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To get back to the Romans
Started by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
Talking to my barber yesterday,he came up with a story that during refurbishment to Wigan Parish Church (don't know when) a Roman temple was discovered. Can anyone throw a light on this? Also that Wigan was a stop on the march from Manchester to Ribchester, and therefore was probably just an area surrounded by stakes. Where the heck Coccium was, I do not know!
Another of his snippets was that a farmer at Appley Bridge digging in his fields found the statue of a Roman God! He gave it in to the police and from there it was taken to Manchester. Since then, not a whisper has been heard of the statue. Perhaps Appley Bridge was Coccium!

Posted by: danni (inactive) Report abuse
there is a roman altar built into the church wall

altar

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
Wow! Brilliant!

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
When you consider that the Romans occupied Britain for nigh on 400 years it's easy to understand how they got, more or less, everywhere.

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
400 years wow I wonder if anyone doing their ancestry have found any direct connection, I have got back to 1457 on my fathers side but no directt link my next ancester after that date came from Belgium

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
Just changing the subject a bit, Elizabeth, what records do you use to get back to 1400's. Can't be parish records, can it?

Posted by: nicola (3236)  Report abuse
Recent work before the Grand Arcade was built added to the Roman evidence for Wigan being coccium, have a look at the Wigan Arch Soc website...I worked for Oxford Archaeology North who did all the excavations, I was there when we put in an evaluation trench close to Penningtons, chatting away as you do when you're not really expecting to find a great deal (thought we had a lot of 19th century overburden to get through)then having a look at the section of the trench and pulling out Roman pottery, for me, it was better than winning the lottery!

Posted by: ŠartŠ (6154) Report abuse
Next time you find owt Nicola.
You keep the pottery
I'll have the lottery..

Posted by: nicola (3236)  Report abuse
I have my own personal "collection", bit that have gone in pockets for bagging up later, then 6 months down the line you can't remember what site it was from!

I still wouldn't mind the Lottery as well......

Posted by: the_gwim_weaper (inactive) Report abuse
What have the Romans ever done for us?

Posted by: dave marsh (inactive) Report abuse
They gave lots of work to archaeologists.

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
The only way to prove that Wigan stands where Coccium once stood, would be to uncover a sign with 'Welcome to Coccium - Drive Carefully' written on it.

Although there was definately Roman activity, it's already been said that Coccium wasn't where Wigan now is.
The Romans were in England for over 400 years, they got everywhere.

Posted by: danni (inactive) Report abuse
and they came to Wigan for a bath!

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Next, you'll be claiming that the first Roman Department Store, Marcus et Spencius, was formed in Coccium.
Which would, of course, be rubbish because everybody knows it was formed in Mancunium!

According to the Antonine Local Directory!

Posted by: danni (inactive) Report abuse
did they or did they not find the remains of a Roman BATH house at the bottom of Millgate WIGAN? I rest my case

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Indeed they did, danni, indeed they did. However, it didn't have Coccium Municipal Swimming Pool written on it. In mosaic.

Posted by: danni (inactive) Report abuse
no but it does mean the Romans came to WIGAN for a bath!

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
They'd have had some big Wigan women, with big legs, to scrub their backs!

Posted by: danni (inactive) Report abuse
really? you reckon?

Posted by: the_gwim_weaper (inactive) Report abuse
Is there any knees for that?

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
Comp-- you asked for records , well a lot of mine in that period came from Devon / Cornwall and they are very good for looking for details up to a point the other way is finding the name you are looking for in a particular period say Surname - Syme go into Family search and type in just surname Syme , place lancashire ( which inmy case was Devon/cornwall) whichever that will bring up thousands of names so you have to have the patience to scroll through them looking for the particular place (Wigan) and find siblings ( and some cases which in my case I went through over 5 thousand names )around the same birth date and place and if you are lucky belonging to them will give you the parents and also you can find other children. and so it goes on, if I can help you further let me know and make the heading Elizabeth, because I forget where I found things ,taken me 2 days to find the original message from you enquiring

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
Thanks Elizabeth. I have used the Mormon site a lot but not like you say. I have been given the task of finding if my family are Scottish but none back to 1766, all in Wigan. Tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie calling in at Wigan when gathering his army abound. But then they would not be born Scottish! Genealogy is fascinating but irritating at the same time. The site Lancashire bmd is also good especially for marriages! Still no use for Cornwall. Try Cornwallbmd!

