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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 17th November, 2018)

Evening light

Evening light
Beech Walks, Standish.

Photo: David Long  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Linda Massa on 17th November 2018 at 06:30

The times I have walked that path.

Comment by: Mick on 17th November 2018 at 06:36

Its a good quality wooden fence whats been put up down there, even got wire netting to keep people pet dogs out of the field.
Historians reckon that this was the main route down into Wigan for Romans.

Comment by: Poet on 17th November 2018 at 06:55


On country lanes,
Shuffle around the dismantled trees.
Old wino's in tattered coats
Faces burned with rum and port
A burden to society,
Thier service and fine symmetry
Unregarded by the Autumnal Court.
With no useful work left to do
They have become bandits!
Menacing the new regime.
Sabotaging trains!

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th November 2018 at 08:30

Lovely photo. I have never been up Beech Walks, despite working in Standish when I was young, and going past in the car on many occasions, but have often thought how nice it looks.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th November 2018 at 09:30

Lovely scene (in natural daylight) nothing there to disturb.

Comment by: Jonno on 17th November 2018 at 10:39

David, if you'll pardon me, it's Beech WALK, having seen you regularly on School Lane you probably walk past it twice a day.

Comment by: Philip G. on 17th November 2018 at 11:14

Lovely image.


My host was mistaken -
Woodvale is seen from beneath the towering Beech,
And not from the fallen Beech on the open path,
As he had yesterday stated.

Gilded fine the woodland's way,
With splendid mast 'neath lowly grey-hair scurry,
Mistles-two of warring bicker that swept the formic line,
Yet silent muse on Yuletide carillon
As a robin flitted through the holly's beaded gown.

Bonny lads gave least of passing-kind
Though; of tendered say held, fair,
The tall, spidery tree beside the deserted cottage
That I had planted over forty years ago . . .
That doughty Byford Wonder
- Now brightened by their 'ordered' coupe -
Mossy by the bough, and with fruit of seasoned-flow
For which, in time, . . . my tattered parcels' glow.

Comment by: Maureen on 17th November 2018 at 12:25

That's a lovely shot..I could just walk through those leaves..thank you David

Comment by: Rev David Long on 17th November 2018 at 12:58

Jonno - I know what the sign says, but I think Beech Walks suits it better. If you look through the Standish pics in the Album you'll find old postcards of the lane which refer to it as both Walk and Walks.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th November 2018 at 13:45

I can just imagine the Roman Legions shuffling and shambling through the shedding,shifting, shallow leaves in their short togas on the way to the shops in Wigan! ;0))

Comment by: DTease on 17th November 2018 at 14:26

Probably looking for a pair of thermal underpants Veronica.

Comment by: Pat McC on 17th November 2018 at 16:11

Do you think they’d have shopped at British Home Stores Veronica, before shuffling and shambling back to Rome via BeechWalk?

Comment by: John on 17th November 2018 at 18:51

Jonno, the sign might say Beech Walk but Standishers always called it Beech WalkS 60 years ago. There are plenty examples of incorrect street signs around.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 17th November 2018 at 20:15


We all know that once they had bought their pork pies in Wigan Market Hall, they headed back to the hills of Standish.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th November 2018 at 20:37

Probably Pat, then coffee at Brucciano's or Nero's on the way t'camp at bottom of Millgate....that's were they built the old baths!

Comment by: Jonno on 18th November 2018 at 01:08

JOHN !!! I have been a Standisher for 77 years and I know what Standishers call it, it is Beech Walk, and yes David I know Walks does sound better, but....

Comment by: Veronica on 18th November 2018 at 15:10

I've got an idea - why not call It 'Via Del Roma'?
No - okay, just a thought!
Apologies to Rev. David,Jonno and John for veering off course.
I thought I would try Fred seeing as they liked our pies from t'market!

Comment by: DTease on 19th November 2018 at 11:23

Why not call it "Planning Permission Pathway"?

Comment by: Ken R on 19th November 2018 at 22:03

Has everyone been to the pub for happy hour.. or two or three. Or something. It certainly doesn't sound like a pleasant WALK among the BEECHES.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th November 2018 at 09:07

Ken isn't it nicer though than being argumentative( not that anybody was on this thread).? People such as Dtease and Ozy who appears to have disappeared into the mists -help to inject a bit of the old Wigan humour into comments.

Comment by: Poet on 21st November 2018 at 09:20

That's very fine writing Philip. Quite brilliant in fact.

Comment by: Philip G. on 21st November 2018 at 12:31

Thanks for your kind compliment.
I hope that you maintain your input of poetry, as I always enjoy reading it. I particularly like Greetings Boatman - Haven's opening line -, as it sets the scene at once, while your clever treatment of Tall Ships prevented them from becoming 'too heavy'.

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