ALTHOUGH this picture was taken in December, that’s not snow on the ground you can see.

And although Bolton was still at the forefront of the textile industry in 1953 they hadn’t decided to plant cotton in the town either.

Instead, work had been on-going to seed land around Bridgeman Street to create Heywood Park and the white you can see was lime which had been spread over the recently-levelled ground.

Workmen are preparing the soil and spreading the grass seed around.

The mill in the background and the mist rising from the ground give it an eerie feel.