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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 13th January, 2017)

Dukes Row


Dukes Row
Aspull, Wigan

Photo: David  (Olympus OMD EM10 and 14-150mm lens)
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Comment by: Ken R on 13th January 2017 at 01:11

Good photo of the back of Dukes Row and Moss Pit Row. Dukes Row did not have those gardens at the back wall until some time after the WW2 and the horses or cows used to graze right up to the windows, a bit of a shock when you went to the sink and met a cow full face.

Comment by: walt(north yorks) on 13th January 2017 at 08:27

Thanks Dave ! this photo brings back fond memories of my teenage years in the 60s. Each evening I would call for my girlfriend who lived in the cottages on the right, Moss Pit Row. The cottages have changed somewhat with rear gardens and in one case I can see a loft conversion. The old winding house visible between the two rows. I wonder if the Dukes head is still on the end cottage. Incidentally, in 1969 we could have bought one of those cottages for the grand sum of £600 would you believe. Thanks for the memory Dave.

Comment by: Vb on 13th January 2017 at 08:32

Bet there is a good covering of snow this morning on the land -which inevitably means a standstill everywhere. Good picture of another beauty spot in Wigan.

Comment by: Mick on 13th January 2017 at 08:38

I wonder why they called it Dukes Row

Comment by: walt(north yorks) on 13th January 2017 at 08:56

David, interesting fact, these cottages were built about 1754 the stone used was hewn from a local quarry, would this have been Highfield Delph I wonder !!. Originally named Fothershaw Row renamed at the end of the 1800s I think. The effigy on the end cottage was that of the Duke of Montrose, a early member of the Crawford family I believe. Built by the Crawford Estate perhaps to house miners for the pit.

Comment by: Julie Bateman on 13th January 2017 at 09:04

It looks lovey and peaceful while the sheep are grazing.

Comment by: Rosie G on 13th January 2017 at 09:33

It's a lovely photo,of a lovely area.It looks such a rural scene you sometimes find it hard to believe that Aspull and Haigh have an industrial past.k7pz4

Comment by: GrandmaS on 13th January 2017 at 10:50

The stone probably came from the quarry on the Haigh Estate.

Comment by: irene roberts on 13th January 2017 at 11:17

It reminds me of the words, "Sheep May Safely Graze", (not sure where that comes from....a poem, maybe, or a painting? Someone will know). Anyway, a lovely scene, and Ken R's words in the first comment put me in mind of my daughter Ashley; she lives on The Isle of Lewis and she and her husband often get sheep at their door, staring in! She gives them all names, and her favourite is called Doris!

Comment by: David Barker on 13th January 2017 at 11:17

Remember the cows,my late uncle Thomas lived at number two Moss Pit Row ,my auntie still does ,had one or two broken window panes by the cows before the gardens were added,I remember one cow had its head through the kitchen window drinking out of the sink lol. Memories eh,Ken and Walt and Julie, hope your keeping well.Great photo David.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 13th January 2017 at 11:25

The Duke's head is still there, or was not long ago.

Comment by: Cyril on 13th January 2017 at 11:40

Irene, 'Sheep May Safely Graze' is a cantata by Bach.

Copy and paste link into your browser bar: https://youtu.be/WocpZrOp1Io

Comment by: Vb on 13th January 2017 at 12:04

Sit back and relax Irene "Sheep May Safely Graze". Bach Cantata 208 . Have 5 mins to listen on YouTube.

Comment by: Maurice on 13th January 2017 at 12:13

Nice to see the sheep,it won't be long before the newly born will be released,was there an old pit shaft found in one of the gardens a few years ago.

Comment by: irene roberts on 13th January 2017 at 12:26

Thanks Cyril and Vb. x.

Comment by: Cyril on 13th January 2017 at 13:11

Maurice, it was the house with the winding wheel in the garden, I was there for something in the 1980s and the coal board was there filling the old shaft in with tons of concrete.

Comment by: Den s on 13th January 2017 at 15:16

This was originally the site of the Fothershaw Pit. The pit was dug down to the Great Haigh Sough after the Sough was extended from the Park Pit in the Plantations to Aspull Pumping Pit.

Comment by: Maurice on 13th January 2017 at 15:28

Thanks Cyril,it doesn't seem so long ago,time flies.

Comment by: Pat McC on 13th January 2017 at 16:49

We have 5 Suffolk sheep, beautiful animals. Anyone who thinks sheep aren't intelligent know very little about them!

This is a lovely photo, thanks David.

Comment by: Brian B on 13th January 2017 at 18:56

In 1851 my several times great grandfather, Robert,lived in Dukes Row with, at the time,his wife Margaret and six children. Can't have been a lot of room!!

Comment by: Maureen on 13th January 2017 at 19:09

Pat..I'm sure they're intelligent,I love all animals ,and haven't found one yet that's not intelligent..some have more brains than humans.

Comment by: prue on 13th January 2017 at 20:05

It was Fothershaw Row in the 1841 census

Comment by: Pat McC on 13th January 2017 at 20:11

How true Maureen.

Comment by: Garry on 14th January 2017 at 10:19

There's 27 sheep in the photo.....

Comment by: walt(north yorks) on 14th January 2017 at 16:27

I tried to count them as well Gary zzzzzzzz 20 zzzzzzzzzz 21 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz my goodness is there zzzzzzzzzzzzz I'll try again tomorrow zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz good night all zzzzzzzzzz.

Comment by: Garry on 14th January 2017 at 18:49

HA ha I like it Walt, just a bit of fun.

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