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Up Holland in old picture postcards volume 2

Up Holland in old picture postcards volume 2

:   Dr. Allan Miller
:   Lancashire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-0954-3
:   80
:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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Fragmenten uit het boek 'Up Holland in old picture postcards volume 2'

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19 For years William Webster, a Wigan charabanc owner, had been carrying miners from Up Holland to the Richard Evans and Company's collieries at Haydock. Webster's drivers were warned of the danger of heavy vehicles using Alma Hill because of its steep gradient. They were recommended to use the main road via the Vicarage on all occasions. But it was difficult to negotiate the narrow bottlenecks approaching Church Street in the village and near the Methodist Chapel in Tontine, where the charabancs frequently damaged paving flags. During the 1920sWebsters tried to extend their activities in the Up Holland area by offering to serve Crawford and Rob)' Mill with their latest saloon-type passenger buses; the venture was short lived partly because of lack of passengers from these outlying districts.

20 Mill Lane, leading from the village to Ashurst Beacon, had many attractions, in addition to the old windmill. From there it was possible to see 'the great Sun setting' in a 'wondrous light of gold, and purple, and triumphant red'. It was a very popular road, but its narrowness presented problems for the Council. In 1920 Wigan Tramway Corporation applied to run buses between the two local beauty spots of Abbey Lakes and Ashurst Beacon during holiday periods, at weekends or whenever there was a festival. However, there were complaints about speeding buses doing damage to the road surface and the footpaths along Mill Lane. More environmentally friendly companies offered to use buses fitted with pneumatic tyres rather than the usual solids.

21 During the 1930s there was a long running dispute about buses stopping in the narrow bottleneck of Parliament Street outside Baxter's store. The road was wider near Rock House and traffic could pass more easily at that point. One resident complained: 'Rock House is the coldest spot which could be chosen, and many colds and much illness can be traced to waiting there for buses which are not always on time. The previous stopping place lower down at the lamp was very much warmer and also shelter could be had when waiting, but now there is none at all, and the north wind sweeps down with full force on unfortunate people who have to stand waiting, and if it rains then the misery is added to ... and also the Up Holland District Council owns a building at the previous stop and was quite prepared to make it into a waiting room for buses.'

22 Mr. Lomas filled the oil lamps to light some of Up Holland's highways. In 1878 Wigan Corporation supplied the first gas lamps in Up Holland; two each in School Lane, Parliament Street, Church Street, Hall Green, Alma Hill with one in the centre of the village and another at White Cross Lane. John Swift was appointed as the village lamplighter. But there were regular problems with bath the supply and the quality of gas provided by Wigan Corporation; in 1910 the pressure of gas in School Lane was described as 'abominable', During various coal miners' strikes gas for all street and other public lamps was discontinued to ensure supplies for domestic purposes. A Local Authority survey in 1 92 5 revealed that 535 out of 1 ,050 householders in Up Holland wanted electricity and in 193 1 streetlights were converted from gas to electricity.

23 In the past Up Holland had a plethora of small workshops, including joiners, saddlers, hairdressers, stonemasons, dairies, cowsheds, bake houses, diggers, boot makers. wheelwrights and blacksmiths. Sometimes these small scale activities were hazardous. Miss Weeton wrote about a fire at a cabinet maker's workshop which started when sparks fell auto wood shavings; a considerable amount of new furniture was lost and same members of the family were severely burned trying to rescue tools and timber. In 1 875 the Council's Medical Officer reported blood, water and refuse running down the gutter on one side of the passage leading to the village slaughterhouse. He recommended various improvements, including a door at the end of the passage 'to shut out all view of the proceedings enacted inside'.

24 Smithing was a long established occupation in Up Holland and the smiths served farms in Up Holland, Skelmersdale and Rainford. Horses were shod and farm implements repaired far more than three hundred years at Alker's smithy in Ormskirk Road. Shod horses from Up Holland took principal prizes at some of the leading agricultural shows in the country The epitaph of blacksmith Thomas Winstanley, who died on 11 August 1884, aged 71 years, and was buried in Up Holland Parish churchyard, read:
My sledge end hammer is declined My be1lies pipe has jest its wind
My fire decay. my forge extent
And in the dust my vice is laid
My iron is gone, my coals is spent My nails is driven, my work is done!

25 Itinerant street vendors provided a useful service to the villagers. But there was some concern about 'persons unknown' who were in the habit of meeting school children to solicit rags, in return for which toys were promised. Many street traders advertised their presence by shouting and this became a nuisance. The local Council asked ice cream sellers to discontinue their practice of 'crying' particularly on Sundays. Noise at night was also a problem, especially at weekends, when residents had to endure the disorderly conduct, objectionable language and unruly behaviour of visitors. In 1936 Up Holland council passed a bye law which stated: 'No person in any street or public place between the hours of 1 pm and 6am shall wantonly and continuously shout or otherwise make any loud noise to the disturbance or annoyance of residents.'

26 Carriers also provided a useful service to villagers. Miss Weeton used William Hartley to carry mail and messages and sent her luggage by Anthony Billington's cart. In the late 19th century 'Waring the Mugman' sold all sorts of mugs from his home on Stoney Browand used his horse and cart to transport quarter casks of ale from Wigan; he was so trusted as a carrier that at least one local family employed him to move glass and china to their new house. Likewise William Fairelough was a trusted village carrier; he met trains at Orrell and Up Holland railway stations and trams at Abbey Lakes to collect parcels. with larger packages transported on a small cart.

27 Up Holland was always a fanning village and it once ranked amongst the main market towns of the country with a weekly market held on Wednesdays and an annual fair for horses, cattle and pigs. Up Holland was well located to host such events and had the potential to be 'second to none in any place with an equal population'. However, there was 'something wanting' which prevented Up Holland becoming one of the leading country fairs in the 19th century. There was a good deal of apathy in the neighbourhood; the local landowners in particular did not give their support and it was left to the tenant farmers to keep the show going. With 'a proper social compact amongst the different people of the township' the fair could have brought a great deal of good in the improvement of the agriculture of the district.

28 The Up Holland and District Agricultural Show, held each July at the Abbey Lakes Pleasure Grounds, was very popular and special trams brought great numbers of visitors from the surrounding districts. The show commenced at 11 a.m. and alongside the exhibitions and competitions, bands 'discoursed music' and 'dancing was indulged in'. The most entertaining feature of the afternoon was the jumping competition, which attracted great interest, especially when the riders tackled the water jump. The last event, the donkey race, always aroused great amusement with animals and riders in fancy dress. The animals trotted or walked round the ring, but some of the donkeys took short cuts across the green, showing that 'even the ass knows that the diameter of a circle is considerably shorter than the circumference'.

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