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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 10th November, 2020)

Wood Lane

Wood Lane

Photo: Alan Banks  (Panasonic DMC-TZ60)
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Comment by: Mick on 10th November 2020 at 06:44

The road the Romans built

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 10th November 2020 at 07:44

That is a really good image Alan, simple, straight foward & so appealing. I would love to walk down the lane.

Comment by: walt (nth Yorkshire) on 10th November 2020 at 08:16

Just like to say "Thank You" to all the contributors of P a Ds especially at this time. Autumn is a lovely time of year and over the past few weeks the photo's have shown that. Well done you all, keep them coming. great photo Alan !!

Comment by: Poet on 10th November 2020 at 08:35

This was the home of Charles Strickland whose family seat was Sizergh castle in Cumbria . He had married Celia , the daughter of Charles Townley who was commander in chief of the Manchester Regiment and executed after Culloden . Celia's mother was the daughter of Ralph Standish .
A famous decendant of the Stricklands became the first president of America , George Washington .

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 10th November 2020 at 09:04

What a lovely view! May I join you on the walk down the lane, Helen?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 10th November 2020 at 09:11

PS....I agree with Walt, (north Yorkshire), about the Autumn contributions to p-a-d and people have obviously enjoyed the Autumn scenes and commented favourably, but where is Garry at the moment? Perhaps he's stocking up the sherry for the Winter nights! (I know he won't mind me saying that!). Just hope he's okay.

Comment by: Roy on 10th November 2020 at 10:18

Strickland House Farm, as i remember it, i've been in there many times when it was owned by Bill Daniels a 'pig farmer' i was at school with his son.
DAVE, the house next door is named Sizergh built by the man who owned the nearby Roundmoor Farm.
HELEN, the path deteriorates terribly the further down you go, or it did the last time i was down there.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 10th November 2020 at 10:50

A more modern house just down the track is called Sizergh. The tenants of Strickland House for a long time around the WW1 years were the family of William Hewlett of the mining family (Hewletts Pits at Westhoughton - his brother Alfred was Managing Director of the Wigan Coal & Iron Co., founder of the Mining College etc).
William had a large family - most of whom were involved in the war - the brothers enlisted - one became a Major and won the DSO - and all survived. Most of the sisters were involved with nursing etc at Woodlands 3 Hospital in The Beeches - his daughter-in-law being Deputy Commandant, and a daughter being Quartermaster. Another daughter was an ambulance driver in France.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th November 2020 at 11:40

Another house to be able to read the deeds of. I love the windows, I didn't realise it was that old. I am awaiting the book' Culloden'perhaps Charles Strickland will be mentioned.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 10th November 2020 at 12:43

Irene, that would be lovely, best wear boots or wellies in view of Roy's comment !

Comment by: Dave on 10th November 2020 at 13:17

Ladies , it is the most pleasant way to walk to town despite the roughness in parts . When it rains , it can become a bit of a stream in the middle part but becomes better again towards Beech Hill .
I remember the pig farm Roy . I wonder if you've been in that walled garden at the bottom left of the picture . I've always found that intriguing , like the 'secret garden 'in the Hodgson Burnett novel .
An amendment for historians . It was Charles Townley's son Francis that was colonel of the Manchester and his wife was Cecilia Standish , not Celia .

Comment by: lock lass on 10th November 2020 at 13:56

Just like to say thankyou to everyone on this thread who has given us a brief history of this picture - I have really enjoyed reading the comments.

Comment by: Mick on 10th November 2020 at 15:21

Standish Wood Lane, it can be hard work on a bike


And even harder in the snow.


Comment by: Edna on 10th November 2020 at 16:23

I've loved all these Autumnal photos, thank you to all who posted.

Comment by: Poet on 10th November 2020 at 16:33

Charles and Cecilia Strickland's grandson became MP for Wigan in 1837 .

Comment by: Philbee on 10th November 2020 at 17:38

Sizergh on Wood Lane was once the family home of the Smales family who had a butchers stall in the old Wigan market hall

Comment by: Linma on 10th November 2020 at 18:10

The times I walked down that lane in my youth.

Comment by: Roy on 10th November 2020 at 19:26

Philbee.........F W Smales owned Strickland House until he sold it to Bill Daniels and then bought Sizergh.
Dave... No, i haven't been in the walled garden or at least i don't remember doing so, i'm talking very early 50's when i used to go.

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