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Melbourne Street, Wigan


Adelaide Street 1907 map
Photo: Carol Farmer (nee Greenall)
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Item #: 22895
The street is on the join of 2 sheets, so they have been pieced them together digitally.

Comment by: Loz on 12th March 2013 at 10:31

Is it me, or does the map not show Melbourne Street?

Comment by: Betty on 12th March 2013 at 13:10

On a street map of 1938 Adelaide st was renamed and called Melbourne St.

Comment by: ann21 on 12th March 2013 at 15:18

Does anyone know why they would change the name ?

Comment by: cindy on 12th March 2013 at 16:01

Where is this please.

Comment by: carol on 12th March 2013 at 16:22

The tramline at the top of the map is running in the direction of Wallgate bridge towards wigan North western. The top of Adelaide Street is now where 'Go Outdoors' is. Caroline Street can be seen to the right of Adelaide St. St. Joseph's is the RC church.

Comment by: Loz on 12th March 2013 at 17:36

Thanks Betty, I wondered about that. Both Aussie cities.

Comment by: Mick on 12th March 2013 at 19:05

Probably named after Queen Adelaide, the wife of William the Fourth, who Queen Victoria succeeded.
Lord Melbourne was Victoria's first Prime Minister.
The Australian cities were also named after these two people.

Comment by: ann21 on 12th March 2013 at 21:44

I know they were all Australian names but why would you ever change the name of a street and when was it changed.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 12th March 2013 at 22:47

I haven't got an answer ann21 but there has been some discussion at

Also you can see references to Melbourne St. and Adelaide St. on the same document at

Comment by: Mick on 12th March 2013 at 23:35

Adelaide St was there in 1845, when the 6 inch OS Map was surveyed, as were Victoria Street, Caroline Street, Queen St and Princess St. Victoria was the reigning monarch, Caroline was the Queen of George the Fourth, and Adelaide the widow of William the Fourth.
Looks like either the council or the builders were going through a patriotic phase, when it came to naming them.

Comment by: Thomas Wood on 10th May 2014 at 21:09

My dad Thomas Wood lived in Melbourne st with his brothers James, john and sister Doris did anyone know them and who else lived there round the time they did regards Tom

Comment by: Stephen Melling on 18th August 2019 at 16:36

Does anyone remember thomas and irene mcsorley lived in Melbourne st 1958 any information would be nice

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