Union Bridge

Started by: twigginer21 (1743)

I hear a lot about Union Bridge,I've seen the photo on here but cant put my figure on where it could have been. A lot of people get on the bus and say 'Union Bridge please' I know it was in Newtown. Whereabouts was it? what is in its place? and why has it gone? I'm confused!!

Started: 1st Nov 2006 at 02:56

Posted by: twigginer21 (1743)

Whoops! just realised i should have posted this in the places section :S

Replied: 1st Nov 2006 at 03:18

Posted by: mollie m (6463) 

It wasn't a bridge as such. Union Bridge is the area between Pemberton and Newtown and nobody's moved it.

Replied: 1st Nov 2006 at 12:25

Posted by: wiganyankeeron (inactive)

Yes it was a bridge It went across the road near to where the shops are. I think it was just a mineral line?

Replied: 1st Nov 2006 at 13:31

Posted by: mollie m (6463) 

Ah, I see Ron. Mayhap that was before my time then. I stand corrected.

Replied: 1st Nov 2006 at 16:33

Posted by: winder (1293)

It was called Union Bridge because the company that built the line was known as the Lancashire Union Railway and this branch ran from a junction at Bryn to Norley Hall Colliery. The mineral line was closed in 1947 and after the dismantling of the bridge, one side of the road was occupied by Plumptons Union Garage and the other side by Plessys who, I think, were a telecommunications company.

Replied: 1st Nov 2006 at 18:38

Posted by: ferdy (169)

talking of bridges can anyone tell me just where exactly was skew bridge i seem to recall that it may have been in the marus bridge area

Replied: 1st Nov 2006 at 18:43

Posted by: winder (1293)

The L.U. line crossed over what is now the dual carriage way close to the Ben Jonson pub at Goose Green.

Replied: 1st Nov 2006 at 19:13

Posted by: marken (375)

Isn't Skew Bridge the one near Alexandra Park on Warrington Rd.

Replied: 1st Nov 2006 at 21:29

Posted by: wiganyankeeron (inactive)

Hi winder, You are correct Plessey was a telecoms company They had three sites in Wigan. Union Bridge, Lamberhead and Wallgate. I worked at the Wallgate factory untill it closed in 1973. Best place I have ever worked. I am sure anybody else who worked there, will say the same.

Replied: 1st Nov 2006 at 21:53

Posted by: mollie m (6463) 

I've found this topic most interesting. If the mineral line was closed in 1947 and the bridge dismantled thereafter, then it all happened before I was born.

Replied: 2nd Nov 2006 at 12:48

Posted by: donny (48) 

i think it the half way house area

Replied: 2nd Nov 2006 at 20:09


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