To read a graphic account of this accident  click here
Though just outside the Wigan boundry this  monument in Westhoughton Parish Churchyard is a poignient reminder of the terrible price local miners paid, wresting coal from the bowels of the earth.
It commemerates the  344 men and boys who perished in the Pretoria Pit disaster at the Hulton Collieries, following an explosion, on the 21st. of December 1910
In the Wigan area alone between 1868 and 1881 (13 years) in just 12 local pits, 515 miners were killed.
In  Wigan's Maypole Pit Disaster, in August, 1908, 76 men lost their lives.
In living memory, an accident at Golborne Colliery in 1979 cost 10 lives .
To read the monument inscription click here

A pre Galleres picture looking towards Market Street from Parsons Walk, the huge pithead winding wheel in front of the college came from a colliery at Leigh.
Pit winding wheel outside Wigan College of Technology,
Looking over to the clock tower of the old Wigan Grammer School, now converted ( 2002 ) into a superb out-patients department for Wigan Infirmary.
When Wiganers go to Wembley for the Challenge Cup they know how to dress for the occasion.
As shown by this group of friends and neighbours from the Valley Road area of Pemberton.
The match was Wigan versus Widnes in 1984.
Central Park. Home of Wigan Rugby League Club for almost a century. It's revered turf was graced by some of the greatest names in Rugby League, the peerless fullback Jim Sullivan, local lad Ken Gee, the greatest prop ever. mercurial Ces Mountford, and the much loved Billy Boston,  king of wingers,  and still living locally, and so many more. It is said Wigan have amassed more points, scored more tries, kicked more goals, and appeared in front of more spectators than any other RL club in the world.
It holds the record for a Rugby League league match attendance of  47.747, against St. Helens on  Good Friday. 27/04/59
Now demolished and the site of Tesco's Superstore.
Wigan now play at the JJB Stadium at Robin Park, which they share with Soccer counterparts Wigan Athletic.






.."and Wigan lost.!"
Dusk on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Gathurst locks
A closer shot of the mill steam engine within Trencherfield Mill. Click on the picture to see a larger image.
Trencherfield cotton mill built 1907, becomes Macintosh's Textiles, for the BBC TV series, Clocking Off.
Uncle Joe's Mint Balls formed as the toffee mixture passes between the machine rollers.
The Commonwealth Games Baton  carried through Pemberton on the day the Games opened. The building in the background is the White Swan public house.
St. Thomas's Church, Ashton in Makerfield, situated just a few hundred yards from Haydock Park Racecourse.
A Good Friday picture of St. Oswald's Church, Ashton in Makerfield. It contains a venerated relic, the hand of the Venerable Edmund Arrowsmith, a Catholic martyr.1585-1628
Wigan Photo Album Page 3
Colour photos and comments by Jim Farrell
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A Wigan postman of 1891
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This pretty young girl in her summer dress and hat, is the late Jenny Parkinson, ( nee Hughes ). Her grandfather was 'Owd Tom Hughes, the famous Wigan cyclist, and her uncle, his son Tom, who had the Tom Hughes cycle shop in Mesnes Street. The little girl is my wife.
Photograph taken in the 1930's.
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Central Park. Home of Wigan Rugby League Club for almost a century. It's revered turf was graced by some of the greatest names in Rugby League, the peerless fullback Jim Sullivan, local lad Ken Gee, the greatest prop ever. mercurial Ces Mountford, and the much loved Billy Boston,  king of wingers,  and still living locally, and so many more. It is said Wigan have amassed more points, scored more tries, kicked more goals, and appeared in front of more spectators than any other RL club in the world.
It holds the record for a Rugby League league match attendance of  47.747, against St. Helens on  Good Friday. 27/04/59
Now demolished and the site of Tesco's Superstore.
Wigan now play at the JJB Stadium at Robin Park, which they share with Soccer counterparts Wigan Athletic.


When Wiganers go to Wembley for the Challenge Cup they know how to dress for the occasion.
As shown by this group of friends and neighbours from the Valley Road area of Pemberton.
The match was Wigan versus Widnes in 1984.
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Pit winding wheel outside Wigan College of Technology,
Looking over to the clock tower of the old Wigan Grammer School, now converted ( 2002 ) into a superb out-patients department for Wigan Infirmary.
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A pre Galleres picture looking towards Market Street from Parsons Walk, the huge pithead winding wheel in front of the college came from a colliery at Leigh.
Though just outside the Wigan boundry this  monument in Westhoughton Parish Churchyard is a poignient reminder of the terrible price local miners paid, wresting coal from the bowels of the earth.
It commemerates the  344 men and boys who perished in the Pretoria Pit disaster at the Hulton Collieries, following an explosion, on the 21st. of December 1910
In the Wigan area alone between 1868 and 1881 (13 years) in just 12 local pits, 515 miners were killed.
In  Wigan's Maypole Pit Disaster, in August, 1908, 76 men lost their lives.
In living memory, an accident at Golborne Colliery in 1979 cost 10 lives .
To read the monument inscription click here

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To read a graphic account of this accident  click here