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Wilgoose Lane, Wigan

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Wilgoose Lane, Wigan, c1958.
Wilgoose Lane, Wigan, c1958.
Photo: Paul Green
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Bert Sharrock, Wilgoose Lane, Wigan, c1958.

Comment by: JOY on 30th July 2007 at 19:53

I HAD ANCESTORS NAMED WILLGOOSE FROM ASPULL{I THINK} NOT A COMMON NAME DO YOU THINK THERES ANY CONNECTION TO WILLGOOSE LANE DOES ANYONE KNOW?.

Comment by: Steven Buckley on 23rd November 2008 at 14:51

Nt sure where this is. Was it just off Wallgate?

Comment by: antar on 9th April 2009 at 18:16

hi steven , i would imagine that bus has just come up wallgate and is just about to go under bridge leading into wigan nr train stations . im in wiqan tomorrow and i think ill take a look see whats still there an take a few pics .

Comment by: joe thomas on 13th June 2009 at 14:04

willgoose lane wasright next to wallgate bridge until recently there was a plate on the wall to the right of the picture with willgoose lane on it wonder were it went

Comment by: Brenda on 6th May 2010 at 16:23

This is wilgoose lane,it was locally known as the ropewalk.I grew up in wallgate down swan street and went to St.Joseph's school in the 1960's

Comment by: Albert Eckersley on 20th May 2010 at 14:15

Yes Willgoose Lane was the Passageway that ran at the back of Great George Street into Wallgate came out at the Railway Bridge which carried the Trains from London to Scotland,Yes it was commonly known as the Ropewalk Because in the 1930s A rope Manufacture was based in the Building at the Bottom of Willgoose Lane and when a order for long Ropes came in the job of two men was to measure the lenghts required and the ropes where laid out sometimes stretching a fair way up the passageway then one man would walk the length get the measurement required then roll up same and that was delivered to the customer,Hence the nickname ropewalk.The firm closed down and later became Hewitts who made suitcases and leather goods

Comment by: Tony Kearns on 5th August 2010 at 18:33

Used Willgoose Lane regularly in the 1940's, to get to the A.B.C.minors on a Sat. morning, from my home in York St. East. If you view the section, pubs in Wigan in the 1840's,on Wigan World, it mentions a pub in Wallgate named The Bears Paw, and the landlords' name was William Willgoose. Coincidence, or was it named after him? Re the nameplate, this was in situe up to 2or 3 years ago, and was removed, the same time that the lane was blocked off by the company who presently occupy the building, namely, Tudor Heating.

Comment by: Albert Eckersley on 12th August 2010 at 16:15

BEARS PAW I remember the pub being in Chapel Lane I did not know one was in Wallgate.I at one time in the 50s had a garage in the ropewalk.

Comment by: Duncan on 2nd April 2011 at 11:10

I remember reading that a family called Wilgoose owned land in the area sometime way back in the 1800s.

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