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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 31st August, 2020)

Cross and Stocks

Cross and Stocks
Market Place, Standish.

Photo: Poet  (Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70F)
Views: 2,319

Comment by: irene roberts on 31st August 2020 at 08:01

I love this scene; there is something special about it. I worked in Standish 50 years ago as a young girl and have always had a soft spot for it.

Comment by: Veronica on 31st August 2020 at 11:55

Makes me think of all the folk who clattered over the cobbles in their clogs...

Comment by: TommyT on 31st August 2020 at 12:02

You can imagine the crowd of women that would be around the well waiting to get their water for the day, long before the mains supply was piped into houses.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 31st August 2020 at 12:32

I just love this photo. Surprising it hasnt been knocked about & ....the dreaded word...modernised !
Thanks Poet.

Comment by: Mick on 31st August 2020 at 13:36

The Americans knocked the well down when they reversed a lorry into it during the war, and its only been restored and re erected a few years ago.
Shame about how many weeds there are along the church wall, dose Standish not a have a group of volunteers gardeners and litter picker uppers like we do up here in Shevy

Comment by: Maureen on 31st August 2020 at 14:14

I love Standish,it's what I call a proper village and with so much history..it always has a good feel about the place.

Comment by: John B on 31st August 2020 at 18:27

Mick Standish doesn't have a village idiot either.

Comment by: w on 31st August 2020 at 19:42

Drift through the shades of memories dream ,
Cobbled and tethered of once where themes ,
Pointing looks fresh now , the past has been cleaned ,
coal man is history in gas light dreams .
At least we have colours , the textures not grey ,
My name is progress , I’m fresh faced today ...


Comment by: Cyril on 31st August 2020 at 21:09

Mick, I think the wild flowers add a certain charm and give a place character with the different species that grow there, they wouldn't be pulling them up around the Churches, Abbey's and Cathedrals in the past as the monks would be tending and using them as effective medicines.

Many years ago when I walked the dogs who was at Gilmore's vets I would use that first bit of wall for a rest and to give them a few treats before heading back, it was just the right height to perch on.

Comment by: Roy on 1st September 2020 at 09:55

Cyril, it didn't used to be the right height to perch on, I lived 50 yards from the cross for the first 24 years of my life 1941 - 1965, during that time the wall was reduced in height by at least 2 feet.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 1st September 2020 at 10:06

God's little acre, I remember that wall being a lot higher, then it being reduced to create a matching wall at the front of the car park to the right of the Peace Gates. Might have a few weeds at the moment but it's still the only Grade 1 listed building in the area, Shevvy included !!

Comment by: Dave on 1st September 2020 at 16:14

Standish nice place except for the traffic morning and teatime nightmare.

Comment by: francis clossick on 3rd September 2020 at 23:23

i lived in the middle house when i first got married from 1975 frank and vi aspey had it i married their daughter susan.
this photo must have been taken a while ago because there are no weeds there now.

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