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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 14th June, 2021)

Standish Wood Lane

Standish Wood Lane

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Dougie on 14th June 2021 at 10:15

Mick this would have made a good Par-bold-rules photo on Messageboard

Comment by: Veronica on 14th June 2021 at 11:54

So 'man-made' no comparison with nature. Was this a railway track by any chance at one time? Looks as if a big clearing operation has been underway.

Comment by: Linma on 14th June 2021 at 11:55

The walks of my youth.

Comment by: Cyril on 14th June 2021 at 14:39

Veronica, it was at one time the Standish Mineral Line taking coal down to the tipped onto barges at Crooke. When I was a volunteer at the RSPCA I would walk rescued dogs that were kennelled at Standish along there.

Just read on the message boards that John Chadwick (Chadwick's Butchers Standish) has died. RIP John.

Comment by: DerekB on 14th June 2021 at 15:51

Not a previous railway track , Veronica. It runs from the rear of Beech Hill Council Estate where it overlooked Giant's Hall Colliery through to Standish., and I am told that at one time it was part of the road connecting Wigan with Preston.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th June 2021 at 16:23

Thanks Cyril/ Derek for the information. To me It looks too perfect to be a natural walkway. At least effort has been made to ''cover the tracks'' of previous workings instead of nature taking its course...who knows how it would have panned out.

Comment by: Cyril on 14th June 2021 at 18:16

Veronica, I'm wrong the mineral line was over to the left of the photo before it went to the coal wash at Gidlow and then onto Crooke to be loaded onto barges. There was once a Medieval Pilgrim trail to the Abbey at Whalley along here with marker stones along the way, Mab's Cross was one with other stones still in place further up the lane, there is photos of them on here, it's now a farm track as you can see and now in better condition than it once was.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th June 2021 at 19:08

That's interesting Cyril - what a pity the stones aren't still there. It looks more like a remnant of a Roman Rd it's so straight.

Comment by: Cyril on 14th June 2021 at 20:51

More information on the medieval pilgrimage route through Wigan, Standish and Chorley, and locations of the remaining wayside crosses. Link: https://chorleyarealocalhistory.weebly.com/wigan-to-chorley.html

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