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Wigan 1902
Wigan 1902
Photo: Keith
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Item #: 34740
A 1902 short silent documentary film directed by James Kenyon and Sagar Mitchell, showing street life and a steam tram in Wigan town centre in August 1902, from which I have taken this still and slightly enhanced it. The film, which premiered in Wigan Town Hall before the Coronation celebrations of King Edward VII in 1902.

Comment by: Cyril on 15th November 2023 at 14:37

Great colourisation Keith, it's a cracking program you've got.
I can see one young girl with her basket and possibly another girl next to the policeman on the right, or is he a conductor with that hat? but strangely no other females?

Comment by: Jack on 15th November 2023 at 15:59

Great photo Keith. A big difference in that location today, after alterations by the council. Sad to think some of the young lads would have ended up in WW1.

Comment by: Pw on 15th November 2023 at 16:40

Very good Keith.

Comment by: Gareth Cheetham on 15th November 2023 at 17:49

Is this Market Place, looking back towards Station Road ?

Comment by: Ray on 15th November 2023 at 19:30

Yes Gareth, I am fairly certain it is Market Place, Station Road at the rear.
The sign showing Lace & Co was a bakery and confectionery shop. Ray

Comment by: Jack on 15th November 2023 at 19:35

It is Gareth. Google Living Wigan 1902 for a short film.

Comment by: Keith on 15th November 2023 at 20:47

Thank you for those comments, I should have mentioned that the film from 1902 has recently been coloured (presumably using software similar to the one I have access to). All I have done is to capture certain stills from it and tried to enhance a little, mainly by giving them more depth. Gareth I think your assumption is correct.

Comment by: Keith on 15th November 2023 at 21:05

I think I should add more information so that anyone can access this old film on Wigan. It’s under the umbrella of “Living History AI Enhanced”
The title is “Living Wigan, 1902. AI Enhanced. Colour Added. Sound Added. Updcaled sp. (Upscaled) To HD” so in this case someone else, i.e. Artificial Intelligence, has done the work, I’ve merely captured a few still images and tried to improve slightly. The film lasts 2mins 51 secs.
The link to watch it on your computer is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27_7qTAIGCM

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 16th November 2023 at 07:31

What a wonderful scene Keith, I noticed the lack of women to Cyril. I would love to see the film.

Comment by: Cyril on 16th November 2023 at 11:00

Helen of Troy, it could quite possibly be that the women who were around the town centre at the time would have busy shopping or other chores, and would anyway have kept a distance away from what they may well have seen as a coarse rabble of men, and also as to how women were restricted by their social expectations and the norms of that time.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 16th November 2023 at 11:14

Keith, many thanks for the link, totally engrossing. All those people who may very well be our ancestors now long gone, makes you think.
I found something similar on the BFI (British Film Institute) site a few years back which had a few more films but cannot seem to find it now.
Thanks again.

Comment by: Mlke on 16th November 2023 at 11:24

Lace & Co was a hardware and iron monger store : Lace confectioners was on Standishgate.

Comment by: Ray on 16th November 2023 at 15:54

Thank you Mike, I expect the Lace family owned both shops, because
it is a very unusual surname. Cheers, Ray.

Comment by: Keith on 16th November 2023 at 21:59

I take your point about a ‘lack of women’, it wasn’t the age of today's white goods that have, to some extent, ‘unshackled’ our fair sex from the arduous work of the house. However, this is the beginning of the film which as it continues does show a few more ladies, a number of whom are wearing shawls. Larger families those days, I would have thought, could also contribute to the under representation of women here. I will post an example where a few more ladies are shown.

Comment by: Derek B on 17th November 2023 at 11:43

Lace & Co. Ironmongers shop was still on the site in this picture into the 1950s/60s.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 2nd December 2023 at 07:59

People seem much smarter and better dressed in 1902 than the do around Wigan today!

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