Wiganers at Work

Building merchant

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Foreman Peter Fairhurst (wearing the trilby) with his fellow workmen
Foreman Peter Fairhurst (wearing the trilby) with his fellow workmen
Photo: Linsey Fairhurst
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My grandfather was born in Wigan in 1887 and began work aged 12 in a pawnbroker's. He became an apprentice bricklayer and was foreman by the age of 18. By 21 he had begun to invest in post war building of houses and could lay 300 bricks in less than 50 minutes (aged 58). He went on to become Mayor of Blackpool in 1952, but never forgot his roots

Comment by: James Hanson on 5th December 2020 at 17:13

Linsey, did your grandfather end up living in the I.o.M. by any chance?

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