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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 30th January, 2012)

Musket


Musket
Discovered near Pyke Street, Whelley believed to date back to the Battle of Wigan Lane (1651).

Photo: David Devine  (Canon Coolpix S6100)
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Comment by: Julie on 30th January 2012 at 00:10

Well that's different...

Comment by: Mick on 30th January 2012 at 03:34

Remember they used to have something like this in a cabinet in Haigh Hall

Comment by: Helen on 30th January 2012 at 08:35

I was going to say exactly the same Julie !

A very interesting find. Where will I find information about the Battle of Wigan lLane ?

Comment by: Fred Mason on 30th January 2012 at 10:09

Nice one, David. Where you the one that found it?

Comment by: Janice on 30th January 2012 at 11:11

Try wikipedia Helen - copy and paste the link below. Very interesting picture. That's what is interesting about Wigan. for a smallish town it has a great history.
http://www.google.co.uk/ig?brand=smsn&bmod=smsn

Comment by: Brian on 30th January 2012 at 11:18

Hi Helen
There is a small booklet:-
The Battle of Wigan Lane
This is a reprint of chapter 3 from volume 2 of David Sinclaires "History of Wigan"
My copy says Smiths Books 1987.
Sorry no ISBN number.
Worth seeking out.Must have got my when it was the reai Smiths bookshop.

Comment by: tricia on 30th January 2012 at 12:30

Helen I just googled 'English Civil War, Battle of Wigan Lane' and it brought lots of interesting stuff up.
Do you remember the monument on Wigan Lane?

Comment by: incer71 on 30th January 2012 at 14:59

its a rifle isnt it?

Comment by: Barry K on 30th January 2012 at 18:20

Hi Dave, Very intersting, Did you find the rifle whilst Metal detecting, Houses now built on some of Battle site,

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 30th January 2012 at 22:02

Thats different from birds and water pictures rather have the others though. good bit of history to read up on.

Comment by: davidjdevine@btinternet.com on 31st January 2012 at 09:20

It Isn't a rifle muskets are smooth bore.
No Fred,a friend found it while having some building work done.
there was also the skeleton of a horse buried near it.

Comment by: Bren on 31st January 2012 at 19:14

FACINATING !! was it somewhere near the school ?

Comment by: p turner on 1st February 2012 at 23:46

Well i'll be blown thats amazing, very interesting. What do they plan to do with it? Would the horse have been a soldiers horse. Thankyou for the very interesting photo.

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