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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 17th December, 2023)


The old Fingerpost in Aspull. About 1950s or early 1960s?
And the same scene today.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-HX99)
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Comment by: Veronica on 17th December 2023 at 00:11

All the steps are donkey stoned in the top photo.
All the windows have the valance curtains at the top. You don’t see them nowadays. The houses look in good nick too. Just shows they can be renovated when they need to be. Reminds me of the street where I lived. Nice to see your photos again Dennis.

Comment by: PeterP on 17th December 2023 at 07:23

Nice to see the business premises still in use and the houses look in good repair. Maybe one day they could reinstate the old fashioned milage post and then it would be a feature of the village

Comment by: Garry on 17th December 2023 at 08:18

Little change and why should it, brilliant, houses made to last.
The original finger post doing it's job, with gas lamp showing.

Comment by: Aspuller on 17th December 2023 at 08:22

I love these now and then photos especially from Aspull.
Welcome back Dennis.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 17th December 2023 at 08:33

Nice comparative pictures Dennis, do people still refer to that part of Aspull as The Finger Post say on the bus or has it gone out of use like Evan House Farm at Standish Lower Ground and Dumbarton Green at the bottom of Beach Hill Lane?
PS Veronica, you were either late to bed or early to rise this morning!!!!!

Comment by: Elizabeth on 17th December 2023 at 08:57

Lovely now and then photos Dennis.I can remember visiting here a lot with my parents when growing up..Aspull is my favourite of around Wigan areas.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 17th December 2023 at 09:27

Thanks Veronica, still having trouble with Shank’s Pony, but at least I’m back on my feet.
As anyone heard how Irene is?

Comment by: Gary on 17th December 2023 at 09:29

Excellent Dennis.
Veronica, valance curtains - I recall my Grandma's phrase "Ahm doin mi valances" and I used to wonder what she meant.

Comment by: Arthur on 17th December 2023 at 09:36

The Finger Post road layout has been reorganised over the years, it's now an island and not a four point Junction.
Is the road still know as Finger Post by the locals, Dennis.

Comment by: Mandy on 17th December 2023 at 10:08

Beautiful area Aspull, in my opinion the best. Thank you Dennis a great comparison of now and then.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 17th December 2023 at 10:08

It’s still known as The Fingerpost Colin.
In the days when everyone relied on the Buses to get to and from work, it was always very busy here. There would be a bus pulling up here every few minutes. With there being little or no industry in Aspull you had to go out of Aspull to work.
Then along came the Mini and that made it almost as cheap to buy an old Mini, patch it up and use it to get to work instead of the bus. It also had the advantage of cutting the working day by a couple of hours.

Comment by: Ian on 17th December 2023 at 10:14

Colin, I know the areas well which you mentioned and they have changed. One of my close friends once lived in those flats at the bottom of Beech Hill, which are no longer there.
By the way, another very interesting photograph. Thanks, Dennis.

Comment by: David Barker on 17th December 2023 at 10:44

Good photo's Dennis and still to this day, Wigan council don't clean their road signs ,or there obscured by overgrown trees.
You must have a vast selection of old photos Dennis, nice to see you back, thought Brian had took over, well it is his website LOL.

Comment by: owd deputy on 17th December 2023 at 12:01

Houses built to last eh.? Most frontages have had to be rebuilt.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 17th December 2023 at 12:16

I do have a lot of old pictures David, but this one is from the Album. I usually credit the photo to whoever sent it in (A Greenwood) but this time I forgot.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th December 2023 at 12:58

I hope it’s nowt to do with when you jumped off t’bus and landed on thi posterior that time Dennis and carried on walking whistling away! ( as if nowt had happened?) ;o)) I’m sorry but it did make me laugh out loud…
I’m sure Irene will be back ..just like General McArthur.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th December 2023 at 13:01

They look the same to me owd deputy. Just new windows and doors and a bit of pointing and brick red paint on one.

Comment by: Mandy on 17th December 2023 at 13:13

Just like any other houses of that era owd deputy, one or two renovation thats all, nothing major.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 17th December 2023 at 13:32

I’m beginning to wish that I hadn’t mentioned that Veronica, however, I’m delighted that the thought of my little body bouncing along behind the bus like a boulder in a land slip had you “ In chinks “. Mind you, the conductress seemed to think it was funny as well, she had a big grin on her face as she disappeared up Sawney Brow. Although at the time, being a charitable young fellow, I put it down to her being overwhelmed with relief.
(I bet I wouldn’t bounce as many times if I did it now)

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 17th December 2023 at 13:37

They seem to be popular owd deputy, I don’t recall any of them being empty for very long.

Comment by: Peter Walsh on 17th December 2023 at 14:14

Greener now perhaps with half the chimneys.

Comment by: Cyril on 17th December 2023 at 14:17

Great then and now photo comparison Dennis, haven't been through Aspull for some time now, but it does stay more a less the same.
Glad to hear you're back on your feet marra.

Comment by: owd deputy on 17th December 2023 at 16:56

Number 16 has been rendered
Number 18 is original with header bond every 6th course
Number 20 is also original in line with 18
Number 22 the first floor has been rebuilt with original brick in line with tied running stretchers
Numbers 24, 26 and 28 have been rebuilt at different times, using tied metric bricks and out of line.

but what do I know I'm only an owd deputy.

Comment by: Wiganer on 17th December 2023 at 19:12

Most Terraced houses at that age have had some sort of renovation work done to them to bring them up to date. Nothing odd about that. Not just this row of house but many all over the Country.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 21st December 2023 at 12:30

They all look fine and dandy to me, updated, well maintained and I assume all happily lived in.
Most houses of that period where built in one form or another of English Brick Bond which were solid, no cavity between and no damp course making them prone to rising damp. If any occupants could afford the cost they would have the fronts removed and replaced with a walls with a cavity between but retaining the original character.
Thanks goodness though there is no Vera Duckworth Cladding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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