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Wigan Local History & Heritage Society

Started by: jo anne (34128) 

Monday 14th Feb, 7pm
At Real Crafty, Upper Dicconson St, Wigan

The Most Calamitous of Times - Wigan During the English Civil War Period



More info:
Facebook / www.wiganlocalhistory.org

More talks: YouTube
Previous thread: Sep 2020 - Jul 2021

Started: 3rd Feb 2022 at 14:43

Posted by: ena malcup (1120) 

Loyal to a King who was in turn totally disloyal to his subjects: what does that say about us?

Replied: 3rd Feb 2022 at 15:31

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (9671)

The Annie Mossity, between Wigan and Leigh goes back to the English Civil war, when the Lobby people, supported Cromwell, instead of the King

Replied: 3rd Feb 2022 at 15:41

Posted by: ena malcup (1120) 

Incy Mossity, maybe. I don't dig it, but I gather they did.

Replied: 3rd Feb 2022 at 17:38

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

An intriguing tweet by the Society - @wiganlocalhist1:

“During the English Civil Wars, Wigan was said to be Loyal to the King, but was it, and what price did the town pay?”

Replied: 3rd Feb 2022 at 19:28

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Wigan during the English Civil War Period
By Jim Meehan
Filmed + recorded live by C Fox

YouTube Link

The Society’s next talk is on Mon 14th March, 7pm at Real Crafty

Replied: 17th Feb 2022 at 10:45

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

@WiganLocalHist1:
Wigan has many fine heritage buildings. Sadly, some are ‘At Risk’. Spotlight on Blundell Memorial in Alexandra Park.

Who was Blundell?



Read all about it:
www.wiganbuildings.co.uk

Replied: 17th Feb 2022 at 11:10

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

The society now has a dedicated YouTube channel and it’s free to subscribe. (Fb)

Wigan Local History & Heritage Society Talks: YouTube Channel

Society Membership
“If you are interested in becoming a member of the society you’ll be very welcome. Online membership is also available. The subscription fee is £10 a year, see here for the benefits“: Link



Application Form: Link

Replied: 26th Feb 2022 at 11:10
Last edited by jo anne: 26th Feb 2022 at 11:20:59

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 



Care of Friendless Girls and Unmarried Mothers in Wigan 1884 -1934

Tue 8th Mar, 1pm - 2pm
Leigh Town Hall - Link

Between 1884 and 1934 homes such as St Margaret's in Goose Green were set up to care for women and girls deemed 'vulnerable', to provide shelter for them.

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 14:36

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Mon 14th March, 7pm
Real Crafty, Upper Dicconson St, Wigan

A History of Wigan Cinemas
By John Gostellow




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Replied: 10th Mar 2022 at 07:32

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

The Museum of Wigan Life on Library St, Wigan is well worth a visit, as is Leigh Town Hall for the Archives: Wigan and Leigh Exhibition.

Info: www.wigan.gov.uk


Wigan and Leigh Archives Online
Photographic and collections website

archives.wigan.gov.uk

Replied: 10th Mar 2022 at 08:26

Posted by: tonker (25246) 

!

Replied: 10th Mar 2022 at 09:50

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

I was thinking of you, Tonker, as I posted ‘Wigan and Leigh’, and should have added this caveat: if you visit any of the exhibitions watch your blood pressure.

Replied: 10th Mar 2022 at 10:13

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

@WiganLocalHist1:



Article - Link

Replied: 13th Mar 2022 at 11:31

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Cinemas of Wigan Talk is now on YouTube

Replied: 16th Mar 2022 at 11:34

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Wigan U3A now meet at:

Wigan Cricket Club,
Bull Hey, Parson’s Walk, Wigan

Speaker's Meeting
Wed 4th May, 10.30am

The History of Haigh Hall
By Geoff Brown

More info: u3asites.org.uk/wigan / Facebook

Replied: 16th Mar 2022 at 11:40

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Museum of Wigan Life
FREE lunchtime building & permanent exhibition tour



• Wed 4th May, 12noon (Sold Out)
• Wed 6th Jul, 12noon
• Wed 7th Sep, 12noon
• Wed 2nd Nov, 12noon

Link: Eventbrite


Talk on Alfred Waterhouse
By Sean Jinks (Link)

Sat 7th May, 12pm - 1pm
Museum of Wigan Life, Library St, WN1 1NU

Alfred Waterhouse was an English architect particularly associated with the Victorian Gothic Revival style of architecture. He designed many celebrated buildings including Manchester Town Hall and Natural History Museum, but did you know he also left his mark on Wigan? Join local historian Sean Jinks for this fascinating talk where he will bring to life the man, his beautiful buildings, and his links to the Museum of Wigan Life.

