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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 11th July, 2022)

Wigan Hall


Wigan Hall
Wigan Hall and the Gatehouse.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: irene roberts on 11th July 2022 at 08:24

I used to pass those buildings three days a week on the bus on my way to Springfield when I used to pick ,my grandchildren up from primary school, and they always fascinated me. I love the chimneys. I remember Canon Frost who lived there and the dog he took in when it was abandoned near the gates. He used to bring it into Boots, where I worked, (which wasn't really allowed but we all loved it!).

Comment by: DTease on 11th July 2022 at 09:08

I see they have rebuilt the tall chimney on the left of the hall. It was looking ready for toppling over for some time.

Comment by: Cyril on 11th July 2022 at 16:49

Irene, was it Malcolm Forrest who had the rescued dog?
I remember him as we had almost the same telephone number as to the one the at the Rectory, and for many years we had a lot of misdialled calls intended for both Malcolm Forrest and Ray Hutchinson, we were happy when their phone number was changed, as the calls would have been private and personal, we had to stop the callers to say they'd misdialled.

Looks a whole lot better now it's been repaired and repainted, there's a story somewhere, maybe on the site about the gatehouse and the people who once lived there. There was also a good discussion about Wigan Hall back in 2009: https://wiganworld.co.uk/communicate/mb_message.php?opt=f2&msd=382244&page=52&subject=Wigan%20Hall

Comment by: irene roberts on 11th July 2022 at 18:35

Sorry, it was Canon Forrest who lived in the hall, not "Canon Frost"! That's because I was watching the trailer for the series "Frost" on the telly when I put my comment on.....it's taken me all day to realise my mistake!

Comment by: irene roberts on 11th July 2022 at 19:04

Cyril. I realise later today that I had put the wrong name on and have since corrected it......it was due to watching Inspector Frost on the telly! ....how daft am I??!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 11th July 2022 at 20:15

I can't understand why those lights don't have an automatic switch to green for buses coming out of the bus station. They can sit there for ages after coming off their stands on time - so are then late for subsequent stages on their timetable.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 11th July 2022 at 23:25

Good point !….Although since Arriva operate 4 buses per hour on the 362 route to Chorley , i.e., one bus every 15 minutes , to illustrate just one example , then how come practically every other bus on that route invariably arrives ten minutes late , followed almost immediately by another one which is five minutes early , followed quite often by a period of 25 minutes or so when no buses whatsoever turn up ?

The reason can’t surely be simply a 30 second delay at a set of robots.

I remain convinced that there must be other factors involved,
although I hesitate to offer any explanation for the possible reasons, as I don’t believe that delving into the inner workings of TFGM would prove to be overly productive.

Comment by: DTease on 12th July 2022 at 00:21

It’s cones Ozy, that’s what it is, people think that cones are just large plastic dunces hats, but they are live, intelligent beings and whenever they see a bus on the road they contact their mates and they all get together and block the road, Sometimes they manage to disrupt traffic for years using this method and if you don’t believe me just think Wallgate bike track.
Exterminate! Exterminate!

Comment by: . Ozy . on 12th July 2022 at 09:14

Thanks a bundle for reminding me DTease.

I’d only just recently managed to push the nightmare of the twelve months of chaos we all suffered during the gestation period of this abortive cycle lane into one of the darkest compartments in the farthest reaches of my memory and labelled it ..

…..“ Not to be opened in my lifetime “………

……….and now you’ve got me hyperventilating again.

Comment by: freddie on 12th July 2022 at 09:37

ozy there are only 3 buses per hour to chorley

Comment by: Veronica on 12th July 2022 at 09:54

I wouldn’t be surprised if Ozy didn’t have a ring of cones surrounding the shelter with a big sign saying ‘ Beware Danger Within’ - Chip pon’s on the Aga…There’s been a big disappearance of cones in the Wigan Lane area.

Comment by: DTease on 12th July 2022 at 13:57

They’re all gathering together Veronica, them cones are gathering together and plotting to take over the world.( or is that the Tory party? ) I tend to get confused between the two these days, Anyway, somebody is plotting, I’m pretty sure of that.
We are all having a lovely time up here on planet Senility Veronica. The nurse came in this morning and told me to lay on my front while she gave me my tablets. I don’t know what the tablets were for, but where she shoved them seemed a bit unusual to me! Still, nursie knows best I suppose. That reminds me, suppositories, that’s what nursie called them tablets.
Anyway, I’d better go Veronica because I’m feeling a strange rumbling in my belly and it’s nearly Horlicks time anyway.
Night, night all. NURSE ! NURSE! HELP!

Comment by: Brian B on 12th July 2022 at 14:08

If my spelling is correct I think it was a Mr Cornes and family who lived to the left in the gatehouse with his office on the right of the gatehouse. I hink he was the church warden.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 12th July 2022 at 14:17

Following advice from our illustrious elected leaders in Westminster, I haven’t used public transport since the beginning of lockdown Freddie , so no doubt you are correct , although back then they ran one every 15 minutes,…..technically they did anyway,…or at least that’s what the timetables promised.

Now here’s a tip in the event of any future lockdown , for when the vultures descend and strip the supermarket shelves bare of toilet roll…..

…….Bus timetables !…....

O.k,…if you’ve been used to Andrex , then chances are you may notice a difference at first….but there’s plenty of ‘em , and it’s the only purpose that I can think of that they’re any use for.

Comment by: Cyril on 12th July 2022 at 16:47

Thanks Brian B, I've looked for the article on the Gatehouse but can't find it, I may also have read about it in an edition of Past Forward.

Irene, A Touch of Frost is a really good TV detective series to view, David Jason does add some dry humour quips at times.

Comment by: Jeanette on 14th July 2022 at 22:17

Was the church warden a Mr.Cowan?

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