Recently, HL and myself headed towards Scotland for a few days break on the farm. I shall post some holiday pics in this thread later today.
On the way to Scotland, we stopped off in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Coronation Street country!
I was born in Bolton. Most of my family had been employed in the countless cotton mills that abounded in Lancashire back then. I wanted to see if the house that I had lived in for 5 years of my childhood was still standing. I remember cobbled streets, washing hung across the street between the tiny houses, the ever present Bee Hive cotton mill at the bottom of the hill, the outside toilet and the smell of the steam engines at the engine sheds nearby.
I wondered what would be stood where the old house used to be. A supermarket, a garage, what?
To my absolute astonishment little had changed. The streets are still cobbles, the Bee Hive cotton mill still stands, you can see it in the background, although it is now a catalogue warehouse. Even the chippy is still in the same spot! No washing lines, no steam engines though.
One other difference. The population here is now mainly Asian.
I though some of you might find it interesting, will post our holiday pics later!