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
if you want me to help you let me know give me some dates and names etc area I will leave my mail on here for 24 hours then I will delete it that is if you want me to . edited e mail

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
Hi Tony whereabouts in scotland are you looking and the Surname,as you didnt take up my offer on e mail i will try this way for you ,by the way are you any relation to the Wilsons arounf Swinley lane are 1950-60

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
Sorry Elizabeth, not been in touch. Been away and not attending to my Wigan World posts! This will continue for a while but I get back every 8 days or so.

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
Elizabeth, I am not related to Swinley Wilsons, mine are Pemberton, Orrell, IOM, Cheadle,Appley Bridge, Billinge all cousins. I had an uncle who had Wilsons grocers on corner Gidlow lane, Spencer Road West.

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
Hi compingnut you can edit your e mail now if you want i have made a note of it and will tomorrow start and have a look for you .as I am in the middle of making Kitchen units not flat pak I am making my own ,mind you it takes me a bit longer these days ,now I am longer in the tooth ha ha

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
Wow! Do you do foreigners? Oh by the way, my cousin wears a kilt!

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
'Wow! Do you do foreigners'?

Are you insinuating that Elizabeth is a 'man of the world'?

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
no Im insinuating my cousin thinks hes Scottish!

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Has he got red hair and is he called Jimmy?

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
Comp did ou get my e mail please as I am having trouble at this end
No do not do foreigners have enough to do with my own, I have got fed up with being on my own being ripped of with so called professionals , in the past I put C H in my large Tudor house apart from the boiler I had that done ,I make fences as once seen on this site somewhere build Porches , you say it I most likely have done it over the years having lost my husband age 47yrs and no money .Any way back to the Clan

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Elizabeth, you'd make a fine Hillbilly! Why don't you nip over to Erin's and test the water. Or the possum stew?

And I thought you said you liked Volvos best?

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
Tonker dont be cheeky if you look at my photo you will see I am no Hill billy as you say just a lady who has had to struggle to have a nice home , WITHOUT going into debt, and I still like and want a Volvo again but def not from E Bay

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
'I make fences as once seen on this site somewhere, build Porches, .....'?

Me too, Elizabeth!

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
I like the car ,, wonder what you edited

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
the link didn't turn out right first time!

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
Comp-go to Links and scroll nearly to the bottom and you will fins a research into the Wilsons all over Wigan

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
is that links on familysearch (mormon site)

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
No it is the Links on this site at the top of the page

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
Yes I think I have got it OK. Filled in my family tree in Gene part await developments. Thanks very much!

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
I am still looking at the Wilsons in Scotland have you got any further

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
No . Have done many peoples family trees but am convinced it cannot work from the furthest date away to the present time.Looking for fathers is easier than looking for sons! Possibly I may be persuaded! Its kind of you to try .
I have a friend whose gfarther was a foundling. He and others were lined up in beds in a ward and given surnames beginning A, b etc. Ernies gdad got J and from then to Jones so Ernest Jones was not his real birth name. My friend Ernie ,also is my only failure at doing a family tree!

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
Elizabeth, looking on Upholland St Thomas the Martyr's site, I have found John Wilson b. 1766's father is William Wilson Christened 4 May 1735.That is assuming all the family still lived in Upholland. Its a good site tho obviously just for that area

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
regarding the Scottish clans I am completly fazed I have registered and accepted but can I get any further I am lost in the Scottish mists can you try as they have 3 wilson for the period looking for go and type in Scottish Clans see if you can fathom it out please

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
I clicked on Wigan Genealogy, entered Wilson clan in search, got Yahoo , signed up email, seached more Wilson claNS AND GOT LOADS OF yANKS. wILL TRY AGAIN WHEN i HAVE CALMED MY NERVES.

