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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 18th September, 2021)

Half Way


Half Way
The former Half Way House, Pemberton.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
Views: 2,036

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 18th September 2021 at 07:36

Is this Tunstall Lane to the right of the pic ?
My Uncle Joe Bradshaw & family lived there for many years.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th September 2021 at 07:49

I don't remember Half Way House but heard it mentioned a lot. Does it mean half way to Pemberton?

Comment by: Fred Mason on 18th September 2021 at 07:56

Another good photo, Dennis.

Well done.

Comment by: Mick on 18th September 2021 at 07:58

But where is it Half Way from.

Comment by: Joan on 18th September 2021 at 08:14

Google says it 1.7 from here to Wigan Market place.
and Google says its 1.8 from here to Orrell Post

Comment by: irene roberts on 18th September 2021 at 08:22

That looks lovely....okay, it's right next to a busy main road but I live on a busy main road , where our front door opens straight onto the pavement and I am used to traffic whizzing past all day, so it wouldn't bother me at all to live there. I find it quite picturesque.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 18th September 2021 at 09:48

Another good 'un Dennis, I think Joan has nailed it

Comment by: George on 18th September 2021 at 09:57

Is it a halfway house for recently released convicts

Comment by: MickLD on 18th September 2021 at 10:10

Helen of Troy - yes, Tunstall Lane is just out of camera shot, to the right.

Comment by: Pat McC on 18th September 2021 at 11:06

I think Half Way House was a pub at one time Veronica. The Sportsman's Club was on the right of the picture, roughly opposite the white dormobile. I think the other end of this little terrace is Carnegie Library, looking down Ormskirk Road towards Wigan. I agree with you Irene - it's picturesque and has a bit of character.

Comment by: Barrie on 18th September 2021 at 11:37

Between the silver & black parked cars on the LHS, (Ellesmere Road) there is a house, which in 1978, my wife & I looked at as it was for sale. At the time we had a residential caravan that we bought in 1974 and had brought it down when I transferred from Scotland to the Liverpool Landing Stage project by the company I was employed with. When we looked at the house, it was beyond our price range. In fact Wigan properties then were more expensive than where we settled months later on the Wirral. Even now when I visit the area, I always look at that house as I pass it in the car. I'm sure that at the other end of the split road was the Carnegie Library as it becomes Ormskirk Road again.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 18th September 2021 at 11:41

It was once a pub. Mates at work said it was a ' lively ' night in there

Comment by: Linma on 18th September 2021 at 12:37

Veronica, half way to paradise so near yet so far away. Who sang that?

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 18th September 2021 at 12:46

It was a pub until recently. If you look between the upstairs windows you can tell where the sign used to be.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 18th September 2021 at 12:55

Another photo of mine was on P.A.D on the 22nd of May showing a workman laying prone on the ground working on the conversion of this building.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 18th September 2021 at 13:52

Thanks MickLD, so there are parts of the Wigan area I can still recognise !

Comment by: Veronica on 18th September 2021 at 15:34

That was Billy Fury Linma. I liked his records. Poor thing he died young. I remember The Sportsman's Club Pat, I only went there a few times though with girls from work.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th September 2021 at 15:35

I do remember it now - when it was a pub. That's why I didn't recognise it!

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 18th September 2021 at 16:11

I used to live across the road from the Halfway House. I was a Bradshaw then Helen.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 18th September 2021 at 19:29

In the 1950's, my mate from Wigan Grammar School took me into the Halfway House Pub which was owned and run by his parents. I smelled the disinfectant and polish of those days gone by.

Later in life when I got married, I lived at 18 Ellesmere Rd...Ah, the memories....

In 1963 I joined the Royal Navy and met up with a lad from the HalfWay House area named Jim Seddon..Any relation, Dennis?

Comment by: RON HUNT on 18th September 2021 at 20:26

I knew a JIM SEDDON he went to the TLS. He originates from Greenough Street. He would have been about 17 in 1963

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 18th September 2021 at 21:00

I don’t know Fred, but it’s entirely possible. There are many Seddon’s around Lancashire. I believe a Seddon ran the Platt Bridge Inn some years ago and I think he was related. Maybe he was the same Seddon.
I wonder if Irene would remember him at Platt Bridge?
Mind you, according to many hundreds of unwanted telephone calls that I have endured over the last few years, my name is really “ Meester Seedon”.
I have tried many times to tell them that I have seen my birth certificate and my name is definitely not “Seedon” but I can’t seem to get through to them.
I am, however undaunted and determined to keep trying.

Comment by: irene roberts on 18th September 2021 at 21:46

Yes, Dennis, his name was Dick Seddon and his wife was Lilian. I worked for them at The Platt Bridge Inn from 1977 to 1981. He DID used to go up to Pemberton and seemed quite familiar with a house-furnishers up there....("Rylance's" rings a bell .....would that be right?) Peter and I were after an old-fashioned hearth-tin for our fireplace, (our house is like a museum!), and he used to say he would see if this house-furnisher's shop still had any.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 19th September 2021 at 04:56

Ron,
Thanks for that. The Jim Seddon that I joined up with definitely came from Half Way House and he would have been 17 in 1963. Quite a coincidence. We were at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

Comment by: Pat McC on 19th September 2021 at 07:07

Yes Irene, Rylance furniture shop was a few yards up on the left of the photo.

Comment by: Veronica on 19th September 2021 at 09:18

You have jogged my memory there Irene. I remember the hearth tin on the black range in our house. It was cream coloured with blue birds on it. There was a lot of fireplace 'furniture' then. Sorry to go off the subject of Mr Seddon.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 19th September 2021 at 11:14

Irene, I looked up Richard Seddon on my family tree and it turns out that he was my father's cousin. I can't recall meeting him myself, but my brother met him when he was in the Platt Bridge Inn. In fact, he won a small portable tv in their raffle which caused a bit of comment with him having the same name as the Landlord and he had never been in there before!
That tv is now in my shed awaiting disposal because it's analog, black and white, and no longer of any use.

Comment by: Latherem Shavem on 23rd September 2021 at 23:59

"Why was it called the 'Halfway House'?"

Because it was 'halfway' along the A577 road connecting Ormskirk with Bolton.

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