Round House in Whelley

Started by: jo anne (33717) 

Does anyone know anything about an ancient Round House in Whelley? (Also posted on Places)

This is what I've found so far via Google:

Why were Roundhouse Sidings so called? Was there ever a roundhouse in that area? (link):

While I could find old railwaymen who knew where this location was*, none could recall a loco shed, except a very old and tiny one which would have held a small tank engine. (* OS Grid Ref: 359639,406405).

And that's where the answer lay!

There was once a "Round House", dating from ancient times, on the old highway from Wigan to what later became Horwich. A colliery was eventually sunk near here with two shafts, named Round House No. 1 and No. 2. No. 1 shaft was connected to the Wigan - Horwich highway via a tram road while No. 2 shaft had another tramroad leading down to the Leeds - Liverpool canal. Eventually, after the main line railway later known as the Whelley line was built nearby, both Nos 1 & 2 pits were connected via a short branch line which terminated at a small marshalling yard known as 'Roundhouse Sidings'.

Started: 1st Apr 2016 at 14:10

Posted by: jo anne (33717) 

A slight tangent, but does anyone know if this still exists?

38. Replica Iron Age Roundhouse at Greenslate Farm, Orrell. Constructed as a joint venture in 1986 between Wigan Education Dept & the Archaeology Unit at Manchester University.

Links: /

Replied: 1st Apr 2016 at 14:19

Posted by: kathy (283) 

There is a place called Roundhouse located at 114 Whelley in THE WIGAN STREETS on here. I remember Roundhouse Avenue in Whelley when I lived there but not sure of the exact location

Replied: 15th Apr 2016 at 22:28

Posted by: kathy (283) 

I just looked at a map and Roundhouse Avenue was behind the garage in Whelley opposite Bradshaw St

Replied: 15th Apr 2016 at 22:32

Posted by: jo anne (33717) 

Thanks for that information, Kathy.

Replied: 21st Apr 2016 at 14:16

Posted by: pippa (118)

Known as The Mount estate at Whelley was called The Roundhouse Estate when it was built

Replied: 22nd Jun 2016 at 12:40

Posted by: gaffer (6855) 

1848 map

Replied: 29th Jun 2016 at 20:57

Posted by: tuddy (1161)

The Roundhouse was located on the site of the petrol station in Whelley. It was demolished around the early seventies.

Replied: 29th Jun 2016 at 21:18

Posted by: lectriclegs (4365)

Which petrol station?

Replied: 6th Jul 2016 at 20:49

Posted by: tuddy (1161)

The petrol station is on the right hand side as you travel up Whelley towards New Springs. It's between Highfield Avenue and St Stephen's Avenue.

Replied: 7th Jul 2016 at 19:25

Posted by: aussie94 (2396)

joanne , do you know where Whelly got its name from?

Replied: 7th Sep 2016 at 11:24


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