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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 2nd May, 2021)

Wigan Lane Mailbox

Wigan Lane Mailbox

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Julie on 2nd May 2021 at 07:33

That is lovely whoever has done that to brighten the mailbox.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 2nd May 2021 at 09:44

I like that! It would have made me smile if I'd passed by. We all need a smile at the moment.

Comment by: Carolaen on 2nd May 2021 at 09:44

I presume that the "old" Woodfield School was replaced at some point. Is the one in the background on the same site and was the old building demolished?

Sorry if everyone knows what happened to the School, but I left Wigan in 1970 and even when visiting my Mum and Dad in later life I never went further up Wigan Lane than the Hospital when my mum was ill.

Comment by: Roy on 2nd May 2021 at 11:47

Yes Carolaen, the old Woodfield was demolished and replaced by the present school, which was erected on the same site

Comment by: Edna on 2nd May 2021 at 11:49

These are very quirky,I love them.People have also crochet rainbows and angels, and hung them on trees, etc.

Comment by: Poet on 2nd May 2021 at 14:43

Things change but this Edward the 7th box seems to shine like a beacon of stability in a transient world . Gone are the Horseless carriages and Trams that clattered and clanged their way past it. Those that posted letters to soldiers on the Somme through its open red lips are long gone . Schools have been built and rebuilt . Yet the box is still here unchanged , not a relic but a symbol of the country's essence .

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 2nd May 2021 at 16:30

That's a lovely thought. Poet. How many changes it has seen, from the "parading" of young lads and girls in Wigan Lane in the twenties and
thirties, hoping to "click" with one another, the teddy boy era and the mini-skirt era. I bet it never thought it would have a crocheted hat with a little duck on top to make us smile as it saw us through a pandemic!

Comment by: Mick on 2nd May 2021 at 17:32

What about the weather, sun rain sleet snow and hail and all them little pet dogs that have cocked one of their back legs up on it.

Comment by: MikeW on 2nd May 2021 at 18:32

Looks like Barbara from Nudinits!

Comment by: Rainh on 2nd May 2021 at 18:48

Must feel like Rorke's Drift, defending the duck, when the school children come out. Front rank!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 2nd May 2021 at 18:55

You're right Mick! It has seen many weather changes and many little dogs....I'm sure it welcomed them! The rain would wash it off. When we went to the forties events, Our Ben was a Ministry of Defence Lamp Pot Inspector and had a coat to say so! He caused many a laugh! I wish he was still here to do so,

Comment by: Carolaen on 2nd May 2021 at 19:45

Roy. Thanks for the update. I looked at the road on Google street view. I noticed that just to the left of the School (not on the photo) is a very modern looking house. I remember that this caused quite a stir when it was built at the time because of its futuristic design. It was occupied by Reese Edwards who was the Director of Education for the old Wigan Borough at the time. It's stood the test of time well.

Comment by: Roy on 2nd May 2021 at 20:56

It was built around 1950 i remember playing hide and seek in it whilst it was being built. If i remember correctly it was built with a flat roof, but has since been converted to what it is now.

Comment by: Mick on 2nd May 2021 at 22:20

Our Ben was a Ministry of Defense Lamp Pot Inspector, thats a good one Irene.

Comment by: Arthur on 3rd May 2021 at 05:44

Anyone know what the words say at the bottom of the Post box in black.?

Comment by: Rainh on 3rd May 2021 at 17:43

Might be Mc Dowell Steven & Co .
I can make out something like Steven .

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