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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020)

Butts Mill from Leigh Spinners Mill


Butts Mill from Leigh Spinners Mill
Butts Mill from Leigh Spinners Mill

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D850 : 24-70mm F/2.8 VR)
Views: 1,684

Comment by: Walt(Nth Yorkshire) on 22nd July 2020 at 06:09

What an unusual photo, well done Dave. Back in the 60s I would make daily deliveries to Butts Mill it then belonged to Ward and Goldstone who made electrical products. Didn't Georgie Fame work here back then ?. All the old mills around Leigh found other uses as the cotton industry died. The photo is brilliant Dave.

Comment by: Mick on 22nd July 2020 at 07:00

Did you have to wipe that one pane of glass with you elbow

Comment by: irene roberts on 22nd July 2020 at 07:52

They would have been so noisy once and now stand silent.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 22nd July 2020 at 07:54

I have no idea where Butts Mill is but its a really good image. I just love it.
Thanks Dave.

Comment by: Beryl on 22nd July 2020 at 09:13

That's a different angle Dave - but I like it.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 22nd July 2020 at 09:20

Just enough glass Dave. And had you found time for a stroll around the 'ghostly galleon's' decks.

Shades of the 'phantom ship' that once lurked around Worsley Mesnes Ironworks.

Comment by: stan stott on 22nd July 2020 at 09:37

I've lived in New Zealand for 56 years but still like to look back at
Wigan. There used to be a lot of Stott's in Wigan.

Comment by: Walt(Nth Yorkshire) on 22nd July 2020 at 10:00

Helen, Butts Mill, stands at Butts Bridge, East Leigh, on the main Warrington Road. Leigh had so many old factories long ago working for King Cotton, most found new employment as time rolled by, W&G - Volex Electrical bought at least two for the production of electrical equipment, others became distribution depots for the likes of Safeway Supermarkets.

Comment by: Veronica on 22nd July 2020 at 10:26

Looks a bit creepy and ghostly to me!

Comment by: Mick on 22nd July 2020 at 13:13

Stan in NZ, A few years ago Wigans MP was a Roger Stott what part of NZ are you living in, my son is living in windy Wellington

Comment by: Beryl on 22nd July 2020 at 14:31

When I first commented onthos photo I didn't know it would have been Ward and Goldstone, I worked there from 1965 - late 1968.

Comment by: Ken R on 22nd July 2020 at 16:43

Good photo , "What a difference a Dave makes."

Comment by: Walt(Nth Yorkshire) on 22nd July 2020 at 16:45

Beryl, yes W&G owned the mill they also had a mill in Platt Fold Street off Holden Road along with another old factory in Atherton. Throughout the 1960s I worked for a transport company that did lots of work for them. They also traded under the name of Volex Electrical. Dave says he took the picture from Leigh Spinners, another old mill if I remember rightly. My goodness, almost 60 years ago now, fond memories, thanks Dave.

Comment by: Arthur on 22nd July 2020 at 20:20

You get about Dave, thanks for that.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 22nd July 2020 at 20:45

You may have known a lad by the name of John Openshaw Walt. He drove for Safeway out of their Mather lane RDC before leaving to go to Kwikies.

Comment by: Walt(Nth Yorkshire) on 22nd July 2020 at 22:09

Ozy, that name rings a bell, long time ago now. Mather Lane had a narrow bridge over the canal, as a young man in the 1960s in a 3 ton Thames Trader I drove over a little to fast and coming in the opposite direction was a mounted police officer . What happened next got me the best telling off you could imagine, his young horse raised up onto its hind legs and the officer slid slowly down its back holding onto the reins, it really was a sight to see.

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