£2.50, includes tea or coffee
Booking essential
Ring 01942 8281288 or email wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk

Replied: 19th Mar 2022 at 16:05

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Coalopolis – Wigan’s Mining Heritage
By Alan Davies

Thu 21st April, 12pm - 1pm
Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, WN1 1NU

In the late 19th century Wigan took on the title ’Coalopolis’. It was the most important coal mining town in the world with 700 years of developing mining methods, technical advances and mining education. In 1863 the borough had 48 collieries operating and by 1912, a total of 31,932 men and women were employed in the industry. At the time of nationalisation in 1947, 34 mines remained with its last deep mines Bickershaw and Parsonage in Leigh, closing in 1992. Join Alan Davies for this fascinating talk to find out more about Wigan’s amazing mining heritage.

£2.50, includes tea or coffee
Booking essential
Ring 01942 8281288 or email wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk

Replied: 19th Mar 2022 at 16:10

Posted by: tonker (25246) 

"In the late 19th century Wigan took on the title ’Coalopolis’. It was the most important coal mining town in the world "

What a load of absolute rubbish. If Alan Davies gives a talk on this claim, he should be hung, drawn and quartered on Believe Square!
It's a pack of lies and incorrect information.



Replied: 19th Mar 2022 at 16:45

Posted by: Platty (1347)

You are very right.
What does Jonathan Creek know about industrial towns? He comes from Chingford.

But, (joking apart) Tonks, I agree. Would you like to "hook up" (never known what that means but showing I'm down there with it) and go and heckle from the back?

Replied: 19th Mar 2022 at 17:08

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Jonathan Creek indeed!

Sorry, Tonker, I don’t know who’s behind the write up, but Alan Davies is a mine of local information & I’m sure it will be a very interesting talk.

Replied: 19th Mar 2022 at 17:16

Posted by: Platty (1347)

"... is a mine...." ha ha ha....

Oh, jo anne, you are hilarious.

Replied: 19th Mar 2022 at 17:35

Posted by: tonker (25246) 

Replied: 19th Mar 2022 at 17:47
Last edited by tonker: 19th Mar 2022 at 17:56:45

Posted by: Platty (1347)

Thank you Tonks.

Replied: 19th Mar 2022 at 17:49

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

“Ince Township” - on the old map Tonker linked to - those were the days!

Replied: 19th Mar 2022 at 17:52

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

gerrumonside! Exhibition
Museum of Wigan Life

Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm, & it's free! Family friendly, jam packed with objects from all aspects of the game & there's even a mini stadium.


@WiganMuseum

gerrumonside! FREE Exhibition Tour

• Wed 6th Apr, 12 noon
• Wed 1st Jun, 12 noon
• Wed 3rd Aug, 12 noon
• Wed 5th Oct, 12 noon

Link: Eventbrite

Replied: 21st Mar 2022 at 16:49

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Wigan Rugby Heritage Society officially launches this weekend

Sat 2nd April, 10am - 4pm
Museum of Wigan Life



Pop in to find out more (Link)

Replied: 31st Mar 2022 at 10:30

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

@WiganCivicTrust Members Meeting
Mon 25th April, 7.30pm
Deanery School, Frog Lane

Talk by David Proctor
Wigan Town Centre - ‘A Sustainable and Vibrant Future’
On the regeneration of our historic town centre and how the town is evolving to meet the changing needs of our community

Mr Proctor is Acting Assistant Director Growth and housing

Free parking at the school

www.wigancivictrust.uk

Replied: 5th Apr 2022 at 20:55

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

A talk recently added to YouTube: Link

Replied: 22nd Apr 2022 at 23:48

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

An interesting response to John’s presentation from Eric Curless: Link

Replied: 22nd Apr 2022 at 23:57

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

*Today - Mon 25th Apr, 7.30pm*

Talk by David Proctor
Wigan Town Centre - ‘A Sustainable and Vibrant Future’

