Discovered near Pyke Street, Whelley believed to date back to the Battle of Wigan Lane (1651).
Comment by Julie on 30th January 2012 at 00:10
Well that's different...
Comment by Mick on 30th January 2012 at 03:34
Remember they used to have something like this in a cabinet in Haigh Hall
Comment by Helen on 30th January 2012 at 08:35
I was going to say exactly the same Julie !
A very interesting find. Where will I find information about the Battle of Wigan lLane ?
Comment by Fred Mason on 30th January 2012 at 10:09
Nice one, David. Where you the one that found it?
Comment by Janice on 30th January 2012 at 11:11
Try wikipedia Helen - copy and paste the link below. Very interesting picture. That's what is interesting about Wigan. for a smallish town it has a great history.
Comment by Brian on 30th January 2012 at 11:18
There is a small booklet:-
The Battle of Wigan Lane
This is a reprint of chapter 3 from volume 2 of David Sinclaires "History of Wigan"
My copy says Smiths Books 1987.
Sorry no ISBN number.
Worth seeking out.Must have got my when it was the reai Smiths bookshop.
Comment by tricia on 30th January 2012 at 12:30
Helen I just googled 'English Civil War, Battle of Wigan Lane' and it brought lots of interesting stuff up.
Do you remember the monument on Wigan Lane?
Comment by incer71 on 30th January 2012 at 14:59
its a rifle isnt it?
Comment by Barry K on 30th January 2012 at 18:20
Hi Dave, Very intersting, Did you find the rifle whilst Metal detecting, Houses now built on some of Battle site,
Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 30th January 2012 at 22:02
Thats different from birds and water pictures rather have the others though. good bit of history to read up on.
Comment by firstname.lastname@example.org on 31st January 2012 at 09:20
It Isn't a rifle muskets are smooth bore.
No Fred,a friend found it while having some building work done.
there was also the skeleton of a horse buried near it.
Comment by Bren on 31st January 2012 at 19:14
FACINATING !! was it somewhere near the school ?
Comment by p turner on 1st February 2012 at 23:46
Well i'll be blown thats amazing, very interesting. What do they plan to do with it? Would the horse have been a soldiers horse. Thankyou for the very interesting photo.
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