Brief History & Casualty records of the 2nd 5th Battalion of Manchester Regiment.
by Graham Taylor
Sir Francis Sharp Powell - his Life & Times and the corrupt election of 1881. - A presentation to the Society by one of our members Dr. Richard Simpson, on 8th November 2021.
A Letter from the Past
Letter from James Parkinson to his sons, on reaching 70years of age.
Wigan - Town & Country Rambles
by John T Hilton published 1914
Wigan - 1957 - View
Provides an insight into life in Wigan in 1957. The publication has been split into various sections for improved reading.
The Tragedy at Winstanley Hall Estate - View
Julia Bracewell Folkard - Artist of the "lost paintings" - View
The WW1 diary of Rifleman William Walls - View
A Christmas story .. "to melt your heart" - View
Circle of "New Year" Life - View
Wigan Pewter and their makers - View
Wigan Buildings website - Search the website - View
Lots of new heritage buildings added.......
Two Hundered Years of Methodism in Wigan - View
Hon. James Lindsay - allegations regarding his election as Burgess for Wigan at the 1846 parliamentary election - View
Illustrated History of Wigan 1878-1978 - View - (produced Wigan Library Services)
The Boar’s Head-Haigh Viaduct (The Dominoes) View
The Standish-Whelley Viaduct (20 Bridges) View
History of St. John's School & Joseph Hansom (Architect) - View
BETA - Visit to the National Memorial Arboretum - View the Article
The True Story of a Pit Shaft - View Article
21, Upper Dicconson & Lord Leverhulme - View Article
150 Years Celebration of St. Patrick's 1847-1997 - View Article
A lad from Scholes meets Queen Victoria by Tom Walsh
Interesting article by Graham Taylor on the "lost" railway station at Boars Head,
History of Speckled Holly Cottage - Standish Wood Lane
History of Timberlakes
"High Riders & Rolls Royces" - charting the history of the Timberlake family and the buildings the company occupied in the town centre.
Swinley & the Wigan Land & Building Company
An article documenting the development of the Swinley area in the 1870's
Wigan Casualties at Gallipoli - WW1
Excellent and dedicated research by Graham Taylor - The list of 5th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, Wigan casualties, at Gallipoli. (Incomplete and still a work in progress)
Margery Booth - "The Operatic Spy"
Very interesting research on the life and times of Margery Booth, the Wigan born opera singer and the circumstances leading to her role as a spy during WW11.
Read the Story
Highfield Cricket Club - 75 Glorious Years 1924 -1999
King Street Heritage Action Zone
Lots of interesting information on this much needed initiative. Also includes social and architectural information on the buildings within the Zone.
Video - History of the Jireh Chapel by one of our members, Pam Thomas
Article - Memories of the Whit Monday Walks by Tom Walsh
80th Anniversary of the May Blitz on Liverpool 1941 by BETA "The Two Eileens"
Only 1 volume of 2, including Market Street, Wiend, Hallgate, Frog Lane, Wallgate, Millgate, Scholes, Warrington Lane, Castle Yard and Club Row
The "Lost" Buildings of King Street
Part of the King Street Heritage Zone project.
Read about the history of The Palace Cinema, The Shakespeare Hotel and more long gone buildings.
The History of the Church of St Andrew, Springfield
History of the first three vicars, including Rev. William Wickham.
Coal Mining in Hindley by Chris Southworth
Very interesting, including old maps and colliery locations identified on google maps
From one of our member, Marc Selby, who has created a great website.
Early Wigan Rugby remembers the rich history and heritage of the Wigan Rugby Football Club and champions the men who built the club up. The websites aim is to put to bed some myths and explore the true origins and events of the Wigan club from 1862 through to the First Word War.
Our sister website continues to grow with images, history and memories of over 800 buildings of interest across the borough of Wigan.
There is a search facility that you can search for an Area, Building Grade, or an individual building, by using the drop-down lists.
If you would like to recommend a new building of interest or have relevant information on an existing building, please contact:-