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Round House in Whelley
Started by: jo anne (32703)   Report abuse
Does anyone know anything about an ancient Round House in Whelley? (Also posted on Places)

This is what I've found so far via Google:

Why were Roundhouse Sidings so called? Was there ever a roundhouse in that area? (link):

While I could find old railwaymen who knew where this location was*, none could recall a loco shed, except a very old and tiny one which would have held a small tank engine. (* OS Grid Ref: 359639,406405).

And that's where the answer lay!

There was once a "Round House", dating from ancient times, on the old highway from Wigan to what later became Horwich. A colliery was eventually sunk near here with two shafts, named Round House No. 1 and No. 2. No. 1 shaft was connected to the Wigan - Horwich highway via a tram road while No. 2 shaft had another tramroad leading down to the Leeds - Liverpool canal. Eventually, after the main line railway later known as the Whelley line was built nearby, both Nos 1 & 2 pits were connected via a short branch line which terminated at a small marshalling yard known as 'Roundhouse Sidings'.

Posted by: jo anne (32703)   Report abuse
A slight tangent, but does anyone know if this still exists?

38. Replica Iron Age Roundhouse at Greenslate Farm, Orrell. Constructed as a joint venture in 1986 between Wigan Education Dept & the Archaeology Unit at Manchester University.

Links: issuu.com / capitadiscovery.co.uk

Posted by: kathy (283)  Report abuse
There is a place called Roundhouse located at 114 Whelley in THE WIGAN STREETS on here. I remember Roundhouse Avenue in Whelley when I lived there but not sure of the exact location

Posted by: kathy (283)  Report abuse
I just looked at a map and Roundhouse Avenue was behind the garage in Whelley opposite Bradshaw St

Posted by: jo anne (32703)   Report abuse
Thanks for that information, Kathy.

Posted by: pippa (118) Report abuse
Known as The Mount estate at Whelley was called The Roundhouse Estate when it was built

Posted by: gaffer (6334)   Report abuse
1848 map

Posted by: tuddy (1058) Report abuse
The Roundhouse was located on the site of the petrol station in Whelley. It was demolished around the early seventies.

Posted by: lectriclegs (3900) Report abuse
Which petrol station?

Posted by: tuddy (1058) Report abuse
The petrol station is on the right hand side as you travel up Whelley towards New Springs. It's between Highfield Avenue and St Stephen's Avenue.

Posted by: aussie94 (2346) Report abuse
joanne , do you know where Whelly got its name from?


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