Articles


A collection of historical articles, and reminiscences of Wigan

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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The True Story of a Pit Shaft

The True Story of a Pit Shaft

An account of the sinking of the New Venture Pit and the events surrounding the the flooding of the mine as told by James Bradshaw the engine winder in 1913.

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21, Upper Dicconson & Lord Leverhulme

21, Upper Dicconson & Lord Leverhulme

Discover the reason why William Hesketh Lever, later Lord Leverhulme lived in Upper Dicconson Street, from 1877 to 1884

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Swinley and the  Wigan Land & Building Company

Swinley and the Wigan Land & Building Company

The development of the Swinley area in the 1870's.

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Directory - Ince Streets & families.....what year?

Directory - Ince Streets & families.....what year?

Looking to find which year the Directory was printed? Find the Ince Streets and families.

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History of Beech Hill & The Thicknesse Family

History of Beech Hill & The Thicknesse Family

A very interesting and in-depth article by local historian Graham Taylor.

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The History & Memories of Wigan Little Theatre

The History & Memories of Wigan Little Theatre

A Zoom presentation by member, Ron Hunt, to the group in Feb 2021

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Lost Buildings - Pemberton & Highfield

Lost Buildings - Pemberton & Highfield

Some history and memories of lost buildings in Pemberton & Highfield

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Beech Hill Farm & The Gill Family

Beech Hill Farm & The Gill Family

Article by Graham Taylor reserching Beech Hill and the Gill family

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Brideoake - Standish

Brideoake - Standish

A national builder has named a new development in Standish “Brideoake Court” after a local historic figure. But who was he? Find out here.

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