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 Photo-a-Day      (Tuesday, 11th January, 2011) Views: 3,634 
Wigan Parish Church
 Wigan Parish Church   by Jeff Haydock  (Nikon D40)
Taken a few days ago in the recent snowfall.

Comment by Helen on 11th January 2011 at 08:49
Lovely scene, beautiful church. Reminds me of a book I have that belonged to my mother..The White Cockade Passes...tells of the Jacobites marching through Wigan & a young, sick Jacobite who was hidden in the belfry of Wigan Parish Church & nursed by the Rector's daughter.....wonder if there really is a secret passage ?


Comment by Freda on 11th January 2011 at 09:10
Like you Helen, This view reminds me of the White Cockade Passes --- did you see that a copy of this book sold at a Wigan Bookshop for £300 recently?


Comment by Helen on 11th January 2011 at 10:10
Good Grief, best take care of it !!

Its good that someone else remembers the book Freda. I re-read it now & again, lovely story.


Comment by dave marsh on 11th January 2011 at 11:43
There's a fantastic display of gargoyles up there for those interested.Great photo,Jeff.


Comment by DotM on 11th January 2011 at 11:48
I enjoyed reading the White Cockade Passes many years ago, and have tried to find a copy at various times over the years bur failed. Surprised to see that it went for £300 recently. We did have a copy at home in Wigan, must have a look in our attic to see if its there!!


Comment by A Parr Aussie on 11th January 2011 at 11:50
Great shot of the parish church.With all that snow.


Comment by Freda on 11th January 2011 at 14:39
seeing is believing ---
for sale on the internet.

The White Cockade Passes
Kathleen Fidler author info
Book ID: 310410157846 - (stocked in United Kingdom)
Blue boards have some rubbing to extremities. Dust jacket although is in poor condition with several... more Price: AUD$901.05
Discounted By 15% To: AUD$765.89
Approx £580


Comment by Catherine Rosbottom on 11th January 2011 at 15:33
I actually have a copy of that book. It was my Dad's and he got it as a Sunday school prize years ago. It's a great story and I've often wondered about those passages and whether they exist.


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 11th January 2011 at 21:17
I dont know of "The white cockade" book ,But I remember a book at school written by Kathleen Fidler but can`t remember its title . Wasnt she a Wigan author ??


Comment by Ellen on 11th January 2011 at 23:03
I remember "The White Cockade passes" too; although I haven't read it since I was a teenager- far too long ago to say!!! I would love to read it again. Does anyone know the name of the Publisher, and when it was first published?


Comment by Helen on 12th January 2011 at 09:26
Kathleen Fidler was born at Coalville, Leicestershire but the family moved to Lancashire & she was educated at Wigan High School for Girls, She wrote a long list of children's books...The Brydons series. When she married she moved to Scotland & lived at Lasswade & Bonnyrigg ( near where my Granny came from )Kathleen died in 1980.


Comment by michael/melbourne on 14th January 2011 at 02:23
often wondered if there were passages, my auntie told me they when all the way to Haigh Hall


Comment by jimmy h on 14th January 2011 at 09:33
Hi Michael, Anybody that says there are passages to Haigh Hall From Wigan Parish church must be living in a world of their own, passsages that are around the town are old coal mine workings,


Comment by michael /melbourne on 16th January 2011 at 01:25
Hi Jimmy h, think my Auntie was away with the fairies with her story's, today they say your watching to much TV.My Aunties story's were in the 40s way before TV in Wigan.old coal mines ,spot on.


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