New Content - recently added

19th October 2022

Society Video Presentations 

Times of Change - A Look at the former Westwood Estate by Andy Lomax


The Life of King Street by Ken Scally


The Changing Face of Wigan by Dylan Harris


Irish Potato Famine



Winstanley Moated Homesteads by Derek Winstanley


Life of Thomas Wall and family - Founder of the Wigan Observer by Malcom Ryding. 


Wigan Volunteer Light Horse - History by Graham Taylor


Two Wallgaters at War by Graham Taylor


The use of Maps as an aid to historical research and the history of the Ordnance Survey



Haigh Hall - History


Cook book produced for cotton workers during the Cotton Famine in 1863


Tom Walsh - Haigh Hall - A pearl in Wigan's proud history


Local History Research - Workshops


History of Wigan Fire Brigade


Lancashire Past - Website

Link to the following articles, Parbold Windmill, Upholland St. Thomas Church, Upholland Priory and Mabs Cross.


Jobs in a Cotton Mill

Finch Family History - Book published in the 1870's covering the Finch, Peck and Brown famiies.


Heritage Buildings of Wigan

Over 100 heritage buildings added to the website, covering Ashton, Golborne, Lowton, Wigan, Standish, Haigh and Orrell.


30th July 2022

Pony Dick - A Lost Community between Winstanley and Wigan.

Presentation by Derek Winstanley to the Society


Punching above its Weight

Wigan's part in the Brass Band Movement.

A presentation by Wigan local History and Heritage Society member, Pete Moss.


Rylands Sidings View

Springfield Hall View

Wigan Election Riots of 1831. View

Westwood Hall. View

The Tale of William Tipping. View

Walker Bros & Pagefield Ironworks. View

History of the Parish of St. John's, Standishgate. View

Local History Research

A series of three do-it  yourself workshops View

The Clockmakers & Watchmakers of Wigan (1650-1850) View

Wigan Town Centre Trail. View

Standish of Standish - Genealogy - View

Bankes of Winstanley Hall - Genealogy. View

Wigan Buildings website - Search the website - View

Lots of new heritage buildings added....... 

15th May 2022

Home Town - Reflections of a Wigan Exile

Video Presentation by John Richardson


Video Presentation by John Gostellow

Cinemas of Wigan 


The Most Calamitous of Times -Wigan during the Civil War Period.

Video Presentation by Jim Meehan


Centenary of the Wigan Coat of Arms

by Derek Winstanley


From Wigan to Wirral by Tom Walsh


Tales from the Workhouse - The Story of Sarah Hartley 

by Graham Taylor


1st February 2022

History of the Royal Ordnance Factory - Beech Hill

by Graham Taylor

Read the Article

Thomas Skelton - The Fool of Haigh


The Rushton Brothers and their Building


Conversations of Pit Brow Lasses

Audio "memory" recordings produced in the 1970's by Angela v. John

 View & Listen

A Ramble Round the Wigan Paris Church

Jam-packed with information on the history of the Church


11th December 2021

Wigan Workhouse and the Poor Law Union

by Graham Taylor


Brief History & Casualty records of  the 2nd 5th Battalion of Manchester Regiment. 

by Graham Taylor

View the Article & List

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.

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A Letter from the Past

Letter from James Parkinson to his sons, on reaching 70years of age.

by Graham Taylor


Wigan - Town & Country Rambles

      by John T Hilton published 1914


7th November

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

Tom Walsh

     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.......

25th September

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

20th August

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

20th July

wiganbuildings website

Market Hotel

13th July

A lad from Scholes meets Queen Victoria by Tom Walsh

View the Article

3rd July

Interesting article by Graham Taylor on the "lost" railway station at Boars Head,

View the Article

29th June

History of Speckled Holly Cottage - Standish Wood Lane

by Graham Taylor

View the Article

17th June 

History of Timberlakes

"High Riders & Rolls Royces" - charting the history of the Timberlake family and the buildings the company occupied in the town centre.

View the Presentation

Swinley & the Wigan Land & Building Company

An article documenting the development of the Swinley area in the 1870's

View the Article

7th June

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)

View the List

31st May

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.

by Graham Taylor

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.


16th May 

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"


1811 Census

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.


Previous Updates 

We've added:-

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


Rugby Website

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.

Link to Website

wiganbuildings Website

Our sister website continues to grow with images, history and memories of over 800 buildings of interest across the borough of Wigan.

Link to Website

There is a search facility that you can search for an Area, Building Grade, or an individual building, by using the drop-down lists.

Link to Building Search

If you would like to recommend a new building of interest or have relevant information on an existing building, please contact:-

* The email will not be published on the website.