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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 7th March, 2022)

Little Scotland


Little Scotland
The boundary between Haigh and Blackrod at Little Scotland.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mick on 7th March 2022 at 06:58

I went to that farm and bought a sack of spuds and a tray of eggs once, it was when Bolton market had no eggs.

Who painted that lamp post green.

Comment by: joe bloggs on 7th March 2022 at 08:27

strange how the road has been resurfaced on the Bolton side of the border

Comment by: Gary on 7th March 2022 at 08:30

The New Inn was down there on the left. Cannot think it is still a pub. Without a car it was awkward to get to in the 60s. Just the number 17 bus going the back route to Blackrod, turning at the Black Horse.
Find it difficult to associate Blackrod with Bolton. Horwich was always a Bolton suburb, but Blackrod was always out on its own.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th March 2022 at 08:46

Some of my maternal ancestry come from Little Scotland
( Moores) I wonder if that's why I love Scotland...

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th March 2022 at 10:20

I think the green lamp-post is an original one and the others are modern ones. I like old-fashioned lamp-posts.

Comment by: Pauline on 7th March 2022 at 12:17

If this had been taken from the other side of the road I would be able to see where my family lodged in 1947. After living in Scholes and Wallgate this was a beautiful place. I have never forgotten it The two girls that lived there used to run across the cowfields to go to St Catherine's school. Me at 5 1/2 walked it along the road. It was a long way.

Comment by: John G on 7th March 2022 at 12:47

Mick: I thought we were going to open up a guessing competition, ( Who painted the lamp post)
Speaking about going to a farm for eggs, i was on hols in Norfolk, and it was my turn to get the milk and eggs from a local farm, I said to the farmers wife, can I have half dozen eggs please, she came back with four eggs.
I said I sorry love I did ask for six eggs, she said I’am sorry to, but my hens can’t count.

Comment by: Edna on 7th March 2022 at 13:46

Yeah Veronica, it must be in your geans.. Nice photo Dennis,we spent a lot of time there, we lived in Blackrod in the 60s.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 7th March 2022 at 15:20

Edna, I have often wondered why it’s known as Little Scotland. Do you have any ideas?

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 7th March 2022 at 15:26

Gary, I think the New Inn is now the Goose & Gander. Not sure if it’s still open.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 7th March 2022 at 15:37

Pauline, I took other photos when I was taking this. Across the road there is a White House, a barn and a bungalow. Further out in the fields there is what was Brown Fold Farm (now converted to houses) would any of these be the house you mention?

Comment by: Veronica on 7th March 2022 at 15:59

Wonder if it's called Little Scotland because snow could be seen on Winter Hill.
I'm sick of this iPad freezing on here!

Comment by: Veronica on 7th March 2022 at 16:01

It must have reminded the folk of the Cairngorms (s) Dennis

Comment by: Mick on 7th March 2022 at 16:14

Little Scotland got its name, because the first residents were Scottish folk who worked at Haigh Hall

Comment by: wigginlad on 7th March 2022 at 16:46

Gary, my late brother lived in Blackrod from the early 1950s, his address back then was Blackrod, Near Chorley, I think it change for postal reasons perhaps in the 1970s and became Blackrod, Near Bolton. Another gradely photo Dennis, well done.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th March 2022 at 16:52

There must have been a 'ghetto' of Scottish people come down from the Highlands because of the Clearances who settled in Blackrod.

Comment by: Pauline on 7th March 2022 at 17:02

Dennis Seddon. Yes it was the white house. Proper name is Copperas House. The front door was facing Copperas Lane. so it was sideways on to the main road.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 7th March 2022 at 17:54

Come to think of it Veronica there are some monuments in Haigh Churchyard to some Scottish people who worked for His Nibs. Maybe they lived in Little Scotland.

Pauline, it must have been idyllic living up there at that time.

Comment by: annemarie on 7th March 2022 at 19:39

There was also an area now Ainse road that was called Aberdeen but you do not call peoples homes ghettos

Comment by: Cyril on 7th March 2022 at 19:56

According to local history it was the Lindsay's who owned the land around there and which they named Aberdeen and Little Scotland, apparently with the views of Winter Hill and surrounding valleys or glens it reminded them of the views from back home at their mansion - Balcarres House, Colingsburgh in the East Neuk of Fife Scotland.

https://youtu.be/VkwuNELOJ94

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Neuk#/media/File:East_Neuk_-_geograph.org.uk_-_901554.jpg

Comment by: Veronica on 7th March 2022 at 21:53

If you would care to look up the meaning of " ghetto" it means it was occupied by a minority! Little Scotland was - there is no slur on my description.!

Comment by: Veronica on 7th March 2022 at 21:55

Also quotes are inserted - no insult meant! Why should there be?

Comment by: annemarie on 7th March 2022 at 22:24

I never said there was any insult I just find the use of the term ghetto unusual in this country

Comment by: Veronica on 7th March 2022 at 23:01

I chose to use the word, whether you find it unusual or not... and would do the same again.

Comment by: annemarie on 8th March 2022 at 21:27

I told my friend whos family came to Blackrod in your so called clearings when they were staff from Scotland and others who wanted a better life and if you look at the full meaning of g it implies slums not your cherry picking words.To use such a word in this presant time when thoughts are on world wars and what the g word brings back memories is unfeeling and crass

Comment by: Humpty Dumpty on 8th March 2022 at 22:17

When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less!

Comment by: Veronica on 9th March 2022 at 05:59

I'd advise you to stop blowing out of all proportion an innocent remark with your narrow minded interpretation. It has nothing to do with today's tragic situation in Ukraine. Shame on you for suggesting that. If it carries on I will be complaining.

Comment by: annemarie on 9th March 2022 at 20:11

you have no need to I have

Comment by: Veronica on 10th March 2022 at 09:04

I hope you were coherent full words no initials ...G's and V's could be a new drink AM.

Comment by: DTease on 11th March 2022 at 08:02

Elvis had a big hit with a record called “In The Ghetto”. It didn’t seem to bother anyone then.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th March 2022 at 08:57

I'd forgotten that Dt, in fact the" G's" have been in existence for centuries. Perhaps the Romans brought them across. Notice the initials....tread carefully.

Comment by: Poet on 11th March 2022 at 09:52

I prefer to be in the Gateau .

Comment by: DTease on 11th March 2022 at 16:19

I would prefer to put an ‘X’ on that Poet.

Comment by: Poet on 11th March 2022 at 22:33

Quite right , the more the merrier my friend . Ha ha .

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