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by megaroc
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wartime Whaley
Replies: 29
Views: 1785

Re: Wartime Whaley

hello gritch, from early 1943 to mid 1947 I was in the army cadets and we had our drill nights twice a week at the . drill hall and sometimes on a sunday, at that time the home guard was using it for their drill nights, I think the war department owned it then.in my four years there I don't remember...
by megaroc
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wartime Whaley
Replies: 29
Views: 1785

Re: Wartime Whaley

Sorry Digger the army didn't come to Whaley until after the manchester blitz and stayed about a year.
by megaroc
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wartime Whaley
Replies: 29
Views: 1785

Re: Wartime Whaley

Hi Digger,we could hear the guns firing a round stockprt/Manchester area when the blitz was on and we could see the barrage balloons and hear the bombs dropping,but I don't think Whaley searchlight did much,infact I think the army may have gone by then,but I am not sure about that.Some people said t...
by megaroc
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wartime Whaley
Replies: 29
Views: 1785

Re: Wartime Whaley

hello digger, no, there was no aa guns at the drillhall, up at shallcross manor they had lewis gun, or a strip lewis as they where known, it fired .303 ammunition, we often saw the soldiers drilling on it but never heard it fired, when the searchlight was on you could read a book in the light,
by megaroc
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wartime Whaley
Replies: 29
Views: 1785

Re: Wartime Whaley

hello gritch, horwich end was a village on its own when I was young in the 30s and early 40s. we had a church ,church hall,vicarage, 3 chip shops,a barber, 2 cafes, a ladies dress shop, a chemists, 3 pubs,a small haberdashery,3 butchers, 2 grocers,a dairy,a tobacconist, a wireless repair shop,a pape...
by megaroc
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wartime Whaley
Replies: 29
Views: 1785

Re: Wartime Whaley

hello digger We in Whaley had a quite war, yes we had complete blackout, rationing and all other wartime restrictions,there was couple of bombs dropped on the moors somewhere,we were told they were jettisons. the nearest bomb damage was at New Mills with fatilites and one bomb near the viaduct in Ne...
by megaroc
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wartime Whaley
Replies: 29
Views: 1785

Re: Wartime Whaley

hi Gnatalee and Gritch,there was a number of ARPs in whaley but I don't know their names.At first, the home guard was made up with ww1 old soldiers the veterens of the trenches,there was about a platoons strength, 40 to 50 men, I can remember seargant Gough ,he lived on whaley lane. The shops where ...
by megaroc
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Wartime Whaley
Replies: 29
Views: 1785

Wartime Whaley

Hello Norm, I've been reading your posts and I agree fully what you say about today's photos becoming tomorrow's history. Keep them coming please. I was looking at the school photos of both Whaley and Horwich End schools of the 1930's and early '40's and seeing and remembering old friends all growin...
by megaroc
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Happy New Year (or is it ?)
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: Happy New Year (or is it ?)

happy New Year to all
by megaroc
Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Whaley Bridge in Colour
Replies: 13
Views: 1829

Re: Whaley Bridge in Colour

looking up macc road the first shop on the right was my grandmas bakery and was well known in the area at that time, the shop at the other end of the row was owned by mrs hague, I think it was a fruit and veg shop.
by megaroc
Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Whaley Bridge in Colour
Replies: 13
Views: 1829

Re: Whaley Bridge in Colour

the tree s on right of the photo were beech trees and lots of jackdaws and crows inhabited them,needless to say people were very reluctant to walk under them,in the mid forties it was decided to cut them down.i remember a petion being set up to save them, but they were cut down anyway, Harry Potters...
by megaroc
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New find.
Replies: 61
Views: 9044

Re: New find.

hello r.s-s, I am sorry to have taken so long to respond to your comment about the fishing pond up elnor lane , yes it was where the garages are now, we used to go there as children and talk to some of the soldiers from the manor who were fishing there,in winter it sometimes froze over and we made s...
by megaroc
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New find.
Replies: 61
Views: 9044

Re: New find.

hello norm , I can see the smoke, it could be from a train . to me it seems a bit nearer about where the old fishing pond was at the top of elnor lane.the railway was behind that. when I said, it was shukers farm it was mistake it could possibly be a ruined farm which was in their field just below w...
by megaroc
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: New find.
Replies: 61
Views: 9044

Re: New find.

morning norm,re photo 2964, that's bottom of elnor lane, mr whiteman and mr Hollands cottages on the right, Sybil claytons on the left, the old foundry extreme left and shukers farm, far distance, I have similar one with a lady and a child on it

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by megaroc
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Illusive Horwich End Fountain?
Replies: 4
Views: 1519

Re: Illusive Horwich End Fountain?

hi, there is a link with southend and whaley with the evacuees that came from there, but I personally never knew of the horwich end fountain.