A collection of historical articles, and reminiscences of Wigan

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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A Letter from the Past

A Letter from the Past

A 1942 letter from James Parkinson to his sons on reaching 70 years of age, and recalls the hardships and experiences of growing up in Victorian Wigan.

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The War Diary of Rifleman William Walls of Abram

The War Diary of Rifleman William Walls of Abram

The WW1 diary of William Walls by Graham Taylor, with thanks to Wigan Archives volunteer, Susan Berry, for transcribing the diaries. A great effort to bring the vivid and personal "down to earth" experiences of war. The diaries were donated to the Archives by David and Joyce, the children of William Walls's youngest son Arthur Walls.

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19th Century Housing in Wigan

19th Century Housing in Wigan

An article on the development and reasons for poor housing in Wigan in the C19.

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Julia Bracewell Folkard - Artist of the "lost" paintings

An interesting article by Julie Foster on painter Julia Bracewell Tennyson, sister of Henry Tennyson Folkard first Librarian of the Wigan Free Public Library.

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The Tragedy at Winstanley

The Tragedy at Winstanley

A true story of intrigue and mysterious deaths on the Winstanley Estate in the 1880's by Thomas McGrath

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History of the Market Hotel

History of the Market Hotel

A comprehensive history of the hotel, from 1875 to the present day ... and some "personal memories" by Dylan Harris, local historian

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St. John's School, Dicconson Street.

St. John's School, Dicconson Street.

Brief History of the "lost" St. John's School, the architect and his surprising invention.

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