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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 8th March, 2023)

Millgate


Millgate
Looking down Millgate, Wigan.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
Views: 1,973

Comment by: Ian on 8th March 2023 at 06:52

Walked up-and-down there quite a few hundred times going to college, swimming baths, library and a number of other places.
Seems to look steeper and longer on the photograph.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 8th March 2023 at 07:02

No reflection on your photo Dennis but the song....Boxes, pretty boxes....all made out of ticky tacky & all look just the same....good image of angles.

Comment by: PeterP on 8th March 2023 at 07:07

Again the contrast between the old and the new. At least the old police station has been brightened up and repurposed. Not many pedestrians about just one person hidden by a tree

Comment by: helen of troy on 8th March 2023 at 08:38

Dennis, Maybe I should have said straight lines rather than angles.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 8th March 2023 at 09:26

I have a book, "A Wigan Childhood" by John Sharrock Taylor,who was brought up at 62, Millgate in the 1950s. He made a "trolley" from wood and old pram-wheels and says "I mounted my trusty steed, and pushed off along the pavement down Millgate and veered right into Hewlett Street". Looking at the photo, I can just imagine that little lad careering along those flags on the right. The building he whizzed past would have looked much the same as it does now, but I wonder what he would think of the view in front of his trolley today? It looks more like Legoland than Wigan!

Comment by: Poet on 8th March 2023 at 10:09

Looks much steeper than it actually is .
Dennis , the photo reminds me of the Monty Python sketch , ' Climbing the north face of the Uxbridge Road ' .

Comment by: Dave johnson on 8th March 2023 at 10:47

I remember when the health dept was on the right. Chest clinic was on the third floor and no bloody lift, second floor landing was like a skating rink with phlegm!

Comment by: Veronica on 8th March 2023 at 10:48

I bet John had a bumpy ride Irene over the cobbles on his home made trolley. But I bet that was fun - if he was to do that today he would be ‘filleted’. I get that feeling just crossing the roads in Wigan these days it does seem dicey . I had the fright of my life the other day crossing at the bottom of Standisgate a car driver did a ‘u’ turn just as I was crossing towards Iceland.

Comment by: Edna on 8th March 2023 at 12:23

I wonder what's happening with Pennington's, looks like there is scaffolding up.Does anyone know?

Comment by: Ron Hunt on 8th March 2023 at 12:27

Had scaffolding up for years Ever since the Grand Arcade was built. Someone had an idea to turn it into some sort of Night club I think??

Comment by: Pw on 8th March 2023 at 12:31

When we were lads we were always knocking up trolleys.One lad made one out the biggest pram wheels like those off Silver Cross prams,which could get a fair old speed up.He came down a brew similar to this did right angle turn and the back wheels just buckled sending him and his mate flying off.Except for a few minor cuts both were ok.

Comment by: Arthur on 8th March 2023 at 17:51

If Dennis was to turn 45 degrees to the right where he is stood.
Tom Walleys pet shop was in that very spot. (The road was cobbles then).

Comment by: Pw on 8th March 2023 at 18:43

When we were lads we were always knocking up trolleys.One lad made one out the biggest pram wheels like those off Silver Cross prams,which could get a fair old speed up.He came down a brew similar to this did right angle turn and the back wheels just buckled sending him and his mate flying off.Except for a few minor cuts both were ok.

Comment by: Gary on 8th March 2023 at 20:48

Dave Johnson - your comment was hilarious!

Comment by: Dave johnson on 9th March 2023 at 19:06

Glad you appreciated it!

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