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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 31st March, 2023)

Bridle Stone

Bridle Stone

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: PeterP on 31st March 2023 at 06:24

Is this in reference to the WELL in Standish town centre has "Hic Bibi "means drink here?

Comment by: Poet on 31st March 2023 at 08:41

The old way between Wigan and Preston before the coming of the Turnpike.
In those days to get to Chorley you needed to travel down here to Broomfield , over where the old sand holes lay , perhaps water your horse at Hic Bibi , then proceed via Old Parish.
The stony road south to Wigan continued down Church Street and the Grove , snaked by where Victoria pit once was , across modern Chorley Road into the Douglas valley , approaching Wigan by Sicklefield .
In this way the old travellers did their best to follow the contours around the hills . I imagine the odd highway man did as well .

Comment by: Helen of troy on 31st March 2023 at 14:54

Thanks for that explanation Poet, it adds a great deal of interest to the photo.
I 'm sure many people look at Photo a Day are not as well up on the Wigan of today or its history & find the info very helpful.

Comment by: e on 31st March 2023 at 17:23

Once i drank from the Sacred , the given to me ,
the horse rode by , pasture , roam , and yonder see ,
The source where it came from ,
cut out the rock ,
chose to rise , the sacred we got .
forever flowing , until us we kill ,
the blood we need .. we someday will .
Crystal by nature , but changed by man ,
who pours within it , whenever he can ,
leaving to die , all who can swim ,
what is the sacred and who is the dim ?

Comment by: Joanne on 1st April 2023 at 08:07

Interesting stuff, Poet. Thanks, Mick, it’s good to have a closeup of the stone. More is shown of its setting in Thomas Walsh’s photo here: https://wiganworld.co.uk/photoaday.php?photo=2012-05-21

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 1st April 2023 at 18:36

Poet, I think after the Grove it travelled down Fairhurst Lane and onto Lurdin Lane which would have gone past the old pit. As Victoria Pit had a 1901 datestone I think these roads were there before the pit. Grove Lane now ends at the old Millpond and Fairhurst Lane became Cranleigh. Have you seen the new development on Rectory Lane, Rectory Wood ?, Standish is more like a small town now, not a village.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 1st April 2023 at 18:42

I think this stone can be seen near the wall in front of Bramley Court opposite what used to be the TSB bank, and before that, Taylors shop. Frank did the best Jublies :)

Comment by: Poet on 1st April 2023 at 23:05

The old road was well there before the pit WN1 , I merely mentioned the location as a reference point . What riches . You could fill your jug at the bottom of The Grove at Bessy Well too .
I've seen the Rectory Lane rape scene , but it is something I don't like to look at . I remember sitting in that field watching the last of the steam trains going by the old signal box . Then up the lane to Frank Taylor's for a Vimto lolly .
The stone in the photo is just where you say .

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 4th April 2023 at 08:35

I'd never heard of the Rectory Lane rape, what year was that ? I also remember seeing steam trains passing the style between Rectory Lane bridge and Victoria pit. Taylors Vimto Lollies were ace, Birketts were'nt bad either.

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