Ken Born in Wigan lived in Blackrod but all my family came from Wigan spent a lot of my childhood around Darlington St area visit when in England now live in the Netherlands pity they spoiled the old town but wonderful photo`s of Wigan as it now is.
Dorothy. wonderful journey JIm, thanks from a girl who left Wigan over 50 years ago and still calls it home.
Jack well done Jim.nice to see your photos,and lovely music.
RITA BARNES a brilliant and clear photographicf perfection very well illustrated WIGAN THEME the music compliments it thus i also loved your view inside WIGANPARISH CHURCH EXCELLENT JOB you have done us proud
don baker fantastic jim really made me very proud of being a wiganer i used to go to wigan iemp in the fiftys we all used to meet up at the vic next to wallgate station thanks for all the memories that came flooding back if anyone remembers me i am now 81yrs old my tele number is 01353 648486 nr ely cambridge
Jim A blast from the past, an original Wigan Corporation bus in its original livery of cherry and white. Once the main mode of transport for Wiganers', this renovated model is now on private hire.
Bill Devine Trencherfield mill didn't have a weaving shed. My mother was a winder. She worked there in the forties
after the war.We lived in Egerton Street which ran alongside Trencherfield Mill. I lived all my young life in
it's shadow.I live in Preston now. I'm slill proud of my
Trencherfield Mill. I lived all my young life in in it's
shadow. I live in Preston now. But I will always be proud to be a Wiganer.Thanks for the memories.
christine excellent video really enjoyed it .lommra greener
Jim You can access my other shows by clicking on my underlined name. Jim
Jim Wigan's Haigh Hall ( Pro. hay) photographed from three miles away at Kitt Green. The zoom lens makes the quarry behind the hall look close, but it is in fact at Rivington, five miles away.
Jim You can view my other shows at http://photopeach.com/user/Jim
Pem Lad Great nostalgia here after 41years away from "wigin"
Thas made a REET GUD JOB THEE-ER.
pho2art Haven't lived in Wigan for some 30 years - wonderful to see such a professionaly made video.
Sylvia Absolutley Brilliant Jim Lived in Wigan all my life and proud of it,You did a really good job Thank you,
Jim More Wigan shows at my website http://photopeach.com/user/Jim
Jim Not a moan John, viewers input is appreciated, and I have altered the caption in question to reflect your comment.
John Wilkinson Just a little moan :) The seven streets ending in 'gate' are more to do with the Scandinavian word for street than any walled history .
Excellent photography A well composed walk around Wigan
Jim Lord Derby fled the field and was hidden in the Old Dog Inn in the Market Place before being spirited away - he had had three horses killed under him and had three sword slashes across his helmet.
Jim The entrance to the Grand Arcade - this used to be Station Road at its junction with Market Place and Standishgate. What is now a W H Smith shop was once Woolworth's
Jim Looking down Standishgate from the Market Place.
Jim THe Market Place glimpsed from an alley leading to the church gardens.
Jim Wigan Parish Church and war memorial, as seen from Wallgate..
angie lived all my life in wigan and not really appreciated what i nice town it is. but having seen your video i realise its not a bad place after all x
Jim The interior of the church - you can take a detailed tour on my slideshow A Peek Inside Wigan Parish Church - and be amazed at this gem.
Jim The altar and wonderful stained glass window.
Jim The tombs of Sir William Bradshaigh and his wife Lady Mabel - she remarried after he was thought killed in the crusades - for her penance she had to walk barefoot to a cross in Wigan - Mab's Cross.
David Pooke Always wanted to know what Wigan Pier was and now I know. Will visit Wigan when I visit in August 2011 from Tasmania. Great Presentation.
Jim Now taking pride of place in the arcade is a statue of one of Wigan's most famous sons - comedian George Formby. His father was also a comedian and he first referred to Wigan "Pier" as a joke.
Jean Lovely to see your wonderful pictures changed so much since i lived there . Thank you
Jim Thank you everyone for your kind comments. To access my other slideshows of Wigan and its surroundings just click on the underlined Jim at the bottom of this comment.
Jim Wiganers are often referred to as Pie Eaters - here in a Standishgate baker's window is a mouth-watering display of some Wigan favourites - stop weeping you Wigan ex-pats out there!
