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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 19th January, 2017)

A different view


A different view
A different view of Haigh Hall (HOTEL) taken from the L&L towpath.

Photo: Harry Cunlife  (Panasonic DMC-FZ38)
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Comment by: Mick on 19th January 2017 at 06:47

I was up ob the roof of Haigh Hall the other day.

https://youtu.be/bOgdQn-fAgE

Comment by: irene roberts on 19th January 2017 at 10:27

This is where the children's playground used to be when I was a little girl. They later moved it to the other side of the hall.

Comment by: Vb on 19th January 2017 at 11:00

I remember the children's playground but not where it was exactly. Most of all it was the helter-skelter I recall and queuing up to go on it.

Comment by: Maureen on 19th January 2017 at 13:37

I want to tell of a lovely story I heard years ago..I don't really know how true it is,and probably told it before..anyhow..some years back the Earl of Crawford was walking around the grounds of his beloved Haigh Hall when he came upon a tramp and he immediately said to the tramp.."get off my land" the tramp replied with "Its a free country,I'll walk where I want" the Earl said "My Father fought for this land and his Father before him fought for it" the tramp.rolled his sleeves up and said "I'll feyt this for it if tha wants"...true or false,it always tickles me.

Comment by: DTease on 19th January 2017 at 13:40

Irene, Vb, the playground was to the left of this picture and down the hill. It,s now part of the Golf Course.

Comment by: Den s on 19th January 2017 at 13:51

When I was six or seven I used to play around the hall and on the Playground. It's hard to think now that children of a similar age spent long days down a pitch black mine to pay for it all.

Comment by: Garry on 19th January 2017 at 15:59

Playground was further to the left of this photo.

Comment by: Dave S. on 19th January 2017 at 17:35

Well said Den,yes it was all paid for off the backs of the poor working class who were exploited and paid a pittance.

Comment by: Carolaen on 19th January 2017 at 19:02

Yes the playground was to the left. My overwhelming memory of that playground (as a small by in the 1950s) was that the slide was very high and when you climbed to the top there was very little side protection when you stood up to sit on the slide. I can't remember any of the other slides on children's playground (not many in those days) being so high and spindly". However it could just be my memory, anyone else remember the slide ?- there were also "monkey bars" but I was always rubbish at them

Comment by: irene roberts on 19th January 2017 at 19:32

Maureen, that's a really funny story and so well-told. I imagine everyone who read it felt you were talking to them personally. Lovely! x.

Comment by: Vb on 19th January 2017 at 20:15

That must be why I remember the helter skelter Carolean -it was high and a bit scary!
It probably was atrue story Maureen.

Comment by: Maureen on 19th January 2017 at 20:21

Thank you Irene..my Mam told me the story..I like to think it's true...mind you my little Irish Grandma used to tell me stories which were brilliant..she was a brilliant story teller.x

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 19th January 2017 at 22:25

That must be some lens you have on there Harry to have taken that from the towpath.

Comment by: Harry on 20th January 2017 at 08:46

Nothing special Ozy, My Panasonic bridge camera, a steady hand and placed the camera on the railings and used the self timer. Cheers H.

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