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
oh what a gay day we are having

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
Ahem!

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
You might be related to Wilson Pickett. Although I doubt it, because he was a blackie!

Posted by: the_gwim_weaper (inactive) Report abuse
Lest ye forget=

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
By gum, you lot are a tonic!

Posted by: chrisnich (175) Report abuse
Just googled Coccium and found a lot of sites. One said it was the Roman name for Wigan, also could be cookhouse or brothel.Apparently Wigan was a minor roman settlement.

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
You don't say? Tell us more!

Posted by: chrisnich (175) Report abuse
Sorry Tonker, only meant to say I found subject interesting.
Will write 100 lines- Don't irritate Tonker.

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
I'm only having a larf! It's what's expected of me, you see.
And it's a thousand word essay on 'the contents of an empty box', on my desk by lunchtime, Friday!

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
PS.

So, Wigan, in Roman times, was a cookhouse, brothel and a minor settlement.

Wigan still IS a cookhouse, brothel and a minor settlement.

Nothing's changed over the last 1600 years then?

Posted by: vera howarth (2584)   Report abuse
Coccium has not been definetly located but the best probability is that it was Wigan.
I think it was more than a minor Roman settlement as ship building is known to have gone on .The R. Douglas then ran where Station road is and what became known as Stairgate was the approach to the river from the higher defensive ground and settlement.

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Vera, academics who specialise in Roman Studies have concluded that Wigan * was NOT Coccium, and they know their stuff as regards Romans. The position recorded in the Antonine Itinerary is not where Wigan is.
If their measurements were wrong, in this case by a few miles, it would be a first because the Romans weren't daft either!

* (disclaimer) Wigan is, not probably, definately, on the site of some form of Roman settlement. As I said earlier, the Romans occupied Britain for over 400 years, so it's not unusual for an area to be previously occupied by them. However, it's unlikely that it was called Coccium.

Posted by: vera howarth (2584)   Report abuse
source please tonker

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Vera. Seek and ye shall find!

Posted by: nicko (inactive) Report abuse
Tomatoe Sorce?

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Frank Bruno Sauce!

Posted by: nicola (3236)  Report abuse
Tonker, can you please give us the source for that little bit of info?

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Nicola, I can't give you one source, all I can say is that there's many.

What's in question here is not 'was there Romans in Wigan'. As I've said before, of course there were, they were everywhere, for over 400 years, and 400 years is long enough to firmly establish themselves. Which they did.
The question is - was it called Coccium?

To think that Wigan used to be called Coccium is very easy. Everybody says it did. But, they only believe a local myth that others tell them, and they are only guessing.

To make an 'educated' guess, you need evidence.

The only evidence available is contained in the Antonine Itinerary, and that evidence clearly gives the proof that Coccium was NOT where Wigan now stands.

I once read that the location of Coccium, recorded by the Romans, can be centred on an area of several square miles.
However, this area was a long way from Wigan, the nearest to Wigan being between Belmont and Blackrod, with the Belmont to Edgeworth area being more probable.

Of course Wigan stands on the site of Roman occupation, that fact is well proven. But any inscription that proves the site was called 'Coccium', will rewrite the history book, ie: the Roman Record Book, the 'Antonine Itinerary'.


Posted by: nicola (3236)  Report abuse
One honset Q Tonks, you're not taking Roman iles to be the same as latter ones are you t'is all.

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
I've translated that one. And the answer is, no.

In fact, 'I' haven't taken any miles at all, the experts have and they've used Roman miles.
They have used the distances given for the location of other, known, Roman settlements, which have proved to be correct.

I've pointed this out to the Wigan Archaeological Society, in contradiction to one of their daft publications, and they e-mailed me with, "yes, we already know, but it's nice to speculate and we enjoy doing so".

So, there you have it. The Wigan Archaeological Society enjoy talking 5hite and making people believe things that are NOT true.
Teachers in local schools will carry on teaching their pupils 5hite, and the kids will believe it because they know no better.
Then the kids will tell their kids. And so it goes on.

What's not true, will become accepted as true and fact, even though it's false!

