John's calendar of vintage Leigh scenes is a blast from the past
6:20am Friday 1st November 2013 in NW
THE changing face of Leigh is depicted clearly in a 2014 calendar being published by the town’s sporting historian John Taylor who has a long association, both as a competitor, statistician and author, with Leigh Harriers.
Mr Taylor is following up his current year’s calendar showing images of old Leigh with next year’s publication featuring intriguing early 20th century photographs of the town containing scenes which can still be identified.
The calendar features a bustling Bradshawgate in 1906 with many buildings still in situ including the former Army and Navy stores.
Easily recognisable is the cottage at the entrance to Atherton Old Hall farm and the civic square obelisk and Leigh Parish Church. Sporting and cycling scenes include a Leigh RLFC line-up and intrepid members of Leigh Clarion cycle club plus tree-felling at Pennington.
“I am making a donation from the sale of each calendar to Leigh Harriers,” said Mr Taylor, who is pictured here in the same position in Beech Walk, Pennington as depicted in the 1906 photograph in the calendar showing Clarendon House in the background.
Calendars will be on sale at C & D Books in Leigh Market Hall.
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