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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019)

Plantations Gate

Plantations Gate
Wigan Lane.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Mick on 3rd July 2019 at 06:57

I always wonder why they needed two side gates, even got there own little chimneys

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd July 2019 at 08:40

Happy childhood memories of Sunday afternoon outings to Haigh Hall on the tractor. I remember. when I was very small, the tractor had a canvas top and my friend's grandad took the fare, which was threepence. Later the tractor had a solid top. I can still feel that first cool rush of air as the tractor descended the slope under the trees on the first part of that thrilling ride, with me sitting between my Mam and Dad. Happy, happy days. xx

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh on 3rd July 2019 at 09:49

Irene , you have such a way with words ,just a few lines and I'm back on the tractor feeling the breeze rushing past.

Thanks for the photograph Mick , by coincidence I've been talking to someone this week who has seen the inside of the lodges ,he was unable to enter as the floors have collapsed.

Comment by: Roy on 3rd July 2019 at 10:46

Irene, i was probably one of the lads hanging on the back of the last carriage cadging a free lift.

Comment by: Mortarmillbill on 3rd July 2019 at 11:41

The bedroom was on one side of the gate and the living quarters were on the other side.

Both had coal fires.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 3rd July 2019 at 13:26

I think the gate & the 2 lodges either side were probably to do with architecture Mick, they liked a bit of symmetry in those days.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd July 2019 at 14:14

The arched gateway must have seen many comings and goings of 'illustrious personages' such as Royalty and other Lords and Ladies. All friends of the Crawford family. They must have been quite impressed riding through the plantations in their carriages. I wonder what they would have made of the modern day tractor...I think they would have been quite 'sniffy'!

Comment by: Janet ( jouell ) on 3rd July 2019 at 14:32

I have the same memories Irene.. They were good days, never to be forgotten...

Comment by: Linma on 3rd July 2019 at 16:16

Irene, ditto.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 3rd July 2019 at 16:32

I, as well did the same thing with my mum and dad on nice sunny Sundays. Also enjoyed the tractor ride. I guess that's what got the adrenaline flowing

Comment by: Poet on 3rd July 2019 at 16:51

The best part was going over the bridges, especially the last one over the canal when you saw the Hall for the first time.

Comment by: Anne on 3rd July 2019 at 19:28

Very nice indeed.

Comment by: Barrie on 4th July 2019 at 12:40

Both Northern Counties & Massey Bros. used these gates for the publicity photographs of their Vehicles for decades. I guess these gates have been seen all over the world via those photographs. In the early 80's wife,young son & I used to come over from the Wirral, park up close by and walk up to Haigh Hall then ride back on the tractor & trailer.

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