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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 12th March, 2020)

New Road

New Road
New road looking towards the bridge.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Cyril on 12th March 2020 at 00:25

The boy racers will love that hill, they'll be thinking they're in The Streets of San Francisco with their speeding cars taking off on the brow.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 12th March 2020 at 00:41

Is that the Tippins pub, or Billy Boston's pub in poolstock

Comment by: Jim Latham on 12th March 2020 at 08:05

Derek—- yes the Pub is the Tippings Arms in Poolstock Lane. Boston’s pub (The Griffin) was in Wigan.
Billy’s picture is used as the Pub sign for the Bold Hotel, also in Poolstock Lane, about 200 metres from the Tippings.
I had a chat to your brother Roy earlier this week. He’s doing well at the moment.
The new road opens in a few weeks.

Comment by: Mick on 12th March 2020 at 08:37

Derek its the Tipping Arms, named after William Tipping cotton mill owner

Comment by: Joe Crawford on 12th March 2020 at 13:09

Scotsmans Flash ,Tippings Arms and in the background is St Pauls Church.

Comment by: Cyril on 12th March 2020 at 13:20

There was houses at the side of the the Tippings and blocking vehicular access to the alleyway between them was what I was told two defunct Napoleonic cannons, no idea if they are still there, apparently they did use the old ships cannons as bollards throughout the country.

Does Billy still live on Poolstock Lane?

Comment by: AP on 12th March 2020 at 14:47

As they called the last development 'Southgate', maybe this relief road will be called 'Mitty Gate'!

Comment by: britboy on 12th March 2020 at 14:50

Is that the Scotsman’s Flash?

Comment by: Mick on 12th March 2020 at 15:52

Joe the church is St Matthew's in Highfield

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 12th March 2020 at 16:05

Joe, don't think it is St Paul's church. St Paul's has a tower not a spire. It's probably St Matthew's Highfield .

Comment by: Rev David Long on 12th March 2020 at 16:25

The angle of that makes me smile - when I was Vicar of St Mary's, the road was supposed to be crossing Warrington Road almost alongside the church. The proposal was that Warrington Road would be closed to traffic here - being diverted to leave the road through Varty's site, onto a roundabout with the new road at the back of Claire House, and then coming to rejoin Warrington Road at the new roundabout by the Black Diamond. Pedestrian access would be maintained by creating an underpass beneath the new dual carriageway. I thought creating space for a 'youth club' at that point might not be a good idea - and asked why they didn't simply make the junction with Warrington Road there. The answer was that the angle of the road coming down from (an almost level) crossing of the WCML - which runs in a cutting here - would be too steep!

Comment by: Derek Platt on 12th March 2020 at 17:14

Thanks guys for clearing up my confusion over the pubs on Poolstock Lane. also Jim, thanks for the update on Roy, glad he is doing OK. Lastly Cyril Billy Boston lived on Reed Crescent, my mum used to se him all the time when she lived close by.

Comment by: Ticsmon on 12th March 2020 at 18:55

Scotman's Flash

Comment by: Cyril on 13th March 2020 at 15:08

Thanks Derek, I just assumed he lived on Poolstock Lane as I'd often see him there.

Comment by: Joe Crawford on 14th March 2020 at 12:34

I am sorry Mick I did get it wrong it is St Mathews ,I should have known because I went to Highfield School in 1940s when I lived in Worsley Mesnes.

Comment by: Robin Leigh on 22nd April 2020 at 21:05

Does this new road follow the track bed of the old L & Y bypass line from Hindley? I need not to get lost next time I re-visit Wigan.

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