I live in 9/10 Brocstedes Cottage, which is off Drummers Lane. I am really interested in the history of the Cottages and the immediate surrounding area.
I have spent some time with a Miss Emma Cunliffe who lives on Booth's Brow Road. Her incredible memory has got me thinking about things I have heard in the past about this old house and I was wondering if anyone had any information, anecdotal or otherwise.
Fred (Frederick) Kay lived here once. I believe he may have been instrumental in helping set up Wigan Little Theatre? He was something of a 'Dandy' apparently :)
It may have been due to this Fred character that the following people have stayed here:
The Wright Brother's (I have heard this off 2 reliable people)
After Fred Kay owned here, Dougie Joynson?? then owned it for a time with his (partner??) Biddy? She was tiny apparently and we still have a small chair that was specifically made for her.
Then apparently Dougie dropped dead outside Holy Trinity Church on Rectory Road, which was near 'Pig Street'
During all of this Hannah Barnes seemed to have lived next door at number 11. I knew her personally growing up.
I would also like any informtion on my Mum- Margaret Halliwell (Nee Cooper) Grandma- Annie Cooper (nee Shaw), My Grandad- Harold Cooper whom I sadly never knew, and also 'Harry Shaw'. I think he was Annie Shaw's Brother.
I do have a couple of photograph's that I will scan in and post when I can get to a scanner.
Bit of rambling post that haha.