Photo-a-Day (Tuesday, 31st March, 2020)
Photo: Brian (iPhone)
Nice photo of an area that I worked in. I worked at Tupperware for a period of about five years, then moved to Canada in 1969, It is great seeing the whole of this roundabout, they don't have many in Canada.
My grandparents lived at St Clements Rd...is this near where the photo was taken...it looks a bit familiar.
Brilliant idea are Mini Roundabouts, I just wish drivers would slow down when approaching them and be prepared to give way,
Remember this area mainly from driving lessons and the test...long time ago
Eerily quiet indeed Brian, and not a tumbleweed in sight - it could one day be seen as The Gunfight at Whitley.
Helen, funny you should mention St Clements, as I've had marmalade of the same name on toast this morning. In fact, I hadn't heard of it until receiving a small jar as part of a Christmas present last year - comes from a team based in Rainford.
Well I've just moseyed down Preston Road , the air like wine without the cars and all still apart from a distant figure approaching . It was like Major Henry Terrill meeting Rufus Hannassy in The Big Country.
Great shot that captures the isolation. This segment of Spencer Road road was connected to Beech Hill Avenue when the bridge over the West Coast Main Line was built. Must have been around 1960?
I have looked on a Google map & St Clements Rd is the next road to Spencer Rd.
When & was abt 9yrs old & visiting our grandparents, my sister & I would run down St Clements & onto rough ground then along a path with a little stream beside it that would lead to the railway. We would climb up onto the wooden rails beside the line & wait for a train to go thundering by...
Hope you enjoyed your toast & St Clements marmalade Philip !
The 640 Gathurst Circular bus keeps trundling along there Brian, though not many folks on it, how do folks go on with self distancing on public transport, I would think at times it would be nigh impossible.
Helen if you followed the 640 bus it would go straight on at the roundabout and then turn first right to go up St Clements.
Lovely story Helen. And you're not scared of maps, are you - Well-Done!
Oh yes, the St Clements marmalade, … it's looks like beeswax, on the scoop, but easy to get going once onboard.
Axcroft, I used to live in Beech Hill. and I think the bridge only went across in the mid to late sixties, and certainly not as early as 1960.
I think the Spencer Road Bridge could have been built after 1965 from memory. I have a map of Geographia street map of Wigan, circa 1964, that shows Spencer Road ending at the Railway. I left the area in 1965 and don't remember any bridge being built then.
The mini roundabout reminds me of when these started to appear in the UK around early '70's. There was a famous one in Swindon (triple one) around 1973/74 that was painted on the road surface and cause chaos. My wife and I stayed at a B&B one night that was on the junction corner and the number of "near misses" during the early morning rush hour was noisy to say the least.( I have a photo somewhere of that junction)
Thanks DerekB / Barrie for confirming the date. My recollection was out on this!
One thing I have noticed in the silent streets is how litter free it is, no takeaway trays dropped on the ground and oversized pizza boxes. I have never seen the streets as clean... One consolation on a solitary walk in the daytime.
Bridge built 1970 71
No Philip, I'm not afraid of maps !
We have a 'magic bus' that takes us to all corners & coastlines of this Island of ours.....set in it's silver sea. The driver of the magic bus answers, when folk ask if we have sat nav, Why do I need sat nav when I have my very own Mrs Sat Nav in the seat beside me with her well thumbed Phillips Navigator.
Maps are good !
Well-thumbed says much for ones liking of the 'bound' word, Helen. Capital. Capital.