www.timepix.uk 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
Brilliant Jo anne
Replied: 19th May 2019 at 16:17
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
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.
Replied: 20th May 2019 at 18:36
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
Brilliant, thanks Joanne
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Replied: 23rd May 2019 at 17:03
It is good and there were some right cack holes in Wigan back then
Replied: 23rd May 2019 at 19:13
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
jo anne is there a problem I cannot get on the link , thank you
Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 11:35
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
jo anne got it ,what a brilliant collection. Well done
Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 12:02
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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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
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
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
S & B thank you for your help .
Replied: 16th Oct 2019 at 12:44