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Wigan Wallgate 1902
Photo: Keith
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Item #: 30955
Taken from a film shown on the internet. I've "stitched" together three separate images to try and make a single panoramic view of Wallgate in 1902, so please excuse the odd lines here and there. I've also added a few labels, hope I've got them right, if not I'm sure someone will let me know.

Comment by: John on 15th February 2019 at 08:27

Brilliant photo Keith.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th February 2019 at 11:31

My beloved're very clever's a brilliant shot

Comment by: Mick on 15th February 2019 at 11:32

Nice work Keith.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th February 2019 at 13:00

So many people about - if only it was like that now! What would those people think of the Internet - they would be bewildered - in e way that some 'oldies' are now sad to say! You are obviously attuned to it all Keith!

Comment by: Tom on 15th February 2019 at 15:09

If you get chance watch watch the film it's really good .

Comment by: Tom on 15th February 2019 at 15:20

1902 wigan wallgate you tube

Comment by: Keith on 15th February 2019 at 16:00

Thank you all for your very nice comments. The thing that I noticed, and others commented on, was the number of people around but also how well dressed everybody is. The steam train in the distance, as the film continued, came all the way down to the Clarence and if anything there were even more numbers of people around, including one gentleman who hopped on to it as it was moving.

Comment by: Keith on 15th February 2019 at 16:02

Ooops, I meant steam tram not train.

Comment by: jack on 16th February 2019 at 12:02

Keith.I've read that in those days there were a lot of big families living in small houses. Except for eating and sleeping, a lot of time was spent out of the house.

Comment by: Keith on 17th February 2019 at 12:42

Thank you Jack, you raise an interesting point with regard to housing and although the report I quote from applied to the 19th century this photo was only a few years into the 20th. The full report is available online at
The report about 19th century housing conditions in Wigan and St Helens was written by a certain John T Jackson BA,. Ph.D. who commented “At the end of the nineteenth century Wigan and St Helens had the highest rates of overcrowding of all the large Lancastrian town and, particularly in Wigan's case, some of the country's worst housing conditions.
By 1801 Wigan had emerged from a period of economic stagnation to become a bustling cotton and linen manufacturing town of 11,000 people. Approximately 60 per cent of all family heads were involved in textile manufacture, 40 per cent as hand- loom weavers. Only 7 per cent were now occupied in traditional metal-working trades with a further 7 per cent in coal mining, an industry soon to expand.This economic resurgence produced a house building boom
Jackson gives a few housing examples……
In Scholes there was Greenough's Row, 37 houses owned by Peter Greenough, a cotton and linen manufacturer of Standishgate; in Hallgate there was Birch's Croft, 20 houses belonging to Thomas Birch, a bleacher, of Gidlow House, and Johnson's Croft, another 20 houses owned by William Johnson, a cotton manu- facturer of Wigan Lane.
He provides a photo of Victoria Street, Wallgate, “Built in the cotton factory boom of the late 1830’s, these houses were soon occupied by Irish immigrants, two families per house being common” Your point exactly Jack
For anyone interested in the social conditions of the time in Wigan and St Helens, the report is an interesting read.

Comment by: jack on 17th February 2019 at 14:15

A piece of interesting local history. Thanks Keith.

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