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Local Chronology, 1890.
1890.
Jan. 1. -  Bazaar at the Wigan Wesleyan Chapel. - The first sod of the new Church of St. Mark, Newtown, cut by Mr. Meyrick Bankes. - Fancy fair at St. Mary's, Wigan. - Independent Methodist Bazaar at Pemberton.
Jan. 2. -  Opening celebration in connection with Barley Brook Foundry. - Wigan Presbyterian Church Bazaar. - Two boys drowned in the canal at Appley Bridge.
Jan. 4. -  Laying the corner-stone of the new viaduct for the extension of the Wigan Junctions Railway into Wigan; visit of the directors of the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Railway.
Jan. 7. -  Death of Mr. S. Dunsford, chemist, Market-place, Wigan, aged 47 years.
Jan. 8. -  Caledonian Ball. - Town Council Meeting; the question of compensation to owners of insanitary houses dealt with. - Wigan Quarter Sessions; eight prisoners.
Jan. 9. -  Reception and dance by the Mayor and Mayoress.
Jan. 10. -  Children's dance, given in the Drill Hall, by the Mayor.
Jan. 15. -  Death of Dr. John Macloghlin, for many years house surgeon to the Wigan Dispensary. - Death of Mr. Joseph Wilson, postmaster of Wigan, aged 51 years.
Jan. 21. -  Meeting of the Lancashire Congregational Union in Wigan.
Jan. 22. -  Wigan Conservative Club Ball.
Jan. 24. -  Death at Altrincham, in his 78th year, of Mr. Henry Bleckley, Managing Director of the Pearson and Knowle's Coal and Iron Co., Ltd.
Jan. 27. -  Public Discussion between Mr. S. Woods and Sir F. Milner on the Eight Hours Question.
Jan. 29. -  Dance given by the Mayor to the Shop Assistants.
Jan. 30. -  Annual Meeting of the Wigan Temperance and Rescue Mission. - Makerfield Ploughing Match.
Feb. 1. -  Opening Meeting in connection with the Establishment of a Mining School for Haydock.
Feb. 3. -  Sudden Death at Southport of Mr. Ralph Darlington, Town Clerk of Wigan, aged 66 years.
Feb. 4. -  Death of the Rev. James Cronshaw, Vicar of St. Thomas's, Wigan, aged 62 years. - Monthly Meeting of the Wigan Town Council.
Feb. 5. -  First Infirmary Ball.
Feb. 6. -  Colliery Explosion at the Llanerch Pit, Monmouthshire, 176 killed.
Feb. 10. -  Public Meeting in Wigan of Railway Servants to Ventilate their Grievances. - Meeting at Standish to Establish a Weaving Shed in the Township. - Presentation of a Horse Ambulance to the Wigan Infirmary by Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Peck.
Feb. 12. -  Wigan Liberal Club Ball. - Town Council Meeting - discussions as to the New Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Station, the Gas Investigation Committee, and the Condition of the Streets.
Feb. 15. -  Council Meeting in Wigan of the Lancashire and Cheshire Division of the National Union of Conservative Associations.
Feb. 17. -  Deputation of Miners to the Home Secretary and Mr. Gladstone on the Eight Hours Bill.
Feb. 20. -  Death of Mr. John Makinson, of Upholland, auctioneer.
Feb. 21. -  Unanimous appointment of Mr. Arthur Smith, B.A., Town Clerk of Wigan. - Half-yearly Meeting of the Wigan Tramways Company.
Feb. 23. -  The Rev. R. Tebbs reads himself in as the new Vicar of St. Thomas's Parish, Wigan.
Feb. 27. -  Formation in Wigan of a Branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Mar. 5. -  Town Council Meeting; the new Railway Station and the cost of the new Sanatorium under review.
Mar. 9. -  The dead body of Hannah Lydia Birchall, 8 years old, found at the bottom of an old pit shaft at Ince.
Mar. 10. -  Explosion at Morfa Colliery, South Wales, 87 lives lost. - Contest avoided for Election of Wigan School Board. - Conference and Meeting in Wigan in connection with the United Kingdom Alliance.
Mar. 12. -  Evidence given by Mr. J. Pickering and Mr. A. Hewlett before the Railway Rates Inquiry as to the Lancashire Coal Trade.
Mar. 14. -  In consequence of the colliery masters refusing to grant the men's terms, general strike in the coal trade resolved upon at a National Conference of Miners' Delegates in London. - Death of Mr. George Vaughan, aged 71 years, for some years Town Councillor for Scholes Ward.
Mar. 15. -  Stoppage of work in the Lancashire Coal Trade.
Mar. 17. -  Wigan County Borough Sessions; 17 prisoners.
