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Photo: Keith Bowen
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Item #: 12573
The map shows where in Wigan the bombs fell in the 1918 Zeppelin raid. A cluster either side of Darlington Road East, around Harper Street and Clarington Grove and some around the top of Birkett Bank. The other cluster was nearer the target of Top Lock, they landed at New Springs near to The Crown on Wigan Road. Seventeen bombs fell and five people were killed. Full details are published in "Zeppelins over Lancashire" by Peter C Smith.

Comment by: John on 22nd November 2009 at 13:53

Very interesting Keith. I never realised that so many bombs fell on Wigan. I once heard that a bomb fell in Greenough St during the second world war, but I don't know if this is correct - maybe someone will enlighten me?

Comment by: Keith on 22nd November 2009 at 16:53

Hi John, yes I believe a bomb did fall on Wigan in the Second World War. My father certainly used to recall it. The bomb was dropped probably by a German bomber to lighten his load home after a raid on Manchester. It destroyed a Church (Methodist?) at the top of Greenhough Street, I don't think anyone was injured and the Church was re-built.

Comment by: winder on 22nd November 2009 at 18:27

Great map that, Keith.
My wife was born in Preston St and I can remember that part of the terraced row was missing, I can see why, now

Comment by: Keith on 23rd November 2009 at 12:33

My grandmother who lived in Harper Street at the time had a lifetime fear of thunder and lightning brought about by this bombing. Now I'm old enough to appreciate the problem and having seen the photo of the destruction around Harper Street I now understand, unlike when I was a callow youth, that having four exploding bombs drop around you without warning, while you as a teenager cowered under the kitchen table with the rest of your family as the house windows were being blasted out, would leave its scar. Lucky to have escaped with her life but not untouched by the horror.

Comment by: rye on 30th November 2009 at 00:50

my great grandma saw the zepplin over aspull, i wonder what would have happend had they hit the gasworks with the first 1

Comment by: Catherine on 30th November 2009 at 14:55

My Nan told me that a bomb fell near to where she lived around Greenough street in WW2. Apparently, she ran out into the street with my Mum in her arms when it fell.

Comment by: terry on 14th February 2010 at 17:07


Comment by: Dave Bradley on 9th August 2010 at 20:55

The talk about the German Zepplin takes me back a bit. My great uncle Walter Foster of New Springs witnessed the raid. He told me that on the night of the raid the Germans started bombing in Ince and headed to New Springs at some point the management at the top place steel works, thought they were the target and lifted the bells off the top of the blast furnaces. Lighting up area, convincing the Germans they had hit their target. However this was to late for his sister Mary Jane Henry who's house near New Springs bridge was destroyed in the raid. To add insult to injury in W.W2 Great aunt Mary Jane was bombed out again by the Germans. What were the chances of that happening? If she was here today I bet she woukld'nt drive B.M.W or Audi.

Comment by: maureen on 3rd April 2013 at 21:27

My dad reckons there is shrapnel damage to the brickwork of the Silverwell (?), caused by the Zeppelin bombs

Comment by: Allan Ashurst on 28th April 2022 at 15:54

A bomb fell in Scholes Wigan on the Independent Methodist [I,M,] "mother" church's building at the top of Greenough Street, after a Women's Auxiliary meeting had dispersed. It demolished the inside and left the peripheral walls standing. The Welsh Church kindly allowed them to hold services in their chapel opposite. Later the moved to Central Hall, Station Road.

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