Photo-a-Day (Saturday, 7th September, 2019)
Photo: Barrie Old (Canon PowerShot A540)
Roberts owned the shop, Mrs Gray on the right and Prospect Garage two doors further down. If I had a silver sixpence for every time I had walked down that road.
I remember the shop. We called in on the way to fish Prospect Lodge.
Two lads drowned I think falling from a raft. I knew one. He was David Marsden.
There still a lot of coal waste from the washery a bit further down toward Gidlow cemetery
Used to ride motorbikes round Prospect Pit to Gidlow washery, passing the Convent on the left. That's also a housing estate now too.
On my walk, I was surprised to see the powers that be had kept that entrance and the footpath beyond the houses out to Standish Wood Lane.The Prospect flash we used to call it. As "kids" we were warned not to play on the water-we did,building a raft out of drums or sleepers lashed together and sailed across the water. One day I did fall in but managed to swim out. Got hell from my parents that day. Last of the Summer wine springs to mind!
Made me shiver that story Barrie - but it's true kids had no fear then. The most foolhardy thing I did was jumping the by-wash,losing a shoe in the process and climbing a lot,tame by your standards!
Barrie, do you remember further down Wigan Road, heading towards Wigan, they built something to do with water. We used to play on there at night and go up and down on the lift which wasn't locked, nearly fell off a couple of times and frightened the life out of myself. Health and Safety!
Linda,it was the covered reservoir just down from Almond Crescent. (top of Prospect Hill).
From memory we used to sit on top of the spoil heap watching the activities of building it. The contractor had a mono railway all round the site delivering materials and concrete. that would be around '57/58. Watching that being built decided my career in civil engineering & eventually H&S in construction.Oh happy days we had! That reservoir is still there to this day surrounded by houses now. The Wigan North Link road from the M6 at Mossy Lea road was going to join there onto Wigan Road in 1963 but never got built.
Barrie you're right, it was that lift taking building materials to the top that we used to ride on how nobody got hurt was a miracle.
Perhaps us lassies were naughtier than you boys.