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Wrong name!!!!!!!
Wrong name!!!!!!!
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 34842
All the people born or living in Whelley. For the last 240 years you haven't been born/ living in Whelley..... It's WHIRLEY according to the 1786 Yates Map

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 3rd February 2024 at 15:45

People tended to write names as they heard them back then! And in people's own handwriting rather than typed letters, so I imagine a lot of named got changed along the way! And a lot of the "s's" were f's as in "Weftwood" just to the left of "Old Hall" towards the bottom left of the map.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 4th February 2024 at 10:56

Ron, could it be that after the Battle of Waterloo it was renamed after the Duke of Whelleyton?

Comment by: Veronica on 4th February 2024 at 13:46

I notice Scholes isn't mentioned. I can see it’s there though. Yet West Houghton is ….perhaps there wasn’t many buildings at that time in Scholes.

Comment by: Peter Walsh on 5th February 2024 at 08:42

Ron. another map , 1828 says Whalley so getting nearer.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 5th February 2024 at 14:11

Veronica, looking at a map of 1828 which Peter mentions Scholes looks as populated perhaps more so than Wigan, the only route to it was via Millgate as Powell Street and Greenough Street had yet to be invented.
Its also a long time since I heard that part of Ince referred to as Smithy Green. It must have passed out of common usage like Dumbarton Green at the bottom of Beech Hill Lane.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 8th February 2024 at 13:14

I wonder if Bark Hill further up than 'Whirley' is where The Colliers Arms is?

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