Mar. 20. -  Close of the Coroner's Inquest into the Ince Murder Case; verdict of murder returned against William Dickinson, the step-father of the child. - Settlement of the dispute in the coal trade at a general conference in London. Work afterwards resumed. - Death of Mr. Edward Brookes, of Standish, aged 81 years.
Mar. 25. -  Hearing of the action at Leeds, brought by the Salford Corporation against Mr. Ellis Lever.
Mar. 26. -  Last Sitting of Mr. W. W. Ffoulkes as judge of the Wigan County Court.
Mar. 28. -  Mr. F. T. Webb, Chief-constable of Wigan, appointed Chief-constable of Leeds.
Mar. 31. -  Disappearance of two girls, named Selina Humphreys and Jane Holland, from their homes in Ince; the dead bodies afterwards found in the canal.
April 1. -  First Meeting of the New Wigan School Board.
April 2. -  Town Council Meeting: The Salaries Question discussed, and the launching of the scheme for the conversion of the Corporation Stock announced. - Close of the Magisterial proceedings in the Ince Murder Case; Dickinson and his wife both committed for trial.
April 7. -  Death of Mr. Henry Bridge, landlord of the Raven Hotel, Wallgate, aged 42 years.
April 8. -  Opening of New Offices for the Billinge Local Board.
April 10. -  Appointment of Captain A. Bell, as Chief-constable of Wigan.
April 11. -  Polling for a Churchwarden at Pemberton; Election of Mr. James Pickering.
April 12. -  Annual Meeting Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society. - Consecration of the New Wigan Masonic Lodge, No. 2326.
April 14. -  Stormy Vestry Meeting at Pemberton on the Surplice Question.
April 15. -  Conservative Demonstration at Pemberton. - Mayoral Hospitality to the Police Force; Presentation to the late Chief-constable.
April 18. -  End of the Strike at Messrs. Stones' Colliery.
April 24. -  Bazaar in aid of a New Primitive Methodist Chapel at Douglas Bank.
April 26. -  Laying of the Foundation Stone of St. Mark's Church, Newtown, by Mrs. Bankes.
April 29. -  Public Inquiry by a Local Government Board Commissioner into the New Re-distribution Scheme for the Borough of Wigan. - Death at her London residence of Miss Catherine Woods, in her 81st year, sister of the late Mr. Henry Woods, for many years one of the Borough Representatives in Parliament. - Government Inspection of St. Thomas's Church Burial Ground, Ashton.
April 30. -  Last Meeting of Members of the Wigan Mechanics' Institution.
May 2. -  Selection of Mr. Samuel Woods, by the Miners' Federation, as Labour Candidate for the Ince division at the next Parliamentary Election.
May 3. -  Opening of the New May Mill, Pemberton.
May 5. -  Annual meeting of Subscribers to the Wigan Infirmary.
May 7. -  Fire at Abram Colliery; Engine-house destroyed. - Town Council Meeting: Discussion as to the New Re-distribution Scheme, and a Reduction in the General District Rate announced.
May 10. -  Marsh Brook Cotton Mill, Hindley, destroyed by fire.
May 17. -  Close of the trial at the Assizes as to the Ince Murder Case: Dickinson acquitted, and the indictment against his wife withdrawn.
May 19. -  Special Town Council Meeting as to the Conversion Scheme and Insanitary Property.
May 21. -  Meeting of the Wigan Shop Assistants; an earlier hour of closing on the weekly half-holiday adopted.
May 24. -  Encampment of the Wigan Volunteers at Deganwy.
May 26. -  Infirmary Gala in the Mesnes Park.
May 30. -  Review of the Lancashire Hussars at Southport.
June 1. -  Opening of New Chancel and Altar at St. Mary's Chapel, Wigan.
June 4. -  Andrew Coutts, Provision Merchant's Assistant, drowned whilst bathing in the Wigan Corporation Baths. - Town Council Meeting.
June 7. -  Demonstration in Wigan by Lancashire Fire Brigades.
June 10. -  Meetings in Wigan as to the proposals granting Compensation to Publicans.
June 12. -  Hearing of the Libel Action by the Headmaster of the Wigan Grammar School; Defendant committed for trial. - Opening by Mr. S. Woods of his Electoral Campaign in the Ince Division.
June 17. -  Presentation of an undress badge to the Mayor of Wigan (Mr. Alderman James Smith).
June 19. -  Garden Party given by the Mayor in Mesnes Park.
June 21. -  Great Miners' Demonstration at Southport. - Visit of the Bishop of Salford to Aspull.
June 24. -  Shock of Earthquake in Wigan.
July 1. -  Death of Mr. W. Crawford, M.P., Miners' Agent.
July 2. -  Town Council Meeting: The Pollution of the Douglas and the Insanitary Houses Question discussed.
