Photo-a-Day (Thursday, 19th January, 2017)
A different view
Photo: Harry Cunlife (Panasonic DMC-FZ38)
I was up ob the roof of Haigh Hall the other day.
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.
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.
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.
Irene, Vb, the playground was to the left of this picture and down the hill. It,s now part of the Golf Course.
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.
Playground was further to the left of this photo.
Well said Den,yes it was all paid for off the backs of the poor working class who were exploited and paid a pittance.
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
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.
That must be why I remember the helter skelter Carolean -it was high and a bit scary!
It probably was atrue story Maureen.
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
That must be some lens you have on there Harry to have taken that from the towpath.
Nothing special Ozy, My Panasonic bridge camera, a steady hand and placed the camera on the railings and used the self timer. Cheers H.