A collection of historical articles, and reminiscences of Wigan

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.

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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.

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Westwood Hall

Westwood Hall

After the disastrous fire in 2022 Andy Lomax investigated the little known history of the 17th century building

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The Tale of William Tipping

The Tale of William Tipping

Ever wondered how Tipping Street and The Tipping's Arms got there names. Read the interesting article from locallife by Nicola Gray with research undertaken by the Society.

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Tales from the Workhouse - The Story of Sarah Hartley

Tales from the Workhouse - The Story of Sarah Hartley

Sarah Hartley, the young Wigan girl who had spent her adolescent years at Wigan Union Workhouse and Edgworth Children’s Home left an enduring legacy in Canada that is celebrated to this day.

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From Wigan to Wirral

From Wigan to Wirral

A chance meeting with a Wirral family leads to the significance of a chair, the Price of Wales pub in Scholes, the Union Street Burial Society and recollections of burials in the 1950's

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Centenary of the Wigan Coat of Arms

Centenary of the Wigan Coat of Arms

Article by Derek Wistanley celebrating the 100 years since the town was awarded its "ancient and loyal" Coat of Arms, replacing the old Common Seal.

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The Rushton Brothers and their Building

The Rushton Brothers and their Building

History of the O&G Rushton business, the brothers and their Building.

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Thomas Skelton - "The Fool of Haigh?"

Thomas Skelton - "The Fool of Haigh?"

Thomas Skelton also known as "The Muncaster Fool" his time at Haigh Hall, the Bradshaigh portrait and his Will.

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Royal Ordnance Factory - Beech Hill

Royal Ordnance Factory - Beech Hill

History from WW2 to the present, and the reasons for the selection of the site as a munitions factory.

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Wigan Workhouse and the Poor Law Union

Wigan Workhouse and the Poor Law Union

This article by Graham Taylor explains the history of Poor Law, the formation of the Wigan Poor Law Union, the building of the new Workhouse in Frog Lane, the conditions inside and the regime followed by its inmates.

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Nurses McIntyre & Fletcher

Nurses McIntyre & Fletcher

An interesting article, by Julie Foster on the early days of the Wigan Infirmary and the contribution of these nurses and the lasting recognition they received.

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