Wigan World

Started by: fred mason (2830) 

What do/did you like about the World of Wigan?

I love the history of my town, especially the Roman connection.

I also like the times in the 1950's/60's when I worked in the old market hall.

The people of Wigan have been expressed as very friendly...embarrassingly so. I have a cut out of an old Lancashire Life Magazine that says this. We are all proud to be friendly Wiganers.

Started: 10th May 2019 at 19:02
Last edited by fred mason: 16th May 2019 at 19:34:09

Posted by: berylh (2075)

The very rich history of Wigan and it's surrounding towns and villages, also my roots go back many years, one branch I have traced back to 1600's particularly around Orrell.

Replied: 11th May 2019 at 21:28

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

I loved catching the train down to London every few weeks

Replied: 11th May 2019 at 23:23

Posted by: Anne (3932) 

I like the amazement of people having being misled for years about the place, e.g. last summer friends brought a friend of theirs to visit and she was surprised at the size of the town centre. Bigger and more interesting than expected.
How long will it remain interesting?

Replied: 12th May 2019 at 08:22

Posted by: momac (11615) 

It's lovely when people find long relatives..ancestry etc,it's also lovely to get
to know people even though you'll probably never meet them,having said
that I now meet up with people that I got to know through WW..long may it

Replied: 12th May 2019 at 10:16

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

Well said, Mo...

I have found long lost relatives and very dear friends on here.

Replied: 12th May 2019 at 17:42

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

It takes a lot of stick from the critics but I actually like Wigan Market.

Replied: 12th May 2019 at 18:02

Posted by: tonker (23586) 

"I love the history of my town" - said Fred.

"The very rich history of Wigan" - said Beryl.

But, you wouldn't think Wigan had any history worth bothering about when the 'History of Wigan' board has had just ONE POST this year!

Replied: 13th May 2019 at 22:32

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

Ah, Thanks for that, Tonks, Ould mate...

Guess the interest must be elsewhere...

Replied: 14th May 2019 at 16:47

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

Nostalgia rules in Wigan. But that's the same as history init.

Replied: 14th May 2019 at 17:35

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

Spot on, i-spy...

I believe there are lots of comments out there regarding nostalgia....and our history.....!!!!

Replied: 14th May 2019 at 18:07

Posted by: Anne (3932) 

In about an hour I will be having more feedback from friends of friends who will have spent the morning viewing the delights of Wigan. These are Londoners so won't expect them to be surprised at the size of the place but I will expect them to be hungry and ready for "lunch".

Replied: 15th May 2019 at 12:08

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

The closeness and the peace and beauty of the local countryside, Dean Wood, Porters Wood, Gathurst as well as Haigh Hall and many other areas nearby.

You don't have to travel far for lovely countryside.

Replied: 16th May 2019 at 19:35

Posted by: aussie94 (2384)

born and bred in Scholes. But lived the last 45 years in Sydney. Always a St Pats lad.

Replied: 20th May 2019 at 11:35

Posted by: MarieM (5563)

Fred I remember nearly every winter when we went ice skating on the pond at the bottom of greenwood ave and when we used to go cutting branches in Kings Wood with saws and axes for bonfire night. What would Health and Safety think of that today.

Replied: 24th May 2019 at 18:27

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

I hate to think, Marie. Those days were so simple and therefore precious.

I lived at 37 Montrose Avenue in the early 50's, (Aged 5-6) and was scared to death when some cows came down Greenwood Ave and walked right past our house. I vividly remember hiding behind our front brick wall until they had passed.

Oh, the memories.

Replied: 24th May 2019 at 18:46

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

They still terrify me fred - I'm off like a shot if there are any in the field when I'm walking the dog

Replied: 26th Jun 2019 at 17:05

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

I heard that they tend to attack a person with a dog, i-spy. My neighbour has a friend who was attacked some years ago and is now in a wheelchair.

Replied: 26th Jun 2019 at 19:03

Posted by: Anne (3932) 

Some years ago when my hubby was alive we were getting ready for bed when we became convinced there was an attempted break in downstairs. We crept down, hubby said "When I switch the light on you draw the curtains fast." I did so and stood almost nose to nose with a big brown cow. It and several others had broken through and were happily sampling fallen apples. Took us and the farmer all night to persuade them to leave.

