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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 11th April, 2021)

Ivy Mount


Ivy Mount
Aspull.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Walt ( North Yorkshire) on 11th April 2021 at 06:16

Another onetime pub I think though I don't remember it ever being one. Wasn't it once offices for Gaffney's builders. Another nice photo.

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 11th April 2021 at 08:57

anyone know the history of this building? - i seem to recollect at one time it was a builders office - was it ever a pub?

Comment by: Elizabeth on 11th April 2021 at 09:12

Another good photo Dennis,I walk here regularly near Higher Lane.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 11th April 2021 at 09:15

I have a friend who lives at a nearby house with a similar name and another friend and I once knocked at this house in error and wondered why no-one answered as we were expected! That's a lovely view of it in sunshine and shadow.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 11th April 2021 at 09:41

It was Gaffney’s Builders for many years, but I think it was used for many other things before that. I recall my Mam saying that just after the war it was the U.A.B Office (United Assistance Board). The U.A.B was a kind of Social Security.

Comment by: Rainh on 11th April 2021 at 10:46

More info 12th Aug 13 picture archive.

Comment by: DerekB on 11th April 2021 at 12:09

I have always been under the impression that it was the offices at one time of Aspull Urban District Council.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 11th April 2021 at 13:09

Oops! That should have been the Unemployment Assistance Board.

Comment by: Edna on 11th April 2021 at 14:10

My husband went there for a job when he first left school 1960s. Nice photo Dennis.

Comment by: Walt ( North Yorkshire)henv on 11th April 2021 at 14:52

Derek, I don't think it ever had anything to do with the old Aspull U D C, it may have had many different roles but when I was a small child my dad told me he had had a drink or two in there when he was a young man in the 1930s.

Comment by: Carolaen on 11th April 2021 at 16:23

Derek I seem to remember (from childhood visits to relatives in Aspull) the the UDC offices were on the corner of Holly Road and St Elizabeth's Road.

Comment by: Mick on 11th April 2021 at 17:14

It wont be a very nice place to live right on a hill next to the main road, with all them diesel lorries struggling to get up every day.

Comment by: walt (North Yorkshire) on 11th April 2021 at 19:03

Mick, being a retired lorry driver I can see you don't understand modern vehicles. As Ozy will also tell you, modern LGVs have more than enough power to take this hill in its stride, without missing a beat. Modern engines no longer put out the awful fumes you imagine. I'll bet those who live there don't even know when a LGV passes.

Comment by: Mick on 11th April 2021 at 19:38

Walt besides polluting the air they be rattling and making the windows mucky as well

Comment by: Janette on 11th April 2021 at 19:54

Well there's no diesel fumes or fumes of any kind in Shevy of course.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 11th April 2021 at 21:36

Mick this is not the 1960s. I've been in the HGV business for almost 50 years and I'm in a position to tell you that HGVs, Buses and Coaches have no problem with this or any other type of hill with the massive BHP diesel engines fitted in todays vehicles. Mick, it's called Technology.

Comment by: Garry on 11th April 2021 at 22:10

Diesel's have got bad press lately, but they have today got it right.
Years ago starting a heavy oil engine took some cranking and eventually when they fired up they were noisy and very smokey until they warmed up. Diesel's were very slow, oily and unreliable.
Today however there spot on in every respect, very economical, reliable, very powerful and quick.

Comment by: Arthur on 11th April 2021 at 22:16

Mick on yer bike, you've got a lot to learn about engineering technology in todays modern diesel engines.

Comment by: Driver Tom. on 11th April 2021 at 22:26

Mick if you talking about 40 years ago fair enough but don't think you are. The old Gardner 150s are not about anymore. Engines today can take this small hill and can even change up the gears.
Parbold hill is no problem at all.

Comment by: Mick on 11th April 2021 at 22:27

Janette we have our fair share because of the close proximity of the M6

Comment by: DTease on 11th April 2021 at 22:34

The Parish Council wouldn’t allow it Janette. Fumes of any kind are strictly forbidden in Shevington. In fact, if you should accidentally ‘Drop one’ after over indulging on baked beans on toast, you would be instantly ‘Dropped on’ by the highly trained Parish anti-fart squad who would place you into a sealed container and rush you to the Parish boundary where you will be totally sealed in plastic wrap and deposited over the line into a neighbouring Parish.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th April 2021 at 08:03

Yes I suppose Shevvy is hermetically sealed anyway - in fact passport control is in place at each end of the village. The Town Council allows permits for certain individuals to patrol the outer limits on a 'lectric bike. Even the tyres are not allowed to let air escape in case of explosions. You can forget animals entirely, even birds aren't allowed to fly in the vicinity to drop any bombshells of bird droppings. Shevvy is the new Shangrila.

Comment by: DerekB on 12th April 2021 at 11:51

Thanks Walt (North Yorkshire) and Carolean for putting me right about Aspull U.D.C. offices. I am not and never have been local to Aspull so it was a misguided idea I had.

Comment by: Janette on 12th April 2021 at 12:43

Thanks Dtease and Veronica,a nice comical touch to counter-attack Mick's ridiculous notions of so 'upmarket' Shevington.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th April 2021 at 13:45

Janette - Mick leaves himself wide open, I hope he keeps it up! You can always count on Dtease to bring him back down again with a bump!

Comment by: Wiganer on 13th April 2021 at 08:34

Not only DTease Veronica.
Quite a few bring Mick down even you.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th April 2021 at 09:33

So does he Wiganer..
He gives it out so he gets it back

Comment by: Veronica on 13th April 2021 at 10:06

ps there's nothing nasty been said as far as I can see. It's just a bit of fun in answer to Mick's comments. I'm sure he's man enough to take a bit of ribbing, in fact I think he expects it Wiganer. I am not a nasty person by any means, I don't think Dtease is either.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th April 2021 at 10:40

I posted another comment which doesn't seem to have appeared. I can't see anything nasty that was posted it's just a bit of ribbing Wiganer, which I think Mick expects. I am not a nasty person and I don't Dtease is, it's harmless fun that's all in reply to his sometimes outlandish comments. Nothin more

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