10:56

Just a cellar ,maybe used as a shelter during the war.We used, be fore we got our own brick one ,Bill Worthington's cellar the barbers in Scholes. The best jokes where told down there.His shop was at the bottom of Howard st across from the butchers.I can see it now ,the sides of beef hanging on hooks outside the shop.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 25th October 2016 at 11:27

There is a second shelter somewhere on the Haigh Estate. Anyone able to pinpoint it?

Comment by: Cyril on 25th October 2016 at 11:35

There was at one time a bomb proof bunker/communications room below the Municipal Buildings, there was radio/telephone equipment along with a static bicycle set up to work dynamos, an escape route came out onto Millgate, the room and other areas were cleared in the 1980s to house the then newly formed Central Watch Station, I've no idea what happened to the equipment as to whether it was saved or dumped.

Comment by: Vb on 25th October 2016 at 12:19

It looks as if it could have been used as a wine cellar in times gone by after all Royalty was entertained at Haigh Hall when the Infirmary was opened by Edward VII I believe.

Comment by: DTease on 25th October 2016 at 12:53

Is this where His Lordship kept his best Plonk in the days before he upped sticks and scuttled off to his unspoilt acres in Scotland ?

Comment by: Rev David Long on 25th October 2016 at 14:08

I wonder which of his pits those 9-foot rings should have been sent to?

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 25th October 2016 at 19:19

Excellent photo Mike - well done!

Comment by: ALAN WINSTANLEY on 27th October 2016 at 16:03


Comment by: alan wink on 6th February 2017 at 07:50

To rev David long are you the
David long at Highfield late 1950s -1960s?

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