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Wigan Year Book of 1889

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     Oct. 5. - Laying the Foundation Stone, by Mrs. Legh of Lyme, of an addition to St. James's Church, Haydock. - Miners' Demonstration at Aspull. - The Relief Returns in the Wigan Union discussed at a Poor Law Conference at Preston.
     Oct. 7. - Swimming Gala at the Baths.
     Oct. 8. - Amateur Entertainment in the Royal Court Theatre in aid of Coppull Church. - Opening of a Miners' Conference at Birmingham.
     Oct. 9. - Wigan Borough Sessions : 9 prisoners.
     Oct. 10. - Presentation of Certificates to Nurses at the Wigan Infirmary.
     Oct. 11. - One man killed and another injured by the bursting of a boiler at the Branch Pit, Ince.
     Oct. 12. - Conference in Wigan of the Lancashire and Cheshire Band of Hope.
     Oct. 14. - Cutting the First Sod of a New Pit for the Pearson and Knowles Coal and Iron Company on Ince Moss.
     Oct. 15. - Address by the Rector at the opening meeting of the Wigan Literary and Debating Society.
     Oct. 16. - Explosion at Mossfield Colliery, Staffordshire ; nearly 70 lives lost.
     Oct. 17. - Death at Tunbridge, Kent, aged 67 years, of Mr. John Scott, contractor, formerly of Upper Dicconson-street, Wigan.
     Oct. 20. - The Freemasons accompany the Mayor to church : Sermon preached by the Rev. T. Barton Spencer, Grand Chaplain of England.
     Oct. 22. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan Liberal Club.
     Oct. 23. - Presentation of an Address at Ince Blundell Hall, from Wigan Liberals, to Mr. Gladstone.
     Oct. 25. - Distribution of Prizes at the Wigan Mining and Mechanical School.
     Oct. 28. - Death at Kiddington Hall, Woodstock, of Mr. Henry Lomax Gaskell, formerly of Wigan, aged 76 years.
     Oct. 30. - Special Town Council Meeting : Discussion as to the granting of Theatrical Licences in Wigan ; the Mayor enrolled as the first Freeman of the Borough. - Complimentary Banquet to the Mayor ; Mr. Rogers presented with the Freedom of the Borough.
     Oct. 31. - Opening by Lady Crawford of a Sale of Work to provide funds for the restoration of Ince Vicarage.
     Nov. 1. - Municipal Elections : Contests in All Saints, Swinley, and Scholes Wards.
     Nov. 5. - Application by Lancashire Miners for a further advance in wages.
     Nov. 6. - Meeting of the General Purposes Committee to select a Mayor : the name of Dr. Berry, which had been suggested, not being acceptable to a section of the Conservative party, it was decided to request Mr. T. Stuart to again accept office. - Death at Pendleton, of Mr. John Peacock, solicitor, aged 63, formerly of Wigan. - Gas Explosion at the new Hope Chapel : three men injured.
     Nov. 8. - Announcement made of the formation of the Haydock Collieries into a limited company.
     Nov. 9. - Annual Town Council Meeting : As the majority in the Chamber were unwilling to accede to the conditions laid down by Mr. Stuart, provided he accepted the mayoralty, Mr. Alderman Ackerley, who was absent from the meeting, appointed chief magistrate of the borough. - Election of Aldermen : The retiring members appointed with the exception of Mr. Alderman Bryham, whose place was filled by Mr. W. J. Lamb.

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