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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 14th June, 2022)

Derby House


Derby House
Scholes.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Veronica on 14th June 2022 at 07:25

I remember the ‘tall flats’ being built. The trees have softened the hard edges. I wish I had
Sixpence for all the times I walked and slid down the cobbled Amy Lane which was further situated to the left.

Comment by: bryan traynor on 14th June 2022 at 08:26

We used to sledge down the Amy Lane in the 1950's.I believe somebody reached the main road and was killed.

Comment by: irene roberts on 14th June 2022 at 09:02

Is Amy Lane still there or is it now incorporated into another road? I have heard the name before but never knew where it was. Nice photo, Dennis, and, as Veronica says, the trees have softened the look of the flats. I imagine they looked quite stark and bare when they were first built.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th June 2022 at 09:31

Irene it’s not there now - the path now is in its place. There was a sort of ‘garden’ rockery with railings around it. We used to hang on to the railings if it was slippery with ice. ‘Amy’ Lane was a few yards to the left of that path - maybe it’s grassed over. Not too sure. It’s disappeared anyway with the ‘sands of time’..
Like a lot of streets and places.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 14th June 2022 at 09:34

Behind these flats there is a walkway that follows the River Douglas. If it was cleaned up and made safe it would be possible to walk all the way from here to the Plantations at Bottling Wood with only having to cross a road at Greenough Street.
It’s an opportunity being missed.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th June 2022 at 10:37

That’s what we used to do Dennis - joining the path at Greenough St. also on Sunday afternoons walking along the river past Water Heyes.

Comment by: Jean on 14th June 2022 at 10:45

I always think the new cruise ships look like Scholes on the Water.

Comment by: The Villager on 14th June 2022 at 13:21

Scholes is tantamount to Shevington and Standish, that being they all claim to be a Village; when in reality they aren't!

Comment by: Cyril on 14th June 2022 at 13:56

Wasn't there at one time a footpath from Warrington Lane at the side of the old school which went down to where Woodcock House is, if you then crossed over Millgate you got onto the footpath Dennis is commenting on, the area where the path initially ran from is the Lidl car park and there doesn't seem to be any sign of it now.

Comment by: Edna on 14th June 2022 at 14:06

The Amy Lane is still there Veronica, you can walk, up through the trees, and come out on the main road, turning to your right, you would come to Lidle.

Comment by: Joan on 14th June 2022 at 18:56

I visited a friend who lived in one of them and from the balcony they could see all of the west of Wigan including the spectacular sunsets

Comment by: Cyril on 14th June 2022 at 19:38

And it's probably said that they can also see Mick's house too.

Comment by: dave a on 14th June 2022 at 23:34

I read .
In 1961 , Wigan Council realised that there were 24,000 homes that needed to be demolished as they were unfit for habitation . Scholes was seen as the worst district ( not my words ) and about 7000 homes were to be demolished . The Council promised the people of Scholes that they would all be re-housed together at Marsh Green .
It took 14 years to demolish and regenerate Scholes .
Taken from a booklet I found online with information about , Wigan, but also other events that were happening generally , not only in Wigan , during particular years .

Comment by: Veronica on 15th June 2022 at 09:29

There might be a slope Edna, but it’s not the Amy Lane at the side of the little park with rocks in it. Even the path is in a different spot.
Scholes lost its identity and community when the demolition took place. It was never the same afterwards…. It reminds me of a void…
As if it never existed sadly.

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