Articles & News


A recent collection of news, historical articles, and reminiscences of Wigan

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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WW1 & Jireh Chapel

WW1 & Jireh Chapel

An article by our member, Pam Thomas, on the members of the congregation from the Jireh Chapel, Orrell, who fought in the World War One.

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The Lives of the Eckersleys

The Lives of the Eckersleys

A presentation on the Lives of the Eckersley family by one of members, Andy Lomax.

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Earliest "outdoor" photo in Wigan?

Earliest "outdoor" photo in Wigan?

Photo of a Cricket Match played on the Mesnes in 1864, the ground later became Mesnes Park. Summary of the players with the social aspects!

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A History of the Wigan Coalfield

A History of the Wigan Coalfield

Some great pre-Xmas reading, written by Chris Southworth for an OND project in 1973.......seems like yesterday!

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Grade 2* At-Risk buildings in Wigan

Grade 2* At-Risk buildings in Wigan

Produced in October 2020 - It's very challenging to remove some of these buildings, due to several factors.

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The Tale of James Beegan and his grave

The Tale of James Beegan and his grave

Discovering the oldest Duke of Lancaster Own Yeomanry grave in Wigan and the varied and interesting life of soldier James Beegan

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Presentation on Gerrard Winstanley

Presentation on Gerrard Winstanley

View the Zoom presentation on Gerrard Winstanley by Derek Winstanley to our Society on 9th Novenber. Derek shared some of his fascinating research into the life and times of radical thinker, Gerrard Winstanley, his family and the influence of Wigan.

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