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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 31st March, 2020)

Eerily quiet


Eerily quiet
With the country on lockdown, this photo at the roundabout on Spencer Road / Whitley Crescent last Wednesday afternoon shows how quiet it is.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Ken R on 31st March 2020 at 03:02

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.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 31st March 2020 at 07:32

My grandparents lived at St Clements Rd...is this near where the photo was taken...it looks a bit familiar.

Comment by: Mick on 31st March 2020 at 07:39

Brilliant idea are Mini Roundabouts, I just wish drivers would slow down when approaching them and be prepared to give way,

Comment by: Veronica on 31st March 2020 at 08:23

Remember this area mainly from driving lessons and the test...long time ago

Comment by: Philip G. on 31st March 2020 at 08:26

Eerily quiet indeed Brian, and not a tumbleweed in sight - it could one day be seen as The Gunfight at Whitley.

Comment by: Philip G. on 31st March 2020 at 08:46

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.

Comment by: Poet on 31st March 2020 at 10:29

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.

Comment by: Axcroft on 31st March 2020 at 10:32

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?

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 31st March 2020 at 13:17

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 !

Comment by: Cyril on 31st March 2020 at 13:46

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.

Comment by: Philip G. on 31st March 2020 at 15:01

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.

Comment by: DerekB on 31st March 2020 at 15:25

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.

Comment by: Barrie. on 31st March 2020 at 15:56

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)

Comment by: Axcroft on 31st March 2020 at 17:52

Thanks DerekB / Barrie for confirming the date.  My recollection was out on this!  

Comment by: Veronica on 31st March 2020 at 18:32

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.

Comment by: Tony G on 31st March 2020 at 22:15

Bridge built 1970 71

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 1st April 2020 at 07:41

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 !

Comment by: Philip G. on 1st April 2020 at 15:32

Well-thumbed says much for ones liking of the 'bound' word, Helen. Capital. Capital.

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