Wigan Coal & Iron Co.8 Comments
Photo: RON HUNT
Item #: 29305
Someone must have a story to tell about this photo.....
The question is -which Upton? by Chester or on the Wirral near Bidston?
My 3 times greatgrandad Thomas Smith came from Upton Nothamptonshire to Aspull in 1842 but this is not the Upton on the cart
Wigan Coal and Iron had a mine in Notts. It was Manton Colliery and quite a lot of Wiganners went to work there
Possibly Upton between Barnsley and Doncaster?
There was a colliery there.
As Fred says, Wigan Coal and Iron had mining and other business interests outside the Wigan area. Possibly they had some involvement.
Just found this bit of information on the Net.Relating to UPTON on the Wirral
'Adjacent to the station there was a coal and goods yard with a cattle pen. From 1 February 1965, the goods yard only handled coal, and closed on 28 April 1969.'
I think Ron Hunt as hit the nail on the head
Researched in the Wirral library gives further details of the Wigan Coal & Iron company. They had coal yards at some of the Liverpool stations and also on the Wirral. According to the 1927 Kelly Directory for Business, Upton was not listed but the next station down the line was (Storeton). The 1912 OS map for Upton shows a siding where coal and cattle were either offloaded or loaded. I think this photograph was taken around 1900-1902 period not far from Upton Village as a similar photo is displayed on the "oldwirral.net" webpage of a carters wagon which is similar.Upton Railway Station was opened in 1896 and by 1905 was part of the Great Central Railway route.Which way would the coal trains have taken from the Wigan Collieries to serve the Wirral staions?