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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 10th June, 2021)

Bradley Lane

Bradley Lane
Cottages on Bradley Lane, Standish.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Rainh on 10th June 2021 at 01:12

Done any Freewheeling Poet recently?

Comment by: Poet on 10th June 2021 at 07:53

A nice picture Dennis and on foot from Haigh , no doubt refreshment was taken at The Crown Hotel . One hopes the residents can tear themselves away from their satellite dishes on occasion and keep the pub going this time .

Comment by: Poet on 10th June 2021 at 08:22

Not for yonks Rainh but I wouldn't mind having another bash at it .

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 10th June 2021 at 08:47

I was carrying my own refreshments Poet, but there seemed to be plenty people at the Crown enjoying the sunshine.
I too wondered about the satellite dishes. It would seem that ordinary reception is not very good in Sleepy Hollow.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 10th June 2021 at 11:02

Good photo Dennis, nice part of the world that

Comment by: Veronica on 10th June 2021 at 11:15

The pony must be 'dog' tired by now with all that trotting around Dennis. I hope you are treating it well.
I think that terrace of red bricked houses seem too solid to be described as 'cottages'. As a young girl working at the ROF at Euxton I remember an older lady who lived on Bradley Lane - she was always called ' Bradley Alice' I didn't know her by any other name! Funny how names stick...

Comment by: Linma on 10th June 2021 at 12:13

Went to school with a lass who lived in one of those houses, I think her name was Wendy, but the old grey matter ain’t as sharp as it was.

Comment by: Gary on 10th June 2021 at 13:13

My memory is a bit hazy on this one - but I'm fairly sure the pre Kitt Green Heinz factory was on this lane. Going through Worthington, I think it was on the left. Prior to that the building had been an Ordnance unit in the 2WW. My mother had worked there, making tracer bullets, aged 18/19. The pay was excellent (she earned more than her dad, a coal face miner) and had left Brown & Heyes (?) in Wigan where she'd worked as a seamstress.
Veronica's comment on the ROF at Euxton brought it to mind. One of mum's uncles, Tom Gregory, worked there.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th June 2021 at 14:39

A lot of the men/women who worked at the ordinance factory in that area (Bradley Lane -hence Bradley Alice) ended up at the Chorley one. It was was very well paid Gary. Everybody had relatives who worked there. There was a march through Wigan in the early 40's by some of the workers. I have a picture somewhere in one of my Wigan books I'll try to find it. My aunt worked there as well.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 10th June 2021 at 19:31

Ordnance Veebs.....

Think on !

Comment by: Edna on 10th June 2021 at 21:30

This looks like a nice Lane to live in,with all the shrubbery on the left.Good photo Dennis

Comment by: Rainh on 10th June 2021 at 23:46

Gary , Heinz Kitt Green may never have been built had things worked out differently .
Heinz Standish could not get a ‘secure tenure ‘ for the factory meaning the Government could seize it in an emergency . This was connected to a debate in Parliament about Ordnance factories and there future uses . Hansard .
Ps The Heinz in Harlesden got bombed twice I believe .
Thank you for posting Dennis . You are improving my education .

Comment by: Gary on 11th June 2021 at 07:45

Rianh - I did not know that background. I've certainly learned something!

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 11th June 2021 at 10:51

I'd heard something about that too Rainh, and thinking about it and the number of lorries that serviced the Standish factory before it closed, imagine what Standish would be like now if the Government had given Heinz the green light and they would have had a free hand to extend the site. The traffic is bad enough now as it is. That said, I could never understand why Heinz didn't take up the option for a straight motorway route to site when the M6 was being built and why they have never looked at branching into the nearby rail option too. This would have taken masses of freight off the roads in Orrell and Kitt Green. Cost I suppose ?

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