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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 10th November, 2022)


Down Whelley Brow, Wigan.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Sue on 10th November 2022 at 05:54

Is Whelley Hospital still around ? If not what became of it ?
Interested as I worked there years ago as a cadet nurse and have fond memories of it.

Comment by: Anne on 10th November 2022 at 07:30

Trees are a lovely colour just now, the conifer green sets them off a treat.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th November 2022 at 08:48

The trees are beautiful at the moment. I am just knitting a sleeveless cardigan in the rust colour of the middle tree. I wonder where the name Whelley springs from …

Comment by: DTease on 10th November 2022 at 09:44

It used to be known as "Wearley" or something like that.

Comment by: DTease on 10th November 2022 at 09:48

Whelley Hospital is long gone, now a housing estate.
I wonder what all those masts are for on the top of Boyswell House?

Comment by: Cyril on 10th November 2022 at 11:43

Yes, the trees in Whelley are wonderful and it's a lot greener than it once was, I think the only green area around then was the bowling green of The George and Dragon, which is still there along with mature trees and is between Perch Street and Bedford Street.

Veronica, there is this about Whelley, but nothing much more than we already know, except that it shows how to sign the name. It is interesting also that the word Whelley is or more a less the same in the Norse countries languages, so it may come from them as Scholes is thought to originate from. See the Translation in other languages on the page.

Comment by: Mortarmillbill on 10th November 2022 at 11:46

Whelley hospital
Is long gone and new houses were built a few years ago.

Comment by: Maureen on 10th November 2022 at 12:25

Sue,I worked there from '75-85...it was a great place to work wasn't it.I was an Auxiliary Nurse.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th November 2022 at 13:04

Cyril you are probably right Scholes is a Norse word as well. I believe the Norsemen encamped in Scholes in the early centuries across the river from the town centre. We are probably descended from them.. I find it fascinating. Skelmersdale is also a Norse name. I believe they came via the flat plains around Southport. (Or so
I read !)

Comment by: Sue on 10th November 2022 at 16:57

Yes Maureen it was lovely, I was there 1975, summer for a couple of months, I remember all the patients, I also think you had short sandy coloured hair

Comment by: Ang on 10th November 2022 at 17:56

Masts are tv aerials for residents.

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 10th November 2022 at 20:28

Many years ago, when I was a casualty doctor at Wigan Infirmary, I lived in the staff residence at Whelley Hospital. Very old memories.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 10th November 2022 at 20:35

Often frequented the Alexander pub where the Tesco express is and Terry the landlords son worked on same shift as me at Harvey’s on the old plant around 1967 also supplied concrete when they built the primary school across in the 2000s sometime great times

Comment by: Rev David Long on 10th November 2022 at 20:38

I think you'll find most of the masts are paid for by telecoms companies to provide the town with internet/ telephone signals.

Comment by: Cyril on 10th November 2022 at 20:53

I've often wondered that DTease and if the council receive rent for them being up there, though a lot look to be communication aerials, so maybe they are for the emergency services with it being the highest point in the area, there are what looks to be the ones for mobile phones too. If you look through a magnifier there are a couple that look to be TV aerials and there are also a couple of satellite dishes, they should all get a good reception up there though.

Comment by: Maureen on 10th November 2022 at 21:42

No Sue,it was medium length dark auburn..I was on Phillips ward,started when Sister Curless was Sister then Sister Smith,the my friend applied for Sister and got it..val Naylor..I only finished because of the lifting heavy patients my back was a mess and a disc collapsed..my Doc had a lot to say...which ward were you on Sue.

Comment by: Edna on 10th November 2022 at 21:44

Nice photo Dennis, of Whelley. We're the bus stop in on the right, that's Bradshaw St., we're Whelley hospital was.

Comment by: PeterP on 11th November 2022 at 10:26

Whelley hospital closed in 2009 and houses went up in 2010

Comment by: Sir Bob on 11th November 2022 at 13:45


I think that Whelley hospital closed long before 2009, and the site was left derelict for years, the new housing being built circa 2015.

As regards the masts on Boyswell House, those predate mobile phones, and were actually used by the emergency services, Police, Fire and Ambulance, and by the utilities and other organisations and companies, which operated two-way radios, in their vehicle fleets.

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