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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 27th September, 2017)

Hardybutts


Hardybutts
Named after Lance Corporal Thomas Woodcock 100 years after being awarded the Victoria Cross.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: Howard P on 27th September 2017 at 01:30

Very fitting I suspect.

Comment by: kath on 27th September 2017 at 08:35

I never knew this was there.Amazing!

Comment by: irene roberts on 27th September 2017 at 09:00

I like the terraced houses in the distance and the cobbles at the bottom of the steps. They say "Wigan" and I'm sure Lance Corporal Woodcock feels he has come home.

Comment by: Veronica on 27th September 2017 at 09:12

Thomas Woodcock was born in a house just a few doors from where I was born. The ceremony in his honour was very poignant but not as well attended as I thought it would have been! The memories flooded back with this alleyway known as the 'Blindsteps' they were made of stone - which looks as if they have been overlaid with concrete. I suppose there must bee reasons for this! Not as quaint as they were.

Comment by: HENRY7 on 27th September 2017 at 09:24

What a great monument to a well deserving man. Did he live at Hardybutts? Lovely photo, wonderfully lit.

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 27th September 2017 at 10:21

Known affectionately as the 'Blind Steps'

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 27th September 2017 at 11:42

I ' suspect ' these may be the same steps that feature on the cover of the single " Do you know what I mean? " by oasis.

Comment by: Veronica on 27th September 2017 at 12:24

I have puzzled over this Alley way and come to the conclusion it has been made wider. The Blindshop building was pulled down and the new property built on the spot on the right side. I have many memories of playing down there. It reminded me of alleyways in Yorkshire especially in 'Last of The Summer Wine'. It is now Woodcock Way off Hardybutts and coming on to Darlington St.

Comment by: Lectriclegs on 27th September 2017 at 13:56

Not the best of quality, mick.

Comment by: Howard P on 27th September 2017 at 14:28

I suspect Lectriclegs is a little upset.

Comment by: Alex on 27th September 2017 at 15:59

The Quality looks good to me!!

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 27th September 2017 at 16:25

Hardly surprising though is it Howard?. After all, it does fall somewhat short of the high standard that we've come to expect from Lectriclegs' splendid contributions.

Comment by: tuddy on 27th September 2017 at 18:40

Henry7, As far as I know Thomas Woodcock was born in Belvoir Street, and later lived in Teck Street.

Comment by: Veronica on 27th September 2017 at 19:10

The house in Belvoir St is still there it's an end terrace. He belonged to St Pat's as well.

Comment by: Julie on 27th September 2017 at 20:25

Hi, Tuddy, Are the Tuddy who knows the Wigan map, ' by the lane'?

Comment by: tuddy on 27th September 2017 at 21:28

Julie, ??

Comment by: Julie on 28th September 2017 at 00:49

Sorry Tuddy, I must have mixed you up someone else I read a while back, but not on PAD. He appeared to know every Wigan boundary and when and how it grew. I will try and find it. Caused great debate like, if you have one arm and leg in Shevington but your other arm and leg, plus your handbag, are in Gathurst, where would you say you are? That type of thing.

Comment by: Maggie K on 29th September 2017 at 09:16

I played there too. There were also steps across the road leading to Birkett Bank and Catherine's Church. It has taken 100 years to put the memorial up but good to see at last.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th September 2017 at 22:28

I can vaguely remember the other stone steps which I think led onto Holland St. Although not sure exactly where they were in relation to the houses and shops on that side of the road. We're they in the middle of the row Maggie?

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