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ZEPPELIN RAID 1918   Views: 8992
BOMBS ON WIGAN 1918   Comments: 9
Photo: Keith Bowen   Item #: 12573  
  The map shows where in Wigan the bombs fell in the 1918 Zeppelin raid. A cluster either side of Darlington Road East, around Harper Street and Clarington Grove and some around the top of Birkett Bank. The other cluster was nearer the target of Top Lock, they landed at New Springs near to The Crown on Wigan Road. Seventeen bombs fell and five people were killed. Full details are published in "Zeppelins over Lancashire" by Peter C Smith.  

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Comments by John, 22nd November 2009  
Very interesting Keith. I never realised that so many bombs fell on Wigan. I once heard that a bomb fell in Greenough St during the second world war, but I don't know if this is correct - maybe someone will enlighten me?

Comments by Keith, 22nd November 2009  
Hi John, yes I believe a bomb did fall on Wigan in the Second World War. My father certainly used to recall it. The bomb was dropped probably by a German bomber to lighten his load home after a raid on Manchester. It destroyed a Church (Methodist?) at the top of Greenhough Street, I don't think anyone was injured and the Church was re-built.

Comments by winder, 22nd November 2009  
Great map that, Keith.
My wife was born in Preston St and I can remember that part of the terraced row was missing, I can see why, now

Comments by Keith, 23rd November 2009  
My grandmother who lived in Harper Street at the time had a lifetime fear of thunder and lightning brought about by this bombing. Now I'm old enough to appreciate the problem and having seen the photo of the destruction around Harper Street I now understand, unlike when I was a callow youth, that having four exploding bombs drop around you without warning, while you as a teenager cowered under the kitchen table with the rest of your family as the house windows were being blasted out, would leave its scar. Lucky to have escaped with her life but not untouched by the horror.

Comments by rye, 30th November 2009  
my great grandma saw the zepplin over aspull, i wonder what would have happend had they hit the gasworks with the first 1

Comments by Catherine, 30th November 2009  
My Nan told me that a bomb fell near to where she lived around Greenough street in WW2. Apparently, she ran out into the street with my Mum in her arms when it fell.

Comments by terry, 14th February 2010  

Comments by Dave Bradley, 9th August 2010  
The talk about the German Zepplin takes me back a bit. My great uncle Walter Foster of New Springs witnessed the raid. He told me that on the night of the raid the Germans started bombing in Ince and headed to New Springs at some point the management at the top place steel works, thought they were the target and lifted the bells off the top of the blast furnaces. Lighting up area, convincing the Germans they had hit their target. However this was to late for his sister Mary Jane Henry who's house near New Springs bridge was destroyed in the raid. To add insult to injury in W.W2 Great aunt Mary Jane was bombed out again by the Germans. What were the chances of that happening? If she was here today I bet she woukld'nt drive B.M.W or Audi.

Comments by maureen, 3rd April 2013  
My dad reckons there is shrapnel damage to the brickwork of the Silverwell (?), caused by the Zeppelin bombs

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