Just like Marks and Spencers was founded in Wigan (and not Manchester, like it really was).

And the Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine is the 'World's Biggest Steam Engine' (even though it's clearly not).

Q: Did you have a couple of drinks with your lunch, Nicola?

Posted by: nicola (3236)  Report abuse
I've just re-read what I wrote, and apart from a few coffees, no I hadn't!! I'm appaled reading it again haha!!


Well how about we continue to think that Wigan is Coccium until someone comes along with a better version of events? (After all we are still having the evolution V's intelligent design debate).

I'll set my stall out and say Wigan is most likely Coccium..

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
But, Nicola, you'd may as well set out your stall and say that the entire recorded history of Roman Britain IS WRONG!

Don't you think it's better, and more logical, to go along with factually recorded material, knowing that Wigan was NOT Coccium, until someone comes up with 'absolute proof' that the Romans, who put all those correct locations in the Antonine Itinerary, were p155ed when they wrote the bit about Coccium?

Posted by: nicola (3236)  Report abuse
But aren't you making your own interpretation of the available data to hand and surmising?

Roads
Iter X: N (15) to Walton le Dale (Lancashire)
Iter X: ESE (16) to MAMVCIVM (Manchester, Greater Manchester)
S (13) to Wilderspool (Cheshire)

"The classical evidence for this minor settlement is slight, with only a single entry in the Antonine Itinerary of the late second century. This document lists a road-station named Coccium, 20 miles from Bremetenacum (Ribchester, Lancashire) and 17 miles from Mancunium (Manchester, Greater Manchester). These distances match the location of the Wigan settlement quite well."



Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
'These distances match the location of the Wigan settlement quite well'?

My ar5e they do!

Nicola, that statement is equivalent to saying 2 + 3 = 7 and, like the experts have pointed out, these distances mark the location well away from Wigan.
I'm prepared to go along with the mathematics of recorded figures, rather than an untruth.

Posted by: nicola (3236)  Report abuse
Go on then Tonks, to get back to my original Q - which bit of expert interpretation are you referring to?

Posted by: black staff (inactive) Report abuse
The modern mile is 1,760 yards.

A Roman Mile however was 1,620 yards.

So, which of these would the Antonine Itinerary have used?

EDIT: Ahhh, sorry Tonker, I see you have already factored this in.

Posted by: danni (inactive) Report abuse
With Nicola being an archeologist and Tonks being well TOnks I'm with Nicola on this

Posted by: the_gwim_weaper (inactive) Report abuse
Veni Vidi Velcro

Posted by: dustaf (inactive) Report abuse
That your final answer and you're sticking to it Gwim?

Posted by: the_gwim_weaper (inactive) Report abuse
Like a stickybob to a sheeps bottom.

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Danni, this is not between Nicola and Tonker. It's between Nicola and the historical Roman records.

The Romans, who built places and the roads connecting these places, made records of the whereabouts of each one and gave each one a name.

Now, 1600 years later, Nicola is trying to say they were wrong.

Example:

Question: In the English Civil War, the 'battle of Wigan Lane' took place in Wigan Lane, Wigan.

Historical fact? Yes!

How do you know?

Answer: Because records of the incident exist, and we believe them.


So. Question: In Roman Britain, Coccium was 'NOT' where Wigan is now.

Historical fact? Yes!

How do you know?

Answer: Because records of Coccium's location exist, yet you refuse to believe them.

Why?



Posted by: nicola (3236)  Report abuse
Hang on - don't put words in my mouth - I have not said anyone is wrong, don't take it like that! I have not been "definate" in any of my statements - i have said "likely" - not absolutely - let me have my bubble!

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Ah., backing off now, eh.,?

Posted by: danni (inactive) Report abuse
Tonks love put your dummy back in, I chose to agree with Nicola cos she's my friend and I felt like it. Plus she is a very good archeologist

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Being an archaeologist is irrelevant. In fact, her being an archaeologist, she should be more in keeping with Roman Britain than to promote something which is only a supposition rather than important recorded evidence.

