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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 7th August, 2019)

Coal Truck

Coal Truck
Old Coal Truck in Mill Dam Wood.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Linma on 7th August 2019 at 06:27

Beautiful, the times I walked that path in my school days.

Comment by: kath on 7th August 2019 at 09:03

beautiful but I don't know where Mill Dam woods is

Comment by: Barrie on 7th August 2019 at 09:29

Took a walk past here in June -the 1st time since the late 60's. How the area has changed.At least the footpaths are still there that we "kids" used to roam past John Pit/Giants Hall and out to Standish Lower Ground.
Couldn't make my mind up whether the trucks were old stock or replica's. Any answer?

Comment by: Mick on 7th August 2019 at 11:08

Barrie I think they brought them in from somewhere else, but there is one of the original trucks in Crooke village, that was dug up from near to the John pit entrance.

Comment by: Mick on 7th August 2019 at 11:52

Barrie just remembered, you can see a photo of the one in Crooke on Photo-a-Day Monday, 18th September, 2017

Comment by: Linma on 7th August 2019 at 14:43

Wasn't it there we walked from 'Shevvy' through to Standish, doing that we saved our 2d busfare which we spent in Gray's shop?

Comment by: Barrie on 8th August 2019 at 09:27

Kath, Mill Dam woods are between Standish Lower Ground & Shevington and followed the Mill Brook stream. John Pit Colliery used to be adjacent to it. Access to the woods can be from Wigan Lower Road/Lane or from Standish Beech Walks following the marked footpath across the fields, As children in the 50's & 60's this was a regular walk & play area.

Comment by: Linma on 8th August 2019 at 15:18

Barrie was that not the path we took from school to Standish which brought us out at what we called the white road?

Comment by: Barrie on 8th August 2019 at 20:07

Linda, as I didn't have the pleasure of attending Shevy school ( mine was Gidlow) I assume the path from the old bridge further on from this shot veered left out towards Wigan Lower Lane and Shevington Lane. I noticed on my walk that it was an housing estate just beyond the "old bridge" as was, The old maps of 1960 show just a path out to the main road.Never heard it called "the white road" before.

Comment by: Mick on 9th August 2019 at 17:42

The narrow footpath going up to the hermitage was at one time made of concrete and used by lorrys removing coal from the open cast mine
Maybe it was this road that Linma is on about

Comment by: Linma on 9th August 2019 at 21:52

When we got to the white road my friends went left as they lived in the centre of Standish, I went right going to Wigan Road.

Comment by: Barrie on 10th August 2019 at 15:14

Linma, I know where you were talking about now and yes from "Shevy" the path came out (and still does) onto Beech Walk and Green Lane past the water tower and cricket ground.In those days,I do not remember them being surfaced.

Comment by: Mick on 10th August 2019 at 22:35

Barrie you can still see the concrete in places,

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