Started by: jo anne (32738) has a fascinating collection of old photographs & it’s growing!

We mapped 766 new (old 1950s) photos of Wigan this month, finding shops, houses, railways, industrial works, canals and a number of local residents getting themselves into the photos. Curious children, some of them very tiny, were out and about on the streets and of course many of those old terraced houses have since been demolished.The photos are searchable by surname, street name and keyword. (Link)

Link: Wigan Photo Maps - Wigan Central & Ince-in-Makerfield / Wigan West / Wigan North

Started: 19th May 2019 at 14:53

Posted by: Jumpin Jack Flash (153)

Brilliant Jo anne

Replied: 19th May 2019 at 16:17

Posted by: Axcroft (154)

Jo anne, These are amazing! A revelation. Professional quality pics of my old haunts. Just done a few now and then comparisons on Google Street View, and it stirs the soul....the passage of time. Wow!

Replied: 19th May 2019 at 19:49

Posted by: jarvo (29675) 

Jo anne: These are unbelievable.

One of the photo's show mi Mum and Dad's house being built - the place where I was born.

Others show Highfield with NO housing estates...Bliss.

Thank you.


Replied: 20th May 2019 at 18:36

Posted by: Salmon & Ball (665) 

How good is that!

Ive just spent an hour having a look round.
And there are a lot more hours to be spent on it.
Thanks for that, Joanne

Replied: 20th May 2019 at 20:33
Last edited by Salmon & Ball: 20th May 2019 at 20:34:16

Posted by: basil brush (14090)

Brilliant, thanks Joanne

Replied: 21st May 2019 at 09:09

Posted by: Jazzy (8654) 

Replied: 23rd May 2019 at 17:03

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (5065)

It is good and there were some right cack holes in Wigan back then

Replied: 23rd May 2019 at 19:13

Posted by: jo anne (32738) 

I like your review, Tommy Two Stroke.

The site’s well worth a revisit if you’ve not looked for a while - lots more photos added.

Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 10:19

Posted by: aussie94 (2346)

jo anne is there a problem I cannot get on the link , thank you

Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 11:35

Posted by: Salmon & Ball (665) 

Just click on the link Aussie then when the page loads click on " Home" at the top. It worked for me

Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 11:52

Posted by: aussie94 (2346)

jo anne got it ,what a brilliant collection. Well done

Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 12:02

Posted by: aussie94 (2346)

Yes , Wigan like most Northern Industrial Towns were not "pretty" but they provided jobs which at the time were welcome . It relieved poverty. But all it was doing was making the rich so called aristocracy richer. I cannot understand how this exists in a modern Britain . Lord this , Lady That. Duke of Nothing.Traipsing around like they are superior to everyone else Get rid of the bludgers

Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 12:11
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Posted by: Anne (3792) 

I went through the Lower Ince section not recognising much as most appeared to be on railway lines. However a few pics were recognisable, until, until I got to no, 694/5 and then.....up came a picture of houses corner of Westwood lane Mountview. So recognisable even the plate on one house denoting piano lessons (the lettering not obvious to everyone) this was where my husband grew up.

Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 12:35

Posted by: jo anne (32738) 

Sorry, Aussie94, I hadn’t noticed the initial link is now defunct.

Exploring the site’s photo maps is a good way to locate local photos:

Photo Maps Link

Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 12:36

Posted by: aussie94 (2346)

All good then you joanne you are a darling, if you do not mind me saying that in these PC times

Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 12:42

Posted by: aussie94 (2346)

S & B thank you for your help .

Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 12:44


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