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Worsley Mesnes Ironworks   Views: 1436
Winding Engine.   Comments: 12
Photo: Keith Beckett   Item #: 29601  
Winding Engine.
  A good example of the quality of engineering work produced by Worsley Mesnes Ironworks.  

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Comments by Albert., 30th July 2017  
Such powerful giants of engineering skill. Why did such engineering works go into decline. When did it close, forties/fifties?. I cannot remember it. Is the engine at Trechefield Mill still open to public display. Wonderful to see in operation.

Comments by AB, 30th July 2017  
I visited Worsley Mesnes Worka in the seventies they had moved on into fabrication Work then' I was very impressed by a VERY large lathe still there, which had been specially made to machine Pithead winding wheels

Comments by Albert., 30th July 2017  
A.B. Where was this engineering works situated in Worsley Mesnes. What is the significance of MESNES, in relation to Wigan. e.g. Mesnes Park?.

Comments by AB, 30th July 2017  
Albert I vaguely recall going past Poolstock Church towards marus bridge and going under s railway bridge and the works being on the right adjacent or near to the bridge

Comments by Philip Gormley., 30th July 2017  
AB: If you go into Old Gallery>Industry, you'll see a photo that includes three stacked winding wheels, and one in position (top-left) ready for machining. Hope this may be of further interest to you.

Comments by John D, 31st July 2017  
Albert, the word "Mesnes" is a shortened version of the word Desmesne and is of French origin. It refers to land retained by the lord of a manor, in this case, the manor of Worsley Hall, now a housing estate. Mesnes Park, Mesnes Road and Mesnes Street were named after land retained by the Rector of Wigan. Mesnes Park in Newton-le-Willows follows the same pattern.

Comments by Chris Southworth, 31st July 2017  
That isn't a photo taken at Worsley Mesnes Ironworks. It is a photo of the drum of a pit winding engine somewhere. The inscription is just stating where the drum was manufactured. The pit could have been anywhere in the country because Worsley Mesnes was well respected all over Britain for the quality of it's work.

Comments by Alan H, 31st July 2017  
Albert, it is derived from the French word, Demesne, land attached to a manor.

Comments by Philip Gormley., 31st July 2017  
Albert: As far as searching old maps goes, I haven't been able to find the name of the street that led to the Ironwork's entrance, but after considering the top-end of Richmond Street, shown on a modern map, I surmise that this was the location of the Ironworks. After all, it's been fifty years since I strode its cobbles. Regards.

Comments by Albert., 31st July 2017  
Thank you all for your detailed explanations, and thank you John. D. for explaining in detail the name Mesnes.

Comments by Keith Beckett, 31st July 2017  
Mellings was accessed from Richmond Street that was accessed from the service road to Worsley Mesnes pit. The pit road is now Worsley Mesnes Drive.
Back to back with Richmond Street was Carlton Avenue. Ernie Woodcock had a garage down there for his lorries.

Comments by AH, 31st July 2017  
worsley mesnes iron works [mellings foundry] was off poolstock lane opposite mottram drive I think a care home stands on or near the site today:worsley mesnes colliery was also in this area

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