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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 5th November, 2019)


The newly discovered Roman Mile marker on Wigan Lane.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 5th November 2019 at 00:33

Mick, you have amazing ideas for the images you produce. I admire most of your photos. This one I particularly like.

And I am pleased to see the Poppy on your bike I am retired military, having served in both the UK and the Canadian Forces. Respect for my forebears is appreciated.

I always look forward to your submissions; please keep them coming.


Comment by: Rev David Long on 5th November 2019 at 07:39

Lest we forget - Legio XI Hispania!

Comment by: irene robertsI on 5th November 2019 at 09:40

Ey-up....it's Howard and Marina!

Comment by: Anne on 5th November 2019 at 12:00

A bike for all reasons/seasons. Are Raleigh's still made in Nottingham?

Comment by: Poet on 5th November 2019 at 14:40

Apart from the Aqueduct, sanitation, roads, irrigation, medicine, education, wine, the freshwater system and public health! What have the Romans ever done for us?

Comment by: Cyril on 5th November 2019 at 14:43

Newly discovered?
Local folks have always known of its presence. It was in the newspaper as a publicity stunt by the district's councillor, he intends having a commemorative blue plaque put on the wall, if he gets permission from WW&L NHS Trust that is.

Comment by: XPat on 5th November 2019 at 17:30

Poet , Your comment is all Greek to me !
Likewise ...

Comment by: Fred Mason on 5th November 2019 at 18:49


The Romans gave us Spag Bol and Pizza....Cheers.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th November 2019 at 22:28

They gave us so much and yet the weather beat them. Off they went leaving the .milestones for directions in the fog and rain,with every intention of coming back. The sunny Med made them lazy, all that wine,women, sand and sea. Why should they come back? They only built the roads because the mud squelched in their sandals, their shields were the only protection from the rain. Togas so short, arthritis set in. In other words the Romans lost interest in cold wet Little England....just imagine where we would have been if they had stayed!

Comment by: Jonno on 6th November 2019 at 10:23

Fred, Spag Bol doesn't exist in Italy, don't ask for it in a restaurant over there or you'll find yourself outside on the pavement.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th November 2019 at 11:11

Actually, I read a story somewhere that a person who lived on Wigan Lane was awakened in the early hours by a strange sound. On looking out of the window he saw a ghostly apparition of Roman soldiers marching down Wigan Lane... Whether he had had a drop or two - who knows! True story anyway.....

Comment by: Veronica on 6th November 2019 at 11:57

Been quite a few times to Italy and always been served Pasta Bolognais made with spaghetti Jonno. It's certainly a better cooked dish there, than here....

Comment by: Veronica on 6th November 2019 at 13:06

ps it was Cromwellian soldiers not Roman....that were allegedly seen on Wigan Lane. ( It is quite a while since I read about it) !

Comment by: Poet on 6th November 2019 at 16:21

I am the least superstitious of fellows but I once saw a Cromwellian cavalry man on the East Lancs Road a few years ago. I don't know if he was going to a battle re-enactment or not, but don't they generally get ready on site. He was quite alone on an armoured horse moving most stately along the grass verge. It's never been explained.

Comment by: Jonno on 7th November 2019 at 09:37

As i said Veronica, not Spag Bol.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th November 2019 at 13:52

I see what you mean Jonno... MAma Mia - wouldn't a like a that!
Poet there is a place called Warcock Hill near where I live and soldiers from the Civil War have been seen. Also the A6 which would have been no more than a dirt track at the time, soldiers on the way to Manchester travelled along there. Very strange happenings!

Comment by: Johnny on 29th November 2019 at 09:01

You're right Veronica.
Roundheads from the Civil War have been spotted around Wigan Lane.
Also a headless horseman has been seen riding in Billinge Hill woods.
Probably a Cavalier looking for those Roundheads lol

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