Deanery School, all welcome!

www.wigancivictrust.uk

Replied: 25th Apr 2022 at 11:46

Posted by: admin (1213)

I went, never got further than talking about the New Development. To be honest I felt sorry for the guy as he was inundated with questions he couldn't answer I asked if the rumors that were going around that the Chinese had pulled out of the development were true By his demeanor and angry answer, that He didn't answer questions about rumours from market traders led every one to think they are in fact true??? If not why didnt he just say THEY ARE JUST RUMOURS ??? Lets wait and see. I think the council should now make a statement. to either confirm or deny these rumours.

Replied: 26th Apr 2022 at 17:24

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (9671)

Here Here

Replied: 26th Apr 2022 at 19:26

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

I agree!

Museum of Wigan Life Tour
Wed 4th May, 10.30am - 11.30am (Link)



Also Wed 6th July, 7th Sep

Booking link: Eventbrite

Replied: 29th Apr 2022 at 09:21

Posted by: admin (1213)

jo anne are you employed by the council? if so whats your job? You appear to be the main source of council information<g>

Replied: 29th Apr 2022 at 12:07

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

No, just a social media busybody really, Admin.

Replied: 29th Apr 2022 at 12:42

Posted by: admin (1213)

Booked my ticket for the Library Tour.

Replied: 29th Apr 2022 at 19:15

Posted by: ena malcup (1120) 

jo-anne,

Just going back to the Civil War: wasn't Ince on the opposing side to Wigan?

I stand to be corrected, but I thought that the Parliamentary Ditch (Front line, close to Ince Moss) separated the two.

Replied: 29th Apr 2022 at 19:37

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Sorry, Ena M, I’m not well up on that history, but it does sound intriguing.

Local Life - Wigan - May 2022 is out now and it’s a really great read: Link

On p.58 - 61, there’s an interesting local history article: ‘The Tale of William Tipping’ by Nicola Gray.

Replied: 30th Apr 2022 at 14:16

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Talk by Brian Groom
Mon 9th May, 7pm
At Real Crafty, Upper Dicconson St



More info: Facebook

Replied: 6th May 2022 at 23:32

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Brian Groom’s talk is now on the Society’s YouTube Channel:

Northerners: A History

Replied: 10th May 2022 at 22:00

Posted by: ena malcup (1120) 

The book is one of the recommendations which Amazon sent to me.

Apparently number three in 'The Times' best seller list.

A bit expensive: even the Kindle version is a tenner.

I am a bit warry though: Historians usually offer a distorted interpretation of the past, and when journalists do so, it is too easy to be seduced into believing things about which it is wise to be more circumspect.

Replied: 10th May 2022 at 22:30

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

As they say, Ena, never let the facts get in the way of a good history.

@ArchiveWigLeigh (17th May):

Articles wanted for the next edition of Past Forward, up to 1,000 words and can include images, deadline 17th June (Facebook)


Replied: 25th May 2022 at 18:15

Posted by: Platty (1347)

That's Tonks, back right.

Replied: 25th May 2022 at 18:24

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Mon 13th June, 7pm, at Real Crafty - Link

Pony Dick: A lost community between Winstanley and Wigan
By Derek Winstanley

All welcome and free of charge

Replied: 11th Jun 2022 at 14:38

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Replied: 27th Jun 2022 at 10:09

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Wigan u3a at Wigan Cricket Club



Upcoming Local History Talks (10.30am)

Wed Jul 6th Eric Curless
Thomas Linacre & His Famous Contemporaries

Wed Aug 3rd Gwyneth Millard
Great Aunt Eliza

Wed Oct 5th Barbara Lambert
Victorian Chemists and their Cures

Wed Nov 2nd Frank Vignon
The Sixties – A Decade of Decadence – Youth in Revolt

More info: u3asites.org.uk/wigan/events

Replied: 27th Jun 2022 at 10:11

Posted by: jo anne (34128) 

Museum of Wigan Life
More tours added:

gerrumonside! Rugby League Exhibition Tour
• Sat 2nd Jul, 1.30pm
• Sat 15th Oct, 1.30pm

Details: Eventbrite

Replied: 27th Jun 2022 at 10:35

 

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