Wigan Wallgate Station11 Comments
Photo: David Brown
Item #: 31171
Interesting map. It shows that the old station was situated quite a bit further from Wallgate than the present station
David - this map is earlier than 1897. King St West and Crawford St don't appear on it, but they do appear on a map I have of this area, which was surveyed in 1890.
I think the handwritten note in the bottom left hand corner of your map, actually states it was engraved in 1848, which was the year this line opened.
This map actually shows the second position of wallgate station. The original site was on the other side of Wallgate , The station approach can be seen on the map , and the entrance and large stone gate posts are still in place to this day, though now providing access to a car park. There is also what may possibly be some platform edging still visible from a passing train beyond where the signal box used to be
Yes, you're right, there's three dates on it. The first one says - Surveyed 1947, the second Engraved 1948 and another 1864. So I would agree it's more likely to be 1947/8.
just along king street west is a large stone wall walk down to crawford street and there,s a gap in the wall bricked up at a later date ,that was the original passenger entrance to wallgate station.
You're all wrong there Keith. This map is showing the original site of Wallgate Station. The later and present site is to the East or right of the original one, tight up to the west side of Wallgate.
Sorry Chris, that’s not correct, this map shows the second location of wallgate station, as stated previously, the original was on the opposite side of wallgate to where it is now. The current location is actually it’s 3rd site. Hope this clarifies? Keith
Keith is correct. The O.S. map surveyed 1845-46 shows the station on the east side of Wallgate and south of King Street. That was the original station. The one shown on the map above is the SECOND station and the present day station is the THIRD one.
Sorry Keith. My mistake. Not looking back far enough. I've looked at the 1845 map and it does show what appears to be a platform and some form of a shelter where you say. There is no annotation saying Station but obviously it is there, while the 2nd site is occupied by an engine shed.
the first site would today be classified as a halt with no facilities whatsoever.
Think it was worse than that baker, if this contemporary report is to be believed!:
“The first LYR station does not appear to have been well regarded; the Ormskirk Advertiser newspaper described it as a ‘hovel’. On 26 May 1860 the LYR opened a new station at Wigan. It was located further west than the original on the north side of Wallgate.”
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