Posted by: danni (inactive) Report abuse
go cook a pizza

Posted by: nicola (3236)  Report abuse
I'll default on a technicality I would still like to believe it was here, but Tonks if you had actually answered my question in the first place and given either of your sources as Ian Miller or David Shotter then it would have been dealt with quicker (i've had a weekend of quick reading! ), BUT you never answered my question so ner ner to you Tonks, who was ducking the issue there!!

Danni - Wiggin was probably a staging post or resources depot type place - but I will remain to live in hope for the "Coccium - Please Drive Carefully" sign (which i am currently working on in the shed, but i'm not much of a stone mason!)

Posted by: black staff (inactive) Report abuse
Did they decide what type of building the hypocaust system belonged to?

I am no expert by any means, but the site looks perfect for a bath house, with the Douglas close by... running its original course. I walked Hadrian's Wall in 2007 and we visited a few forts... and the bath houses always stood on a hill above a river. Maybe Wigan began as a Vicus to the fort?

EDIT: Just done a bit of searching, I see it was a bath house.

Posted by: danni (inactive) Report abuse
and did they have bath houses at staging posts?

Posted by: black staff (inactive) Report abuse
Not too sure on that to be honest, but I have read that three Roman roads met in the Wigan area, if that is true it would have more than a staging post I reckon. It would have been a trading post as well perhaps, and yes... maybe a place to get drunk and get laid. That alone would suggest a military presence, it would after all be the Roman Soldier who was the customer. They would also administer the roads if other places are anything to go by.

A bath house is usually in a fairly high status site I understand?

Posted by: nicola (3236)  Report abuse
It may have formed part of a Mansio - rest-up place, ale house, bath, B+B that type of thing..

Posted by: compingnut (54) Report abuse
OK weapons down. I know I have mainly kept out of the argument because up to now I have been ignorant of the facts. I realise the Paddy Gore School of Rome has its limitations. One last question- What Roman artefac will be found next and where?

Posted by: empress (9667)   Report abuse
If artifacts are found its likely it will be kept quiet , lets face it, nothing stops more eyesores being built in Wigan regardless of its historical importance . I'd love it to be proved to be Coccium one day.

Posted by: mswigan (inactive) Report abuse
Can you believe they built over Roman remains to build the Grand Arcade and also in the Wiend.

Posted by: mojim (1679) Report abuse
Don't that just sound like Wigan officials...anything of historical interest...just get rid of it...I wouldn't pay em with washers.

Posted by: dr wat (inactive) Report abuse
tonker so the Romans where here for 400 years they kept well away from Ashton and Haydock

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
The Roman's are believed to have travelled northerly from Warrington.

With Haydock and Ashton being north of Warrington and south of Wigan, it follows that the Romans were in Haydock and Ashton before they got to Wigan. Clearly!


Posted by: dr wat (inactive) Report abuse
no they came from Manchester and missed them out

Posted by: bennyball (15)  Report abuse
Most major towns and citys are built on historical remains, if we didnt we would just have lots of big holes with odd shaped pieces of stone sticking out. Only the very high status historical sites are kept for posterity.

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
A bit of a sensible comment there, from that Standish lad. He's clearly not a Wiganer!

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Anyroadup, one of my mates, over in Spain, is an archaeologist (of some standing). I told him about Nicola and Wigan Archaeology Group arguing with me, all them years ago. He just laughed!

Posted by: MarieM (5424) Report abuse
When I go passed the Moon Under Water and look up the Wiend. If you can imagine when there were no buildings, the Romans would have been able to see for miles in all directions. Tonker, let your mate laugh

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
M, Wigan is in a hole, surrounded all round by higher ground. It follows that nobody could see "for miles" in any direction!

My mate, Rogan, is an authority on archaeology but mainly in paleontology. He agrees with me on most things!

Posted by: baker boy (14464) Report abuse
wigan is in a hole,an interesting observation.
my theory is the douglas played a big part in choosing coccium as a hill fort.its quite possible it went round two or three sides of coccium.

Posted by: MarieM (5424) Report abuse
tonker, ask your mate where was he stood when he was in a hole in Wigan town centre near where the Wiend and Coccium was.

 
 
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