A collection of historical articles, and reminiscences of Wigan

Wigan Wallgate Station War Memorial

Wigan Wallgate Station War Memorial

Research into the Wigan Wallgate Station War Memorial that once was on display in the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway loco sheds in Prescott Street, Wigan.

Read More  
Humphrey J.G Walmesley of Westwood House, Ince, Wigan

Humphrey J.G Walmesley of Westwood House, Ince, Wigan

Article by Andy Lomax on the life of Humphrey Walmesley.

Read More  
A Book is Immortal......

A Book is Immortal......

A critique of author George Orwell and his book "The Road to Wigan Pier, by Tom Walsh.

Read More  
The use of maps as an aid to historical research and the history of the Ordnance Survey

The use of maps as an aid to historical research and the history of the Ordnance Survey

The use of maps as an aid to historical and family history research. The history of the Ordnance Survey and a look at Wigan on a 1951 OS map. By Graham Taylor.

Read More  
Standish Medieval Stone Cross Bases

Standish Medieval Stone Cross Bases

Locations of the three Grade II Listed stone cross bases in Standish. By Graham Taylor

Read More  
Two Wallgaters at War

Two Wallgaters at War

The story of two friends from Wallgate who were to meet up again in WW1. One was to survive, the other died on active service but left behind a famous sporting dynasty. By Graham Taylor.

Read More  
Wigan Volunteer Light Horse

Wigan Volunteer Light Horse

The origins of the Wigan Volunteer Light Horse during the early part of the 19th century, and its evolution over the next 200 years to the Army’s modern day successor, still based in Wigan, the Queens Own Yeomanry. By Graham Taylor.

Read More  
Life of Thomas Wall & family - founder of the Wigan Observer

Life of Thomas Wall & family - founder of the Wigan Observer

An interesting article by Malcolm Ryding on the life of Thomas Wall and family, founder of the Wigan Observer in 1853.

Read More  
Winstanley Moated Homesteads

Winstanley Moated Homesteads

Hundreds of years before Winstanley Hall was built the Winstanley family lived in a moated homestead. Explore the extensive evidence for this produced by Derek Winstanley, also evidence of another Winstanley moated homestead.

Read More  
Rylands Sidings

Rylands Sidings

Reminiscences of Rylands Sidings at Whitley from sixty years ago, the association with a cotton magnate and their place in the war time history and industrial heritage of Wigan. By Graham Taylor.

Read More  
Springfield Hall

Springfield Hall

An in depth look at the lives of the families known to have lived at Springfield Hall between 1813 and its demolition in 1937. It is one of the many halls in the Wigan area that have been lost and have now disappeared into history. By Graham Taylor.

Read More  
Wigan Election Riots of 1831

Wigan Election Riots of 1831

A detailed look at the reasons for the election riots in Wigan in May 1831, the backgrounds of the characters involved and the consequences for the perpetrators of the ensuing violence. By Graham Taylor.

Read More