July 4. -  Death of Mrs. R. T. Morris, of Rock House, Upholland, aged 63.
July 7. -  Mr. Henry Granger Foster, of Rainford, shot by John Duckworth Pickavance and his wife Mary Jane Pickavance, as he was walking from his home to the station.
July 9. -  Local Government Inquiry as to the proposed alterations at the Free Library.
July 10. -  Meeting of Parishioners and Ratepayers at Ashton as to the Burials Question.
July 12. -  Laying of Memorial Stones of the new Primitive Methodist Chapel at Douglas Bank.
July 14. -  Wigan Borough Sessions; nine prisoners; hearing of the case against Hibbert and Sherrington for defrauding the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company.
July 18. -  Discussion at the Wigan Board of Guardians as to the Rating of Public-houses in the Wigan Union.
July 23. -  Consecration of the New Burial Ground at Pemberton. - Meeting to form a Trades Council for Wigan and district.
July 24. -  Meeting of Ratepayers at Pemberton on the Gas Question.
July 25. -  Conference at the Mansion House, London, of authorities interested in Miners' Permanent Relief Societies. - Important Sale of Public-house Property in Wigan. - Mr. Joseph Dean, farmer, of Upholland, killed on the railway at Pimbo Lane.
July 26. -  Hearing at the Liverpool Assizes of the local Breach of Promise Case, Heron v. Mort.
July 31. -  Mr. J. Moon, of Manchester, declines the invitation of the Liberal Executive to contest the borough.
Aug. 1. -  Pickavance and his wife tried at the Liverpool Assizes for the murder of Mr. Forster at Rainford, and found not guilty.
Aug. 6. -  Town Council Meeting: Grant to the Borough Treasurer; Hearing of Appeals by Owners of Insanitary Property.
Aug. 7. -  Eric Granger pleads guilty at the Liverpool Assizes to libelling Mr. Ohm, and is released on his own recognisances.
Aug. 9. -  Primrose Demonstration in Garswood Park. - Imposing Roman Catholic Demonstration in Wigan.
Aug. 13. -  Re-opening of the Organ at St. Michael's Church.
Aug. 18. -  Outrage at Pemberton Parish Church; Choir Surplices torn and stolen.
Aug. 23. -  Interesting proceedings in celebration of the completion of the Sunlight Soap Works.
Aug. 25. -  Visit of the Water Committee to the reservoirs to inspect the recent improvements.
Aug. 27. -  Wigan Borough Brewster Sessions.
Aug. 28. -  Wigan County Brewster Sessions.
Aug. 30. -  Death of Mr. James Parker, Scarisbrick-street, aged 49 years.
Sept. 3. -  Town Council Meeting: Hearing of further appeals as to insanitary houses.
Sept. 4. -  Inquest on the body of a child supposed to have died from neglect; the mother (Mary Duggan) committed for manslaughter.
Sept. 5. -  Annual Meeting in Wigan of the National Association of Colliery Managers; Mr. William Rogers elected president.
Sept. 6. -  Visit of Colliery Managers to the Ship Canal Works, Eastham. - Demonstration by Cyclists in Wigan.
Sept. 12. -  Appointment of Mr. Thomas Bolton as Assistant Overseer for Wigan in place of his father, resigned.
Sept. 16. -  Application for a Licence for the Theatre Royal refused by the Wigan Watch Committee.
Sept. 17. -  Opening of the New Organ at Hope Chapel, Wigan.
Sept. 24. -  Opening of the New Children's Wing at the Wigan Infirmary, the gift of Mr. J. H. Johnson, of the Abram Coal Company.
Sept. 25. -  Formation of a Wigan Philharmonic Society.
Oct. 1. -  Mr. Alderman Smith declines the office of Mayor for a second year. - Town Council Meeting; the dealing with insanitary property postponed, owing to the change in the law; the purity of the water supply called in question.
Oct. 4. -  Conference of School Managers and Teachers; address by Mr. S. T. Brewer,
Oct. 5. -  Sudden death, at Leigh, of Mr. Superintendent Weir, formerly of the Wigan County Petty Sessional Division.
Oct. 11. -  Distribution of Mining School Prizes at Haydock.
Oct. 14. -  Death at Haslingden, in his 45th year, of Mr. Peter Johnson, bank manager, formerly of Ince.
Oct. 15. -  Dog, Poultry, and Pigeon Show in the Wigan Drill Hall. - Church Bazaar at Newtown. - Resolution passed by Wigan Town Council to confer the freedom of the borough on the retiring Mayor.
Oct. 16. -  Government prosecution of Mr. Herbert Fletcher, of Ladyshore Collieries, for using naked lights in his mines.
