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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 7th February, 2023)

Swan Meadow


Swan Meadow
The old Eckersley's Mill, Swan Meadow, Wigan.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th February 2023 at 07:27

My Dad Bill Bradshaw started work there after he left school, his sister Annie was already employed there.

Comment by: T on 7th February 2023 at 08:24

Those trailers spoil what otherwise would have been a great shot

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th February 2023 at 08:53

My Auntie worked here. I remember she used to bring home "banding" which was a kind of tubular string that my friends and I used for the . whips on out Top-and -Whips. Yes, pity about the trailers but can't be helped if they were stuck there.

Comment by: Pw on 7th February 2023 at 09:17

But that’s just how it is T,a genuine photo,no messing or editing.

Comment by: Arthur on 7th February 2023 at 10:49

Looks like a scrap yard of HGVs.
There is also an eye sore at Platt Bridge, just on the left hand side going towards Spring View, just opposite the filling station. A large field of decommissioned trailers.

Comment by: Linma on 7th February 2023 at 11:20

Wasn’t it at that mill where they made a drama some years ago?

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th February 2023 at 12:55

They made a tv production , can't recall the title but it was based on the lives of mill workers at Quarry Bank in Cheshire. Good series but the BBC in its wisdom never made another series. Wonder if thats it Linma ?

Comment by: T on 7th February 2023 at 13:02

Absolutely Pw, not a criticism at all, was just meaning how good of a shot of the mill and surrounding buildings it would be without

Comment by: Cyril on 7th February 2023 at 14:34

Linma, it was some episodes of the BBC Peaky Blinders.

Comment by: Pat McCww on 7th February 2023 at 18:59

I remember being in Eckersley Mill buying some bedding from the factory shop, when Philip Glenister walked past, and I was told that they were filming a drama in the Mill. One of those gritty northern dramas I should think - Jimmy McGovern perhaps.

Comment by: Brian on 7th February 2023 at 19:49

Would the drama have been -Clocking Off- ??

Comment by: Linma on 7th February 2023 at 20:07

Well done Brian, Clocking Off.

Comment by: Pat McC on 7th February 2023 at 20:20

Could be, Brian. Can't remember the year. Some brilliant dramas then.

Comment by: Cyril on 7th February 2023 at 21:36

Brian & Linma, Trencherfield Mill was used for filming 'Clocking Off,' with Eckersley Mill being used as I said earlier for filming 'Peaky Blinders,' also both mills were used in the film 'Testimony.' See the copied and pasted text from WEP below.

Wigan Pier’s giant mills are a popular haunt as locations for both film and television programmes.

For several years Trencherfield Mill was the backdrop to the BBC drama Clocking Off starring Robert Glenister, Sarah Lancashire and Christopher Eccleston.

And both it and the neighbouring Eckersley Mills were used extensively in the late 1980s for filming of the Tony Palmer film Testimony: a biopic on the life of the Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich played by Sir Ben Kingsley.

The giant steam engine and the working looms at Trencherfield Mill appeared in dramatic musical interludes while Eckersley Mills’ interiors doubled as a music conservatoire classroom and Stalin’s office.

Copied and pasted from here:
https://www.wigantoday.net/news/tv-crew-descends-wigan-mill-film-peaky-blinders-1109618

Comment by: Linma on 8th February 2023 at 06:35

If you want to know owt someone on here always does. Brilliant.

Comment by: Pw on 8th February 2023 at 07:10

But that’s just how it is T,a genuine photo,no messing or editing.

Comment by: Poet on 8th February 2023 at 08:37

Tony Palmer's film about Wigan Casino is far from just being about northern soul music . It features some brilliant footage of places like the old market hall , the International Pool , Station Road , Westwood power station and more . Watch on you tube . 26 mins .

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