The war years
The area played an important role during the Second World War. A prisoner of war camp based in Leigh was home to nearly 2000 German prisoners and an ack-ack gun based at East Lancs Road warned off any German pilots.
We used to go to what is now the East Lancs Road. And they had an ack-ack gun on there and it used to fire a shell into the air and go about 2 or 3 miles down the raod and fire another one. And over the period of the day it would go along this road, especially at night and fire a shell. It was the only gun that they had... the pilots would report that they had an ack-ack gun at such and such a place... as far as the German’s were concerned there could have been 6 ack-ack stations!”