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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 1st May, 2024)

The Packet House, New Springs


The Packet House, New Springs
There are various theories has to how it got its name and although the sky looks stormy it is peaceful scene alongside the canal.

Photo: Colin Traynor  (iPhone)
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Comment by: T.D. on 1st May 2024 at 07:16

Greyish Colin without sky's of blue, but no yellow lines to spoil the view. The scene has probably not changed much since they held the Button Pit murder inquest there c1863.

Comment by: Gary on 1st May 2024 at 08:26

In the late 60s I recall this house being one of the first in the area to be properly "done up" with stone being cleaned and the ground cleared.
It was quite a talking point for a few months.

Comment by: Colin Traynorr on 1st May 2024 at 08:37

After yesterday’s posting of The White Lion, I should have gone around the back to see if it had a necessarium!

Comment by: Veronica on 1st May 2024 at 09:22

A brooding sky today - no wonder with all the wind and rain we’ve had.
Another old stone property that I would love to see the deeds for it.

Comment by: Jembo on 1st May 2024 at 09:28

Nice photo Colin. Maybe a bit too much empty foreground but still nice. Blue skies are over rated. Sometimes a moody sky like this works!

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 1st May 2024 at 09:36

Another good un Colin reminds me of my time at Harvey’s in 67 as I passed 6 days a week and also remember the row of terraced nearer to Aspull that all had quite a few steps at the front doors,they have long gone.

Comment by: Meg on 1st May 2024 at 11:34

A lovely photo of a house that fascinated me as a child. Mum and Dad would take us on the bus to see Dad's Auntie and Uncle who lived on't moor. I always tried to sit near the window so I could see this house and the tiny cottages further along and imagine I lived there.
Auntie used to bake beautiful cakes and I remember on one visit my greedy little brother ate three pieces and then said "let's go home now Mum, my
belly's full.
Sorry I do witter on (put it down to old age) but p.a.d photos trigger some happy memories for me of days long ago.
Thank you to everyone who takes the trouble to share them.

Comment by: Cyril on 1st May 2024 at 12:20

Good photo Colin, I can't make out what the blue/green object is near the garage, though with a squint it resembles a giant budgie sat in the garden near the bird table.

Do the Haddock family still live in this house?
I remember Stan and Ethel who both worked at the Co-op, also a brother had the chip shop on the Top Lock estate who's name I can't remember, I thought Haddock to be an apt name for a chippy owner.

Comment by: Ex Speed Cop on 1st May 2024 at 12:37

Nice thing about good photos is you don't get any traffic noise.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 1st May 2024 at 12:49

Thank you to all for the kind comments today, as with Dennis I make the best use of my bus pass.
Meg, I took a picture of that row of six lovely cottages and sent for consideration to upload. Whether they feature or not is out of my hands but hope they do as they do have a historical context to Haigh Hall estate.
Cyril, Haddock and Chips, one of my favourites, I might pop to the chippy tonight.

Comment by: Dave Lewis on 1st May 2024 at 13:07

My mother lived there when it was a pub she was 11 years old at the time, she tells me there was a labour club attached to the building back in the day.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 1st May 2024 at 13:37

Jumbo, I understand what you say but I wanted to capture those traditional cobbles leading to the canal side. Also the little lane leading up to the row of six cottages and The Colliers.

Comment by: Veronica on 1st May 2024 at 14:31

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of ‘wittering’ Meg it shows you have good memories.

Comment by: Kath H on 1st May 2024 at 15:09

Great photo Colin. When I saw Packet House, thought it must be one of Dennis’s. These photos stir up childhood memories. That house used to fascinate me as a child. I have been trying to remember the names of the people who lived there. Thank you Cyril yes it was the Haddock family when I lived in New Springs, then Aspull. I still look at it every time we ride past, which is quite often. It looks in better condition now than it did when I was growing up.

Comment by: Meg on 1st May 2024 at 15:50

There's an old black and white photo of the Packet House and cottages on album. It looks very bleak and bare compared to Colin's photo. What a difference a few shrubs and trees make.
It's item 20306.

Comment by: Jembo on 1st May 2024 at 15:53

No problem Colin - it's your photo and I do like it.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 1st May 2024 at 17:54

Meg, no such thing as wittering on, many of the pictures and recollections posted spark memories from the past. Keep viewing and post whatever comes to mind, we are all interested as it adds to our collective memories. X

Comment by: Meg on 1st May 2024 at 18:57

Thank you Colin
. I forgot to say we were " browt up reet " and my brother .was told off for being rude and made to say sorry.

Comment by: Andrew on 7th May 2024 at 08:44

Likely 'packet' from when they ran packet boats on the canal, the passenger service rather than just goods

Comment by: Andrew on 7th May 2024 at 21:18

Likely 'packet' from when they ran packet boats on the canal, the passenger service rather than just goods

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