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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 1st March, 2019)

The road up to the old John Pit

The road up to the old John Pit

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: john w on 1st March 2019 at 07:44

can anyone explain why the occupants of that property keep that gate locked when that road I assume is leading to coal board land

Comment by: Gary on 1st March 2019 at 08:58

My Dad, post 2nd WW, demobbed from REME went back to Horwich Works for a year before going down the mines. This was his first. Often described the long walk there, into the drift, and the same when the shift finished.

Comment by: Alan on 1st March 2019 at 09:08

I assume it's to keep out folk that don't live there.
No such thing as Coal Board now.

Comment by: Mick on 1st March 2019 at 10:21

When we had cut our knees on the John Pit slag heap, we used to knock on that house door and ask for a plaster.
The woman who lived there would clean up the cut and bandage it up.

Comment by: Ken R on 1st March 2019 at 16:40

Thanks Mick for a lovely horrible photo. Lovely to me who had driven up there to John Pit, I worked on the the three old ladies 0-6-0 saddle tanks, shunting locomotives for the NCB, and I have a mental block I have forgotten the names, I'm sure someone will know. Cliff Moss was my mate on the surface at John Pit.

Comment by: Barrie on 2nd March 2019 at 15:10

Ken R-Achilles,John & Wantage were the Locos serving John Pit in the late 50's early 60's. See Album-Assorted -NCB Locomotives Wigan Area for their photo's.
At one time to the right of the track leading to the pit were the John Pit Houses, which I assume served the pit. I was round there just over a year ago and it was overgrown now. The "modern"houses facing the main road were built in the mid 30's as my parents & 2 sisters lived in one of the them 1938/40. House name was "Padua" but didn't have a number.

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