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Ince-in-Makerfield, Lancs, 1974. | by Fray Bentos
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Ince-in-Makerfield, Lancs, 1974.

I am indebted to the present Vicar of Ince for information concerning this photograph. Apparently the boundary between Ince Urban District, in Lancashire, and the Borough of Wigan ran left to right across the middle of the picture, following the line of a vanished stream. At some time before the picture was taken on Wednesday 24th July 1974, three cottages that had stood in Ince had been demolished. Those left standing have since followed. In the distance is Westwood Power Station, which has also been demolished.

I can't think of a nicer place to live. The old couple sitting outside amongst all that summery grass must have been the happiest people alive. I'm not surprised this has gone, like everything old, local, small-scale and idiosyncratic.

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Taken on May 30, 2010