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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 4th May, 2024)

Whelley


Whelley
A lot of old terraced houses were successfully given a new lease of life in Whelley.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-HX99)
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Comment by: WN6 on 4th May 2024 at 09:29

Wirz thi bin r Albert?
Went up Scouz to Wellie.
Did thi see much?
There nowt left.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th May 2024 at 09:33

More buildings left in Whelley than was left in Scholes. Is that Northumberland St at the top left Dennis? Good photos today.

Comment by: Gary on 4th May 2024 at 10:41

From the top deck of the number 15 bus I used to know all the street names in Whelley.
Now I can only remember Longshoot and Vine.
It is my slow descent into old gitdom.
Good photoset Dennis.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th May 2024 at 10:59

I am having loads of trouble with the internet this morning and don't think my comment has been added. It was just to say I'm sure there is a row of terraced houses with little gardens somewhere along there that were built from scratch not that many years ago....I remember thinking how nice it was to see "new" terraced houses being built rather than semis or detached. If my original comment comes up, apologies, but I think it was lost.

Comment by: Maureen on 4th May 2024 at 11:12

Veronica, if you mean where Whelley Hospital was located, that was Bradshaw St..I lived in Warrington Lane in the 70s and I would pick my young son up .. leave him with my eldest lad and run from Wigan all the way up Scholes and Whelley,it was before I could drive and had a car.. I was shattered by the time I got to the Hospital.. the nursing officer was coming out of the nurses home and saw me puffing and panting, ask me why , I told him where I’d run from … I’ll never forget his kindness, he said “listen I don’t care if you’re half an hour or more late, just don’t put yourself through that, you’ll get here sooner or later”.wasn’t he kind.

Comment by: T. D. on 4th May 2024 at 11:14

Whelley no 88. Two fat ladies, but no belly dancing Dennis.
Apparently it's another friendly mens room.

Plonk o bowl on mi yed muther.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th May 2024 at 11:30

Top right?

Comment by: DerekB on 4th May 2024 at 11:56

Gary, just to refresh your memory - other streets were Great Acre, Eckersley St, Ellis St, Thompson St, Moore St. and Bradshaw St. Bottom left photo used to be a branch of Mortons and bottom right photo shops were all different departments of the Co-op.

Comment by: Cyril on 4th May 2024 at 12:00

An excellent photo collage Dennis, it's like a photo postcard.

Just wondering as to what toppings you could choose from at the Canadian Pizza shop, would there be - Canadian Cheddar, Canadian Bacon, Steak Canadienne and would there be Moose burgers too?
Actually no, as according to Google a Canadian Pizza topping is a combination of cheese, pepperoni, bacon and mushrooms, you may also get a drizzle of Maple Syrup too!

Comment by: Veronica on 4th May 2024 at 12:07

I meant on the street on the right Maureen. I do remember Bradshaw St though. My dad was in the hospital there a couple of years before he died. I remember Whelley School as well where we used to go for Cookery Lessons from St Pat’s as it was more a ‘state of the art’ school compared to St Pat’s. We didn’t just learn about cooking we learned how to clean cookers and scrub wooden tables etc. it was a good grounding in ‘house wife chores’ ! ;o)

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th May 2024 at 13:11

Veronica, I remember friends who went to Rose Bridge Secondary Modern going to a place down Ince Green Lane near Foster's Playing Fields in the 1960s to learn cookery and also how to do washing, look after a house etc. I think it SHOULD be taught. At Hindley Grammar we did Domestic Science, and DID cook things, but weren't taught what I term "housewifery", and my Mam never asked me to do jobs in the house as a lot of girls did, and the result is that I will never make the Housewife Of The Year competition! I would have appreciated those lessons, and also shorthand and typing, (something else we didn't do at HAGS), as I always felt I could have done that. My computer was my first "typewriter". I went out with a lad from Whelley when I was 14, (only for a couple of weeks....all very innocent back then!), and my friend and I used to hang around there hoping to see him! I remember some streets with names of fish....Perch Street? Sole Street? Or were those in Scholes rather than Whelley?

Comment by: Dave on 4th May 2024 at 13:17

I had terrible invasive ads on WW yesterday . My ad guard expired . I wonder how others deal with them because without an AdGuard the site becomes an absolutely nightmare to use . I don’t have any problems on any other site only WW , which is strange . No problems as well with all the other Wigan sites like WN etc

Comment by: Rev David Long on 4th May 2024 at 13:29

Irene, the new terrace you talk of is to the left of the road in the top left shot - there are no gardens in front - the houses are set back by about two feet and there are railings at the boundary. They replaced a second hand car sales pitch. The shop on the corner of Moore Street East, bottom left, has just been extensively altered. It used to have a single story frontage, with a stuccoed facade, standing out from the main building behind - the roofline of which was further back, and lower. Before becoming a barber's, it was an ice cream parlour for about five years, having been a printer's shop for a while before that.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th May 2024 at 14:01

I think you meant Veronica, Rev David, but I'm sure she will see your comment and realise it is for her. People tend to mix us up on p-a-d, Veronica and I, like The Terrible Twins! (If the cap fits, Veronica.....!).

Comment by: Veronica on 4th May 2024 at 14:23

I always had to do jobs in the house Irene. Mainly polishing and ironing. Plus cleaning upstairs windows with my mam holding on to my legs inside! What would Health & Safety do about that? . Yes I remember the ‘fishy’ names of some of the streets, I think it was where the prefabs were situated.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 4th May 2024 at 17:19

Try using Brave Dave.

Comment by: Itene Roberts on 4th May 2024 at 17:40

Rev. David, my apologies....I realised after I had answered you that your comment WAS for me....I am so sorry! I'd thought it was in answer to a comment by Veronica. Entirely my mistake...sorry! Thankyou so much for your reply.

Comment by: Dave on 4th May 2024 at 17:55

That’s Dennis , I will give it a go . Much appreciated. Without an Adblock my WW goes mental with ads!

Comment by: . Ozy . on 4th May 2024 at 18:21

Ahh ! … I’ve often wondered where you honed your ironing skills Veronica .

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 4th May 2024 at 18:54

That’s why I changed to Brave, Dave. W.W was becoming almost impossible to watch on Chrome.

Comment by: Gary on 4th May 2024 at 19:31

DerekB - many thanks. I can remember the Co op too.

Comment by: Ken on 4th May 2024 at 20:26

In 1891 my gr gr grandfather Thomas Fillingham was landlord of the George & Dragon in Whelley his wife hung herself in the stairwell in 1898 a long family story.

Comment by: David Fairclough on 5th May 2024 at 06:29

My wife lived in Windermere St before we were married my sister in law still lives there. Use to be an Off License next door before it was knocked down, same time as George and Dragon

Comment by: T. D. on 5th May 2024 at 09:12

Thanks for sharing your sad, but interesting story Ken.

Comment by: tuddy on 6th May 2024 at 22:39

The top righthand photo is the old bowling green from the George and Dragon..

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