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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 20th November, 2017)

Borsdane Wood


Borsdane Wood
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Photo: Maurice  (Sony rx100m4)
Views: 2,293

Comment by: Gary Leece on 20th November 2017 at 08:36

Just a glance Maurice, without seeing the title/location, and I knew exactly where that was.
Thanks for the memory.

Comment by: Rosie M on 20th November 2017 at 08:38

Beautiful. Walked through here yesterday.

Comment by: Garry on 20th November 2017 at 09:53

Lovely shot even at this time of year.

Comment by: Jim tomney on 20th November 2017 at 10:37

Just beautiful lovely colours roll on summer

Comment by: Mick on 20th November 2017 at 12:46

Its a very well kept tidy wood saying its so close the the big housing estates of Hindley and Ince.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th November 2017 at 14:06

Somewhere away from the 'maddening' crowd! Lovely!

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th November 2017 at 14:08

I like Borsdane Wood but wouldn't like to be in there alone....I always feel as if there is a presence, like someone watching me.

Comment by: David Hanbury on 20th November 2017 at 14:35

The beautiful Borsdane Wood is kept tidy by the efforts of volunteers from Borsdane Friends Group who litter pick on their work party every Thursday morning.

Comment by: Maurice on 20th November 2017 at 15:52

Thank's for the comments,at one time the people of Aspull,Hindley and Westhoughtom paid 1p in the £ in their rates for the upkeep of the wood.

Comment by: garyleece55@hotmail.com on 20th November 2017 at 15:55

Irene - the keeper used to be Mr Evans. If there is a presence it'll be him.
The keeper's house was white, up the steps, near the third run in - on the left, looking towards Hindley.

Comment by: Garry on 20th November 2017 at 15:56

Irene the only thing watching you is the birds and the bees...oh and the squirrels.

Comment by: Maurice on 20th November 2017 at 17:55

The keepers cottage is still there Gary,there was also a wood cabin in the wood used by the workers,do you remember the row of cottages at the start of the wood,the end one used to sell pop to us kids.

Comment by: Rosie M on 20th November 2017 at 18:42

I have walked through here both with a dog and also alone, but I have never felt threatened or 'spooked' by anything.It's lovely. Now, walking through Haigh Hall plantations alone I'd probably feel quite vulnerable.

Comment by: Gary Leece on 20th November 2017 at 19:37

Maurice - the pop shop is what I used to call it. I'd forgotten until I saw your post.
I'm pleased the keeper's cottage is still there. Still white, hopefully.
Borsdane is a natural wood and apartt from the path is more or less like what most of this island was like, pre farming and clearance. As a 2/3 year old my Grandad, George Iddon, walked me there every day.

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th November 2017 at 20:04

Rosie, I feel "spooked" in Haigh Plantations as well as in the wood. I think it's the "closed-in" feeling generated by the trees, and the silence.

Comment by: Garry on 20th November 2017 at 21:18

Yes Maurice I do remember the shop, and also the playground across the road on Dickinson Lane, now a small car park.

Comment by: Maurice on 20th November 2017 at 22:32

Hi Garry,the place where we got our pop was at the Hindley end,not the Aspull one,the one I meant was the end house of a row of three or four,they were demolished in the early 50s.

Comment by: Ken R on 21st November 2017 at 01:06

Gary, I agree first glance and Borsdane Wood jumps out. Also agree with Irene, as a kid I thought it spooky. Nice photo all the same, thanks.

Comment by: Alf Bimpson on 21st November 2017 at 04:18

Yes Gary I remember it.

Comment by: Harry C. on 21st November 2017 at 06:23

Nice one Maurice, one of my favourite walks I often get in there. H.

Comment by: Pw on 21st November 2017 at 07:34

Maurice,if you go on Places,Borsdane wood there is a photo item #:14164 of the row of houses you mentioned. Gary I think the woods are man made but they sure did a good job

Comment by: Rosie M on 21st November 2017 at 09:08

It's probably the darkness as well, Irene.

Comment by: Sam h on 21st November 2017 at 10:49

Garry leech , isn't it funny when we were small we forget many toys we were bought by our grandmas and grandads that were broken, but like you i remember the walks with my grandad through woodlands and fields, lovely memories that stay in our memories better than any toy or game.

Comment by: Maurice on 21st November 2017 at 11:16

Pw,I have seen the photo,it was the mid 1940s when we went first went in on our own,we used to get Stony bait from under stones in the brook and catch quite a lot of Loach,beltin days.

Comment by: Pw on 22nd November 2017 at 14:48

Maurice,what was stony bait? I remember paddling in and catching stone loach with our hands.I agree beltin days for kids not a care in the world.

Comment by: Maurice on 25th November 2017 at 16:12

Iv'e only just read your question Pw,stony bait are Caddis grubs,the grub is inside a tube thingy which it makes out of bits of gravelly stuff,they are found under mainly flat stones in the brook.

Comment by: Pw on 27th November 2017 at 09:23

Maurice.I remember my dad fishing with them.They looked liked twigs and I could never touch them to use as bait,horrible looking things.

Comment by: Maurice on 27th November 2017 at 14:42

Pw,twigs is the best description of them,when you held the complete thing the grub would appear,the head and legs showing,we just pulled it out and tied it to our fishing line,which was a length of cotton and we didn't have a hook.

Comment by: D & E Burrows Perth Australia on 1st December 2017 at 03:46

Love the photo's on the calendar. Borsdane Wood was close to home.

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