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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 6th September, 2023)


Those setts are murder to walk on.
Near Wigan Pier.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Aussie on 6th September 2023 at 02:47

Where are these exactly? I can't find the houses on Google earth.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 6th September 2023 at 06:12

Very bumpy for bike riders, I always use the narrow smooth bit close to the canal, but sometimes you get somebody coming the other way doing the same.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 6th September 2023 at 06:20

What a lovely scene. It looks a very peaceful place to live. What would be the postal address of those houses? Is it Pottery Road? I remember when I was growing up in Ince and all the surrounding streets were paved with setts and we used to rattle over them on our home-made trolleys!

Comment by: Veronica on 6th September 2023 at 06:33

I imagine they are
‘murder’ to ride a bike on for some people… but what a pretty picture. I prefer ‘cobbles’ to ‘setts’ Dennis.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 6th September 2023 at 08:24

We always called them cobbles, Veronica, and the streets in Ince were "cobbled streets" to us, but I believe there IS a difference....proper cobbles are more of a rounded shape, like a ball, and much more difficult to walk on than the flatter "setts". We had a couple of actual cobbles at home when I was a child, but we called them "duck stones"....my Mam used to warm them in the oven at night and put them in an old sock in place of a hot water bottle, and woe betide you if there was a hole in the sock and you caught your toe on the hot cobble!

Comment by: Cyril on 6th September 2023 at 08:40

So Dennis, you're out and about on your shanks pony today capturing great photos.
Aussie, they're on the canal bank not far from the Pottery Road bridge, they once did face Mayor's boatyards off Swan Meadow Road, though now it's the Wigan Investments building that is there.

True Veronica, though we do know the correct term is setts we all grew up calling them cobbles, so are used to calling them that name. I think it may Be in the WN3 area Irene, though I'm sure someone will post the the correct postcode if not.

Comment by: Tom on 6th September 2023 at 09:50

Now this brings back memories of when my hemorrhoids started bleeding at the start of a charity cycle ride.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 6th September 2023 at 10:29

Aussie, these cottages are between Trencherfield Mill and the canal near Wigan Pier.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 6th September 2023 at 10:32

I usually call them cobbles Veronica, but having been pulled up before for doing so I went for setts this time.

Comment by: Roy on 6th September 2023 at 10:59

Beautiful setting, nice one Dennis.
Please excuse me Dennis for using your pic to refer to the Shevington stripped bark tree. A qualified horticulturist friend of mine tells me. The tree is as good as dead you can do a bark graft on it to try and patch it up but it will still suffer.

Comment by: DTease on 6th September 2023 at 13:07

Tom, I hope you had a good grip on your false teeth and I hope the charity was duly grateful.
P.S. As the bleeding stopped yet?

Comment by: Pat McC on 6th September 2023 at 18:22

These cottages are lovely - warm brick colours and windows that add to the character of the terrace. Thanks Dennis - a summery photo full of colour.

Comment by: Ena Malcup on 6th September 2023 at 19:35

I used to call them cobbles.

I was curtly corrected when I set out to buy some by Quarry Products supplier who told me I needed to call them setts, or I would get a delivery of the sort of stones you arrange to protrude from a bed of cement to dissuade anyone from attempting to walk upon them.

Comment by: Edna on 6th September 2023 at 21:07

Lovely photo Dennis is the canal directly in front of these houses?

Comment by: Dennis seddon on 7th September 2023 at 19:35

Yes it is Edna.

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