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Upload your photos. Thousands of old Wigan photos to browse and comment on.

Wigan Cemetery Index
Wigan Cemetery Index

Index covers 3rd September 1856 to 30th November 2007.

Wigan Message Boards
Wigan Message Boards

General Wigan chat, find out more about Wigan, trace relatives, get help.

What's On in Wigan
What's On in Wigan

Local events in and around Wigan, why not list yours, it's free.

Wigan Chronology
Wigan Chronology

Local chronology from Wigan Almanacs covering most years from 1879 to 1949.

Wigan Classifieds
Wigan Classifieds

Registration not required to list items for sale, wanted, swaps, upload photos.

Local History
Lots more Local History

Town directories, streets, court leet rolls, stories, books...

Wigan Blog
Wigan Blog

General musings mainly about Wigan and the wiganworld website.

Fred Dibnah
In memory of Fred Dibnah, world famous steeplejack.

Wigan Family & Local History Society
Wigan Family & Local History Society.
Wigan FHS

Pubs of the Past
Pubs of the Past Wigan pubs in photos and other info.

Reading Room
Reading Room - 27 pages of old Wigan News from 1890.

Wigan Views, 1908
Wigan Views, 1908. A souvenir booklet of old photos and ads.

Wigan Overhead Line Department
Photo: Dave Taylor

Wigan OHL department (Springs Branch depot) When in the summer of 1990 BR London Midland region management announced that they were intending to close four of the ten overhead line maintenance depots on the route; the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) called for industrial action to protect both the existing depots and their staff. I think the four depots affected were Bedford, Bletchley, Stafford and Longsight, but after the passage of over twenty years I might be wrong so don’t quote me! Every depot introduced a weekend working ban, and when on picket duty we stood in exactly the same spot as the drivers are in item No. 696 on WW/work/railways page 2, albeit it with the addition of a brazier (or a brassiere as at least one member of staff belived it was!!)as it was autumn/winter time. In the fullness of time management relented and agreed to close just one of the depots, which was at Bedford. The displaced staff from Bedford depot, were given the option to transfer to either Bletchley, or Willesden, which were the nearest OHL depots on the WCML. Now, with the supreme irony that only the cock–up of privatisation could produce, Serco who inherited the maintenance franchise around 2000 re-opened Bedford OHL depot for the maintenance staff on the Midland main line between Bedford and St. Pancras. But I digress …. To mark the occasion the Wigan OHL LDC (staff reps) arranged to produce a couple of lapel badges. They were identical designs but one was produced in a silver finish and the other in gold. The wording states,” Wigan OHL solidarity (around the perimeter), 11 day strike 1990 (in the centre with a depiction of an OHL structure and two red flashes to indicate high voltage) and has RMT underneath in green. There were only about fifty of each design produced in total so they are pretty rare beasts. This is the one in silver finish on my old BR black jacket.

Family Research

Wigan Cemetery Index
Wigan Cemetery Index

Index covers 3rd September 1856 to 30th November 2007.
(117,917 entries)

Gidlow Cemetery Index
Gidlow Cemetery Index

Index covers 14th January 1948 to 13th December 2013.
(16,188 entries)

Hindley Cemetery Index
Hindley Cemetery Index

Index covers 10th June 1880 to 18th December 2012.
(32,307 entries)

Ince Cemetery Index
Ince Cemetery Index

Index covers 6th October 1857 to 10th December 2009.
(39,319 entries)

Westwood Cemetery Index
Westwood Cemetery Index

Index covers 12th January 1946 to 31st December 2007.
(5,697 entries)

Howe Bridge Cemetery Index
Howe Bridge Cemetery Index

Index covers 13th January 1975 to 31st December 2007.
(1,854 entries)

Wigan Genealogy
Wigan Genealogy

Local genealogy for the Wigan area only. 1,000s of names listed.

Wigan Family & Local History Society
Wigan Family & Local History Society

The promotion and encouragement of research into family and local history.

ISS

ISS
by John Barton

(Fujifilm X-H1)

(Saturday, 2nd June, 2018)

Wiggin Tree Berries

Wiggin Tree Berries
by Mick Byrne

(Sony HDR)

(Thursday, 17th September, 2015)

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