Replied: 26th Jun 2019 at 19:31

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

Replied: 26th Jun 2019 at 20:02

Posted by: MarieM (5563)


We used to be able to play Rounders and Hopscotch in the road in Montrose Avenue when we were little because there were hardly any cars then. Happy days.


Replied: 4th Jul 2019 at 09:52

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

Yes, Marie...and football as well, ....and...our neighbours never complained either.

What freedom we had back then.

Replied: 4th Jul 2019 at 19:08

Posted by: Anne (3932) 

Did anyone play French cricket and statues? Again played in streets without traffic.

Replied: 4th Jul 2019 at 19:19

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

Never heard of those games, tell...

Replied: 5th Jul 2019 at 20:43

Posted by: Anne (3932) 

Why it was called French cricket remains a mystery to me and no doubt others. One person stood inside a chalked circle about the size of a manhole cover (a convenient one was used on occasions) The "in" person was equiped with a tennis racquet and had to defend legs below the knees from other players throwing a ball from any direction without stepping outside the circle. Any number of people could play. The next one "in" was the thrower to hit the defender below the knees or forced the defender to put even a toe outside the circle. As can be imagined there were numerous disputes, some quite serious.
Statues was played from one side of the street to the other. One person called the blind man turning his/her back to the others on one side of the street whilst the others attempted to reach the kerb of the blind man Without warning the blind man would suddenly turn at which every one froze in position thus becoming a statue. Anyone caught moving would be "out" the winner of course would be the one to reach the blind mans kerb and become the blind man. There are most likely other local names for these games.

Replied: 5th Jul 2019 at 21:52

Posted by: winnie (1347) 

i use Wigan World every day for my family research

Replied: 6th Jul 2019 at 17:32

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Replied: 6th Jul 2019 at 21:02

Posted by: Anne (3932) 

You could be right priscus.... maybe even encourage my second childhood. How we all loved those and other street games.

Replied: 6th Jul 2019 at 21:35

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

I was a matchbox rugby man and scored more tries than Billy Boston

Replied: 7th Jul 2019 at 20:16

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

Just seen some old photos of Pem in 1967...Wow...what memories of times past.

Replied: 13th Jul 2019 at 21:59

Posted by: basil brush (16540)

Gods place

Replied: 14th Jul 2019 at 10:33

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

French cricket is so called after the French cut in cricket, a bad cut shot which can allow to get the other batsman out.

Replied: 15th Jul 2019 at 18:39

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

Oh and it's mocking the French too because they didn't or don't play cricket, not sure if they do now.

Replied: 15th Jul 2019 at 18:42

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

They Like chucking balls about

Replied: 16th Jul 2019 at 16:11

Posted by: TerryW (6276)


Replied: 16th Jul 2019 at 19:31

Posted by: broady (16903) 

Or petanque even.

Replied: 17th Jul 2019 at 02:28

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

Snail racing could be the future

Replied: 5th Aug 2019 at 17:38

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

Well frog racing is out!

Replied: 4th Oct 2019 at 11:02

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

Fred - where are you

Replied: 14th Mar 2020 at 17:12

Posted by: tonker (23586) 

Replied: 14th Mar 2020 at 21:15

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

Been busy, but some smashing comments above.

Just to add that I have lived in many places both abroad and in Britain and always said that there is no better place to be than Lancashire.

Replied: 21st Mar 2020 at 08:22

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

Good to hear from you

Replied: 21st Mar 2020 at 13:32

Posted by: fred mason (2830) 

Replied: 21st Mar 2020 at 19:36

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3636) 

It is a very true comment when people say wiganers are ,warm,friendly and as straight as a dye. As for myself a few years back i thought that my time on earth was over ,but i pulled thro with the help of family and friends and when i was able to get back on the WW site i was completely humbled to the nice and sincere comment from what i regard now as my friends i cannot tell you how it made me feel, i too have had the privilege to travel abroad but the most endearing feeling is that when i return to
GOOD OWD WIGAN may it be like that for ever .G.B

Replied: 10th Jan 2021 at 15:13

Posted by: tonker (23586) 

I don't live there. I never have lived there. Very much like most people on here. Bizarre!

Replied: 10th Jan 2021 at 17:32


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