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Started by: jo anne (33881) 

Zoom presentation on Mon 14th Sep at 7pm:

The ‘Walking Horse’ and Early Railways in Winstanley, Orrell and Pemberton, 1770s - 1870s

Book Here - www.wiganlocalhistory.org



Started: 6th Sep 2020 at 21:59

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

For anyone interested, the presentation is now on YouTube: LINK

Replied: 18th Sep 2020 at 13:52

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

The Society needs our help in tracing a stained glass window & missing paintings originally found in Wigan Infirmary.

More info: wiganlocalhistory.org


Replied: 26th Sep 2020 at 16:43

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

A new YouTube presentation:

The Mystery of Standish Hall

Replied: 15th Oct 2020 at 19:25

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Mon 9th Nov at 7pm on Zoom

Historian Derek Winstanley will present: “Gerrard Winstanley, his family and the influence of Wigan”



Book a place here: www.wiganlocalhistory.org

Replied: 8th Nov 2020 at 16:26

Posted by: jarvo (30161) 

Jo-anne: Great stuff.

Replied: 10th Nov 2020 at 18:45

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Yes, the Society are great, Jarvo

Gerrard Winstanley presentation also now available on - YouTube

Replied: 11th Nov 2020 at 11:07

Posted by: tonker (24242) 

'Wigan' diggers?

Replied: 11th Nov 2020 at 14:30

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Zoom Talk on Mon 11th Jan
By Andy Lomax

Lives of the Eckersleys:
A Prominent Wigan Family



Links:
www.wiganlocalhistory.org / Facebook / @wiganlocalhist1

Replied: 8th Jan 2021 at 12:30

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Now on YouTube: The Eckersleys

Replied: 13th Jan 2021 at 22:18

Posted by: tonker (24242) 

Why is it, that, if a member of a Wigan family leaves Wigan, sets themselves up in another town, marries and produce offspring and lead a socially successful life, they are still regarded as a 'Wigan' family?

When, any family member from another town, who move from their town to Wigan, and do the same, automatically become "a Wigan family", not recognising their family origin?

Im sure the Eckersleys originated from Bolton and spread to Hindley.

Replied: 13th Jan 2021 at 22:45

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Zoom Talk on Mon 8th Feb at 7pm

The History of Wigan Little Theatre
By Ron Hunt of Wiganworld

@WiganLocalHist1 (3rd Feb):


Photo - Martin Holden

Book here: www.wiganlocalhistory.org

Replied: 4th Feb 2021 at 00:04

Posted by: tonker (24242) 

The Walking Horse wasn't built in Wigan.
The father of the engineer who oversaw it's building was a partner in an engineering company.
Another company engineer, along with him, designed and built the first steam powered boat, whose maiden voyage was on the first man-made canal of the industrial era.
The engineer who oversaw the building of the Walking Horse continued operating the engineering company until his death.
Wigan, however, did come into it somewhere along the line. In a small way!

Replied: 4th Feb 2021 at 00:53

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

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Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

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Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Facebook post - 21st Feb:



New YouTube Link

Replied: 22nd Feb 2021 at 22:29

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

The Origins and History of Wigan Pier
By Derek Winstanley
Mon 8th March at 7pm - Fb



Book here - Link

Replied: 2nd Mar 2021 at 17:34

Posted by: tonker (24242) 

How many collieries has there ever been near to Wigan Pier? Eh.?

Replied: 2nd Mar 2021 at 18:33

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

This free talk is a few months away, but should be great!

Wigan Pier - The Way We Were by Jim Holian
Thursday 20th May, 1 pm - 2pm Tickets

Replied: 9th Mar 2021 at 17:11

Posted by: tonker (24242) 

"the way we were" is the same for, more or less, everybody, from any area, from the same background. It's stupid and very small minded to think otherwise.
I've heard it said, "Wigan is unique"!
In what way? It'snever been any different to anywhere else!

Replied: 9th Mar 2021 at 19:13

Posted by: lectriclegs (4477)

Of course Wigan is unique.

Replied: 9th Mar 2021 at 19:38

Posted by: tonker (24242) 

Unique: being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.


Go on then! In what way is Wigan any different?

Replied: 9th Mar 2021 at 20:51

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Local writer, Julie McKiernan, talks about Weaving and Spinning in Lancashire: Wigan STEAM (Fb)

Replied: 10th Mar 2021 at 15:45

Posted by: tonker (24242) 

Replied: 10th Mar 2021 at 16:05

Posted by: lectriclegs (4477)

"Unique: being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.


Go on then! In what way is Wigan any different?"

Is there another town called Wigan, that has a 'Scholes village' and a pub called the Raven in it?

