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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 7th August, 2021)

Wigan Countryside


Wigan Countryside
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Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: James Hanson on 7th August 2021 at 00:06

That's definitely not Wigan.

Comment by: PeterP on 7th August 2021 at 08:00

JH it is a picture of country side but you say it is not around Wigan. Where is it then?

Comment by: Veronica on 7th August 2021 at 08:11

Wherever it is 'God's in His heaven ' and it seems all's well, peaceful and calm.
The question is how long for?

Comment by: A.W. on 7th August 2021 at 08:14

It's somewhere near Wigan, looks like Billinge Hill in the background.

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th August 2021 at 09:22

It's not often I side with Mick but countryside scenes like this one look very much the same in different parts of the country, and I think Mick should have the chance to say exactly where this scene is in Wigan before it is labelled "Definitely Not Wigan" by people who weren't wielding the camera.

Comment by: James Hanson on 7th August 2021 at 09:57

Pey, I didn't say "it is not around Wigan". I said "it's not Wigan".
There is no countryside in Wigan.
I'd go for the King's Moss side of Billinge and that, in terms of 'local authority' is in St.Helens.

Comment by: TonyL on 7th August 2021 at 10:26

I see Jane Hanson is making spiteful and unwanted comments again.
She should stick to playing with her dollies.

Comment by: Mick on 7th August 2021 at 10:50

Irene I thought you and me were best mates, I think the photo was taken looking west from Haigh.
Sheep are Abronians and the cows are Jerseys Royals

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 7th August 2021 at 11:44

Good picture Mick but you've got me as to where it's of. The buildings on the right don't give much of a clue either ! I'm with Irene on this one, come on Mick, where is it ?

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th August 2021 at 12:10

You know we are best mates, Mick! We disagree sometimes..... who doesn't? But I was sticking up for you there. And it's a lovely photo.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th August 2021 at 12:24

Jersey Royals are new spuds grown on the hills facing the sea and tasting of the salty fresh air... yum yum.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th August 2021 at 12:41

Where's the real James Hanson ? He'll probably disagree. It's like have Frank and Jessie James on here sometimes....

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th August 2021 at 12:47

I can count 4 masts on the hill , towards the left of the photo....so that must give a clue.

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th August 2021 at 13:05

High Noon, Dolly dear! xx

Comment by: Veronica on 7th August 2021 at 13:26

Sorry to go off piste again. There's an adult cartoon keeps coming on here and I have tried to get rid of it but it comes back with a vengeance. Does anybody else see it? It's not an advert to sell anything... but it's very irritating! It's similar to those naughty postcards - but worse. It's very annoying. I have sent 'feedback' to google they move it then it's back again! I'm not saying it's obscene but there's no need for it surely.

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th August 2021 at 13:45

I haven't seen that particular one Veronica but I am sick of adverts popping up on here and on facebook. I click the "x" to get rid of them temporarily but have found it useless trying to eradicate them altogether. They just come back! I agree with you it is so annoying!

Comment by: Veronica on 7th August 2021 at 14:15

Thanks Irene, it's on Album now and 3 copies of it and three times bigger. When I have tried to erase other adverts they disappear , but this one comes back again and again - it's like being stalked.! Perhaps the James Brothers know something I don't! ;o))
Because it's not a Wigan scene!

Comment by: Cyril on 7th August 2021 at 15:05

I'd say some are correct about the hill in the background, but wherever it was taken it's a very peaceful scene with sheep and cows busy grazing with not a care in the world.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th August 2021 at 15:34

Cyril, I agree with you that it is a peaceful country scene & having looked on Google, it seems there are 4 masts erected on or near Billinge Hill.

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th August 2021 at 15:39

Veronica, Peter says can you tell him how to get the naughty picture please? Lol! (Only joking!). xxxxxx

Comment by: John G on 7th August 2021 at 16:27

Veronica: You may have opened a box accidentally on this site, just look for the little x in the corner and delete same, then come off WW site and start again.

Comment by: John G on 7th August 2021 at 16:35

Helen: Your spot on with Billinge Hill, if you open the photo up a bit you will see the hill on the right.
I used to live in Billinge as a young lad.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th August 2021 at 17:21

I have deleted it umpteen times John G. It just won't go away. I press on the x and give feedback, inappropriate, etc it goes off and keeps coming back. Believe me Irene, Flt Lieu. Wouldn't like it.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 7th August 2021 at 20:03

Of the four masts mentioned by Helen, the two to the right may well be the ones close by Crank road in Billinge, whilst the two to the left are possibly the ones on top of Tower Hill in Upholland, suggesting to me therefore that this shot may well have been taken from the Clinkham Wood area of St Helens.

If my assumption is correct, then by default, so is Mr Hanson's, and the photo was taken neither in Wigan, nor in the immediate vicinity of Wigan.

So Mick, go and sit on the naughty step immediately!......you little scamp.

Comment by: The Real James Hanson on 7th August 2021 at 22:08

That photo was taken not far from Crank Caverns, possibly from Fosters Farm Shop car park, Moss Bank.

Comment by: Rh on 7th August 2021 at 23:35

I would say Mick was on or very close to Crank Caverns Trail walk .

Comment by: Cyril on 8th August 2021 at 00:30

Remember when at Wigan Council going to a farm close to the top of Billinge Hill and also houses at the top of Crank Road and part of Kings Moss, this was before the boundaries changes in the early 1990s, in fact before on Upholland Road Billinge one house would be under Wigan and next door under St Helens, even at Kings Moss some houses would come under West Lancashire, all of Kings Moss wanted to be in West Lancs, but it didn't happen, it was the same at Ashton with properties becoming to be under St Helens and not Wigan - it was confusing at the time for residents and us having to ask who they paid their council taxes to.

See from page 15 of The Local Boundaries Commission booklet - link: http://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/11901/655.-the-metropolitan-borough-of-wigan-and-its-boundaries-with-bolton-and-salford-in-greater-manchester,-st.-helens-in-merseyside,-warrington-in-cheshire-and-chorley-and-west-lancashire-in-lancashire.pdf

Comment by: James Hanson on 8th August 2021 at 10:24

Cyril. Before the 1972 local government act., Billinge was 'under' Billinge, Lancashire. It's never been 'under'Wigan.

The Boundaries Commission deals with the boundaries of local parliamentary elections.
Places have remained the same as when they were named and Billinge's boundaries have never changed.

In the 1972 act., only local electoral areas (wards and parishes) changed. In Ashton's case, the Seneley Green parish area went into St.Helens,along with most of Billinge and part of Winstanley.

Comment by: Cyril on 8th August 2021 at 16:13

No matter what was can't be changed because you think it should, before the early 1990s if they paid their council tax bills to Wigan MBC and if they wanted services then they telephoned Wigan MBC at the Civic Centre or either Orrell or Ashton district offices, otherwise I and others wouldn't have gone out to them if they hadn't been under Wigan council. I even remember going to a property as far over as Coultshead Avenue because of the meandering boundary.

I wasn't just Billinge that this meandering boundary affected so was areas now under West Lancashire, Warrington and Salford.

Comment by: Veronica on 9th August 2021 at 08:09

I believe Ted Heath was responsible for changing all the boundaries of the Counties..... from a book I am reading at the moment..... I still write Lancs in my address and always will.
' Homo Northwestus'
From a very funny book based on the Granada series with Ray Gosling and written by Bill Jones and Liz Andrew.
Courtesy of Irene ... for sending me the book!

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