A collection of articles and resources relating to the history of the Hall, the people and the wider estate of Haigh.
A History of the Hall
A 24page booklet of the history produced 1n 1957 by H.H.G. Arthur, Wigan Council Librarian in 1957.
An excellent overview.
Thanks to Ron Hunt
Auction Cataogues - Sale of The Haigh Estate
Compehensive and amazing list of properties and land offered for Sale from 1935 to 1947.
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.
Sir Roger Bradshaigh
Life & Times of Roger Bradshaigh 1628-1684, by AJ Hawkes
Images of Haigh Hall, the estate and the wider Haigh village.
With permission and thanks to Ron Hunt of wiganworld.
View over 140 images
Additional images of the Haigh area.
View over 100 images
Haigh Foundry & Brock Mill Forge
Information and articles on this historic site, the cradle of industrial engineering in Wigan
1831 -Public Charities Report
An extract of the report by the Charity Commissioners in 1831 referring to the charities in the Township of Haigh.
Covers the School, The Receptacle and other charities.
A little journey of discovery
by Martin Holden with some great images
Plantation Gates, Wigan Lane,
James Higson, died in 1898, the old lodge-keeper for the Wigan entrance to Haigh Park, Plantation Gate and Lodges, had a remarkable career as a private soldier, recalling some of the particulars of what in many respects was an interesting life.
Memories by Kathleen Horrobin - Living at Plantation Gates
Kathleen recalls living at the lodges in 1970 as a newly wed.
Plantation Gates, Whelley
Probably built for the visit to Haigh Hall of the Prince & Princess of Wales in June 1872.
See the drawings and maps of the planned new road and building in celebration of this event.
The Mayor of Wigan - "A Tale"
“The Mayor of Wigan, a tale, by Hillary Butler, printed in London, 1760.” Little is known about the author apart from he practised as barrister in London.
The extreme rarity of this book, and its strong local connections with the borough, is its only recommendation. The Monthly Review of the year 1760, of its publication, calls it “dirty story, poorly told.”
The tale of the Mayor of Wigan who is invited to a dinner at Hall, on the way to the hall he a has unfortunate accident in the "nether regions", the actions of his dog, Tray, at the dinner table causes chaos and unpleasantness for all the diners.
The original copy - digitised by google books
A copy translated by the Wigan Archives (Pat Sankey)
Sir Roger Bradshaigh's Letter-Book
The book contains copies of various documents addressed to Sir Roger Bradshaigh of Haigh near Wigan in his capacity as one of the Deputy Lieutenants of the county, and a few other letters and papers. Sir Roger no doubt had them copied out for reference, and the order is (roughly) chronological. Many are formal merely, as the copy of the commission to the Earl of Derby as Lord Lieutenant and the like, but others throw light on the disturbed conditions which accompanied the restoration of Monarchy and led to the Revolution of 1688.
Early Haigh Hall Print
If any one would like to purchase a print (16in x 11in). Contact Ron Hunt: email@example.com
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