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Advert for Wigan Tech.
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An advert for the Wigan Mining and Technical College 1946

Comment by: Josh on 9th May 2013 at 13:22

Those session fees 15 guineas and 20 guineas work out roughly at today's prices at £600 and £800 respectively. Incidentally it states it was founded in 1857, where was it housed at that time I wonder, since they only occupied this building just after 1900, does anyone know?

Comment by: AP on 9th May 2013 at 14:19

£600, & £800 sounds like damn good value for money to me.

Just 1 Hr a week recreational classes at college now seem to work out at around £300 pa.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 9th May 2013 at 21:25

In the W & D M & T C Calendar for 1945-1946 the fees are:-
Intermediate Courses (including
First Medical) 10 guineas per session
Final Courses :
Mining 20 guineas per session
All other Departmnts 15 guineas per session
Other Courses :
Mine Manager`s Course 15 guineas per session
Preliminary Scientific Course)
Secretarial Course )
Handicraft Teacher`s Course )10 guineas per session
Preparatory (Matriculation) )
Course )
Courses in Art School )
Duration of Session 1945-1946
Commence Course Ends
10th Sept Preparatory 31st May
(Final Arts and Science 7th June
(Intermediate Mining and
( Engineering 21st June
(All other Full-time courses 28th June

Comment by: AP on 10th May 2013 at 23:29


Prior to 1903, it was known as Wigan Mechanics Institute.

If this is the same thing as 'Wigan Mechanics Institution', then it was located on King Street.

details from here:


Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 11th May 2013 at 10:28

AP: What a website you`ve given!
Found Wigan and Haigh Curling Club.
Found a list of English and Welsh Historical Curling places.
extract with part info:-
0055 Wigan 1889 yearbook has curling at Martland Mill Bridge.…
0066 Haigh Hall Pond of Wigan and Haigh curling club.

Wigan Archive Service have documents of Haigh Estate, one of them:-
D/D Hai/C2/1869/167 30 Jul. 1869
Mr. Robert Gibson, Secretary to the Haigh Curling Club to Mr. James Wood. Informs Mr. Wood that they had received a notice from Mr. Knowles stating that if they flooded the curling pond again they would be liable to pay a rent of £10. 10s. 0d. per annum.

Comment by: AP on 11th May 2013 at 11:37

PS This is currently being offered for sale on eBay.

The 'advertisement', that is, NOT the College!

Comment by: AP on 12th May 2013 at 11:48

In 1965, the Tech published a book about its history.

Details are:

'To Wigan-a college: A short history of the Wigan and District Mining and Technical College from its beginnings in 1857 to the present day.'
S. J Smith

I have not been able to obtain a copy, and I am no-longer local. However, I would be surprised if the College Library itself does nor keep a copy.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 31st May 2013 at 08:33

AP re your comment on 12th May 2013. Have read the book which was published in 1965 and has 26 type written pages but no photo`s, in Wigan History Shop yesterday.
Made a few notes:-
New bldg.opened 12 Jan.1903 by the Countess of Crawford.
In 1917 a Junior Commercial College started.
After 1918, in peace time, the first complete 3 year course of one day trades (Junior Technical) school was in operation.
New extnsion opened 13 June 1928 by Rt. Hon. Viscount Crawford.
1928. College song given by the Principal, Frederick James Harlow.
On Sat. 8th May 1936, the new College Athletic Ground at Standish Lower Ground was brought into use after an informal opening ceremony.
1937-38. The Athletic Ground increased by buying 2 more fields, making 27 acres and named `Christopher Park` in honour of a generous benefactor.
New Pavilion on Athletic Ground: 1st sod cut 22nd May 1939 by Earl of Crawford and Balcarres. Was declared open 21st June 1941.
New County College built on the Rectory site and on 21st Oct. 1954, Queen Elisabeth 11 opened this new extension known as `John McCurdy Hall`. It cost £300,000.

Comment by: Stephen Smith on 27th August 2013 at 13:16

The College used to be housed in a tin building roughly where the library is today. It was called the Old Tin Tabernackel.

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