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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 16th June, 2021)

Eckersley’s Mill

Eckersley’s Mill
Eckersley’s Mill now and then.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Rainh on 16th June 2021 at 01:32

Having worked here before, as did my mam, it makes you wonder about the footsteps of history and the people who came before you..
A wet day in Wigan and the daily grind to put a crust on the table..
Excellent picture Dennis. Thank you for posting.

Comment by: Walt(northyorks) on 16th June 2021 at 07:38

Brilliant Dennis !

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 16th June 2021 at 08:10

Great picture Dennis, is there a larger version of the ' then ' photo anywhere on WW ?

Comment by: Veronica on 16th June 2021 at 08:22

Glad you've gone back to a then and now photo Dennis. It's so intriguing to picture people in the 30's clattering across the road of today in their obligatory clogs. There's a ghostly touch to both photos when you imagine them crossing over the road. You can almost hear the noise of chatter and clogs pounding the cobbles now hidden under the tarmac. I would love to stand in that spot and just imagine the scene. I always look to see if I can see my mother amongst the crowd going into work. She actually loved working in the mill, she was quite hurt because I wouldn't go there.

Comment by: Maureen on 16th June 2021 at 09:10

Yes I too followed my Mam to work here,good money if you were prepared to work ( bobbin winding),it was a great place to work,good bosses,great friends,but because I wanted something a bit more upmarket I left after twelve months and went into office work but it wasn't the same atmosphere at all.

Comment by: DTease on 16th June 2021 at 09:19

I remember these young ladies walking back to work down Wallgate. They would be linked together, arm in arm, across the pavement and woe betide any young lad who had the misfortune to be coming in the opposite direction. I have seen stout, robust young men reduced to a quivering mass of red faced jelly by the ribald comments of these groups of laughing assassins.
They got their fun anywhere they could find it in those days.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 16th June 2021 at 09:25

Standisher, it's item #17490 on the Album. First posted by RON HUNT.

Comment by: PeterP on 16th June 2021 at 14:01

More of a shot of Wigan Pier Head than the Mill

Comment by: Elizabeth on 16th June 2021 at 17:56

Found it under work section of album ,under 'mill girls' #597. The middle girl in the first row of 3 girls,was Mary Gwinnett,nee Rourke,mother of my friend Pat.Mary sadly died in March this year,a couple of weeks short of her 98th birthday.

Comment by: Pat McC on 16th June 2021 at 19:30

My mother-in-law worked at Eckersleys for many years. She sang 'on stage' in the canteen during their dinner breaks.

Comment by: Cyril on 16th June 2021 at 20:17

DTease, I too remember those girls walking along Wallgate on their lunch breaks, and you could tell where they worked as their hair was full of white cotton fluff.

A relative of mine worked there from leaving school until his National Service then returned and worked there until he retired, Bert Sharrock was his name, he must have gone there to get away from his sisters for a while as with living at Pemberton they worked at May Mill.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 16th June 2021 at 20:58

Excellent photo, Dennis...Keep 'em coming, lad...

Comment by: Dave Lewis on 17th June 2021 at 01:56

I worked at Dorma with bert sharrock he was warehouse manager nice man, I enjoyed the mill days had great times in there.

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