Replied: 10th Mar 2021 at 18:44

Posted by: tonker (24242) 

Only Wigan is called Wigan. But almost all the other towns in the country have a unique name.
That makes Wigan not unique in that category.

Many towns have a Scholes. St.Helens has one.

There are twenty seven other towns in England with a pub called 'The Raven' in it.

Wigan is NOT unique.

Replied: 10th Mar 2021 at 20:12

Posted by: lectriclegs (4477)

Is there another town called Wigan, that has a 'Scholes village' and a pub called the Raven in it?

Yes or no

Replied: 10th Mar 2021 at 20:16

Posted by: tonker (24242) 

Is there another town called St.Helens that has a Scholes village and a pub called The Raven in it?

If that's the way you look at it, EVERY town is unique!

But, although some are, Wigan is not.

Replied: 10th Mar 2021 at 20:23

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Derek Winstanley’s talk is on YouTube:

The History of Wigan Pier

Replied: 11th Mar 2021 at 13:41

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

The History Beneath our Feet: Wigan's Geological Heritage
By Simon Davies on Fri 26th March, 1 - 2pm: Eventbrite

Replied: 15th Mar 2021 at 13:00
Last edited by jo anne: 15th Mar 2021 at 13:00:52

Posted by: tonker (24242) 

Wigan was NOT the 'coal capital of the north'. Not by a long chalk. In fact, Wigan has never been the coal capital of anywhere!

And, if you remove this, it proves ..... TRUTH HURTS!

Replied: 16th Mar 2021 at 19:44

Posted by: basil brush (17380)

Thanks for the info, Joanne

Replied: 16th Mar 2021 at 19:52

Posted by: lectriclegs (4477)

Very interesting Joanne.

Replied: 16th Mar 2021 at 19:54

Posted by: tonker (24242) 

Small-minded idiots abound!

Replied: 16th Mar 2021 at 19:56

Posted by: lectriclegs (4477)

Yes they do.

Replied: 16th Mar 2021 at 19:57

Posted by: Stardelta (8723)

I dont know which is worse.....the small minded idiots or the people constantly complaining about the small minded idiots

Replied: 16th Mar 2021 at 20:08

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Monday 12th April at 7pm
The Barbarous Murder of Wigan Lane
By Jim Meehan - Book here



www.wiganlocalhistory.org / Facebook / @wiganlocalhist1

Replied: 6th Apr 2021 at 10:21

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Heritage & Local Food
Wed 21st April, 11am - 12.30pm Link



archives.wigan.gov.uk / Facebook
www.ageuk.org.uk/wiganborough

Replied: 6th Apr 2021 at 13:54

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

“A Barbarous Murder” - YouTube

Replied: 14th Apr 2021 at 17:10

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

The History of our Hospice
Archives: Wigan and Leigh
Free

Wed 12th May, 6pm - Eventbrite



“In honor of International Nurses Day, Wigan & Leigh Hospice nurse, Lisa, will be talking about the history of the hospice and how nursing has changed over time.”

For more info on the Hospice, visit: www.wlh.org.uk

Replied: 5th May 2021 at 18:03

Posted by: ianp. (712) 

Something which is obvious and not unique: one poster is totally ignoring another poster.

jo anne,
Carry on posting, what many people believe, the interesting and enjoyable information. It is clearly appreciated by the majority of readers and by those people who contribute in a positive way.

Replied: 5th May 2021 at 18:36

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Free Zoom Presentation

Timberlakes of Wigan
By J Meehan
Mon 14th June, 7 - 8.30pm



King Street, The Street That Was Project Series.

HH Timberlake dominated local motoring for nearly 100 years and left an indelible mark on the Town Centre with a number of iconic buildings.

Register: Link

Replied: 5th Jun 2021 at 11:56

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Wed 16th June at 2pm - Link


@wiganlocalhist1

Further reading: Discovering Coccium

Replied: 8th Jun 2021 at 08:42

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Interesting info on the Society’s website:

Find your Street & neighbours in 1968

Replied: 8th Jun 2021 at 08:42
Last edited by jo anne: 8th Jun 2021 at 08:49:42

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

The History of the Jireh Chapel
By Pam Thomas (10th May)

YouTube Link

Replied: 15th Jun 2021 at 08:55

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Timberlakes of Wigan
By Jim Meehan

YouTube Link

Replied: 17th Jun 2021 at 20:32
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Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Local historian Alan Davies (@pitheadbaths) will be on BBC 1 Thu 8th July at 11am to talk about the Button Pit murder Haigh in 1863.

Murder, Mystery and My Family - BBC iPlayer

Replied: 6th Jul 2021 at 08:59

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

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