Oct. 18. -  A boy named Thomas McDermot killed by a stray shot from a shooting gallery at Stubshaw Cross.
Oct. 23. -  Wigan Borough Quarter Sessions; 11 prisoners.
Oct. 24. -  A proposal to superannuate the retiring Assistant Overseer, Mr. John Bolton, defeated at the meeting of the Wigan Board of Guardians.
Oct. 29. -  Distribution of Prizes at the Wigan Mining and Mechanical School.
Oct. 30. -  Opening of the New Council Chamber, and presentation of a clock to the town by the Mayor; Council Meeting and Mayoral Banquet. - Death of Mr. James Atherton, of Blackledge House, Upholland, in his 81st year.
Nov. 1. -  First Municipal Elections under the new Re-distribution Scheme; gain of one seat to the Liberals.
Nov. 3. -  Conservative Meeting in the Drill Hall; visit of Sir John Gorst, Q.C., M.P.
Nov. 5. -  Presentation to the President of the Wigan Subscription Bowling Green.
Nov. 8. -  Laying of the Foundation Stone of New Schools for St. Mary's Church, Wigan. - Severe Storm in Wigan.
Nov. 10. -  Annual Town Council Meeting: Election of Mr. Wm. Woods as Mayor; stormy proceedings as to the appointment of Committees. - Dinner by the Mayor to the members of the Corporation and the Library Authority.
Nov. 12. -  Death, at Longhurst, Haigh, of Mr. Wm. Rogers, J.P., mining engineer, ex-Mayor of Wigan, and President of the National Association of Colliery Managers in his 44th year.
Nov. 13. -  Accident at Golborne Gas Works; two lives lost.
Nov. 15. -  Presentation of prizes to Pupil Teachers in the Wigan district. - Sale of Work at Haigh.
Nov. 16. -  Death, at his residence, 22, Scarisbrick-street, Southport, of Mr. Alderman Henry Park, J.P., iron merchant, Mayor of Wigan from Nov. 1882, to Nov., 1887, aged 63 years.
Nov. 17. -  Colonel Blundell at Goose Green.
Nov. 18. -  Death of Mr. George B. Masters, auctioneer, aged 45 years.
Nov. 19. -  Visit of the North Staffordshire Institute of Engineers to Abram Collieries. - Meeting of Pemberton Ratepayers to discuss the Ward Question.
Nov. 20. -  Deputation of Solicitors to the Watch Committee objecting to the appointment of Public Prosecutor for Wigan.
Nov. 22. -  Fire at Standish Bleach Works.
Nov. 24. -  Attempted murder of Mr. William Campbell, hairdresser, Rodney-street, by Joseph Turner, aged 19, a former assistant.
Nov. 25. -  Meeting to establish a Weaver's Union in Wigan.
Nov. 26. -  Mayoral Banquet to Borough Magistrates and Ex-town Councillors. - Bazaar at Hope-street Schools. - Wigan Wesleyans resolve to erect a Mission Hall in School Lane.
Nov. 27. -  Special Town Council Meeting: Election of Mr. Robert Richards as Alderman in the room of the late Mr. Park.
Nov. 28. -  Death, at his residence, Bradford House, Bolton, of Mr. Edward Cross, aged 56 years, County Councillor for the Westhoughton Division.
Dec. 1. -  Presentation to the Rev. Geo. Fox, by the Park Lane Co-operative Society.
Dec. 3. -  Town Council Meeting: The purchase of a larger fire engine confirmed, and the Town Clerk appointed prosecuting solicitor.
Dec. 4. -  Local Government Inquiry at Standish.
Dec. 6. -  Deputation of Colliery Managers to the Home Secretary.
Dec. 8. -  Treat by the Mayor to Corporation Workmen. - Presentation to Mr. W. Gouldsworth, Surveyor to Ashton Local Board, on his retirement.
Dec. 9. -  Hospital Sunday and Saturday Meeting.
Dec. 10. -  Primitive Methodist Bazaar at Pemberton.
Dec. 12. -  Death, at his residence, Wigan, of Mr. Herman Walmesley, aged 74 years.
Dec. 15. -  Performance of the Messiah by the new Philharmonic Society.
Dec. 17. -  Volunteer Prize Distribution in the Drill Hall. - Turner tried and sentenced to ten years' penal servitude for the attempted murder of Campbell.
Dec. 18. -  Death, at Sutton, Surrey, of the Rev. T. Marsden, aged 80 years, formerly curate at Standish. - Election in Lindsay Ward. - The announcement made at the Liverpool Assizes of the settlement of the action re the Tipping estates.
Dec. 22. -  Bazaar at the Wigan High School.
Dec. 24. -  Licence granted to the Theatre Royal by the Wigan Watch Committee.


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