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Name That Place

on Thu Sep 07 2017, 15:15
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Mentioned in the Illustrated Church News (late 1800s) as follows:

'The most diligent search all England over would scarce reveal such an uninviting spot as the Lancashire town of ...'

And in A History of the Townships of Lancashire (1911):

"The general aspect is unpleasing, it being a typical black country in the heart of the coal-mining area. The flat surface, covered with a complete network of railways, has scarcely a green tree to relieve the monotony of the bare wide expanses of apparently waste land, much of it covered with shallow 'flashes' of water, the result of the gradual subsidence of the ground as it is mined beneath."

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Re: Name That Place

on Sat Sep 09 2017, 18:35
And it doubles up as a good adjective of Ince too. Very Happy
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on Mon Sep 18 2017, 15:01
Neil Cain's fascinating article on Ince - Past Forward Issue 23 (p. 4,5,6)

Soon Ince would be famous for having the greatest number of pits per square mile of anywhere in Great Britain.
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Re: Name That Place

on Mon Sep 18 2017, 16:14
A really interesting read, thanks for that jo anne
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Re: Name That Place

on Mon Sep 18 2017, 18:33
jo anne wrote: ... Soon Ince would be famous for having the greatest number of pits per square mile of anywhere in Great Britain. ...

Rubbish!
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Re: Name That Place

on Mon Sep 18 2017, 18:41
Hello, Tonker, I somehow knew you'd appear. Very Happy
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Re: Name That Place

on Mon Sep 18 2017, 19:51
Why do they have to make up stories like this? Is there nothing true that can be said about Ince to make it interesting enough to gain the small-minded Wiganer's attention?
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Re: Name That Place

on Mon Sep 18 2017, 20:12
I like the bit about "Wigan Nondescripts" jo anne

"Saturday March 3 1894 - Our local soccer side, the Wigan Nondescripts have played on some bad grounds in their time, but the one on which they played the Ince Amateurs on Saturday not only takes the cake, but annexes the entire bakery as well. To begin with, it was fully 40 yards short of the usual length. There was a ditch at one end, and a large lodge at the other, and several small lodges on the ground itself - one right in front of the goal"

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