Paul Currently working in Libya, what a great stroll I have just taken through Wigan on my day off. Makes me realise what a great town Wigan is and like you say not bad for a small town. Excellently put together.
john just brilliant, good for you jim
marie p really enjoyed it well done
Jools Well done Jim. A fantastic bit of work. Wigan is a great place to be.
Allan Brilliant slideshow.It captured the "soul" of Wigan.Welldone.
kenneth horrobin top slideshaw i have a boat on the canel and im thinking of doing 1 just like this thank.s
Culdee Excellent - thanks. I shall send to friends abroad.
Eric R. Memories - recognise some of those shots I have not thought of in fifty years - passing it all on to the family in Canada. Many thanks to my sender, and Jim of course.
Jim And last but not least, just outside the town centre is the DW Stadium home of Wigan Warriors Rugby League team and Premier League side Wigan Athletic. Not bad for a small town - Hope you enjoyed it.
Maureen Great walk, will send to family in America. Well done.
marie very good really enjoyd it
Ann Cronin Santa Ana California A walk down memory lane. Use to live above Conroy and Sons 68 Market Street. Wonderful. Thank you so much.
johnny boy thanks jim lovely pics and music.ex scouser im
all reet now,
Jim The Sir Thomas Tyldesley monument on Wigan Lane - Lord Derby's commander in chief - killed in the Battle of Wigan Lane on the 25th August 1651.
Jim Another view of the Monument - behind the houses the land slopes to the banks of the River Douglas - known locally as The Bloody Mountains - the scene of the battle. The Royalists lost.
Jim Just by the monument is the Fox and Goose pub on Wigan Lane
Kathleen Lots of unknown history unfolded in this slideshow.
Sheal Odee This was so nicely done! I live in the USA but have family history here! It's too costly to travel to England, soThank You for the tour! The music was perfect too! I enjoyerd it very much :)
Barbara Excellent. Brought back many happy memories of Wigan, where I grew up.
danny dewhurst homesick now jim wel done,..
Prayterpieeater Magic owd lad ne`er sin owt like it afore.
Bob All your sites are fantastic. Thanks for the tour of your lovely town.
Mark, Denise & Ben There are many jewels in this little crown of Lancashire!! We especially love the canals and the history they hold.
PAVEL SIBILEV thanks very much mate. good job. best wishes from ukraine. lots of good memories left about your great lovely town. spent two great years in wigan & leigh college 14 years ago. there was a big ukrainian student community back in mid 90th.
alan edwards thanks jim that was fantastic i used to drive a bus when we stopped in libnrarystreet now i live in transylvania it was nice to see the old town
Steve Thanks Jim! I'm Wigan born but now in Holland, so it was good to see my old town, even though it's changed soooo much. Best wishes!
Jim The original Uncle Joe's stall taken in the 1930s
Carol, Geoff Jeff, Jamie and Adam. stunning once again Jim, it is funny how when walking around Wigan we take it for granted. But you make people appreciate what they have on their doorstep for free!!
Aurimas unreal, good job, thanx ;)
Christine North Ashton absolutley fantastic! youv'e done an excellent job,wigan is such a lovely town.
KB Southampton loved the show, feeling homesick.
Alan Dean from an ex-pat living in California - thanks - it's great to see the old town still going strong!!
Geoff Craven What a delight. Thanks. Will have to follow in your footsteps next time we visit from Victoria BC.
liz pettit eventually got to look at all your pictures jim excellent
Alby, Seville vic au That was fabulous for an ex wiganer living in AustraliaBest wishes
elizabeth loved the history of wigan &the glimpse of the market well done Jim now nostalgic for home yet again liz & Tom NZ
Jim This is the way the old barges would have brought the raw cotton from the Liverpool docks to the mill's unloading bay just under this bridge.
Jim It also houses the largest working steam engine in the world - in its heyday it powered dozens of machines in the mill - you can see it working on specified days in the week.
Jim Hope you enjoy this short walk around the centre of Wigan - taken in March 09.
Jim The Market Place near its junction with Standishgate.
Jim Inside the Grand Arcade.
Jim The Market Gate Arcade leads to the Galleries shopping mall.
Jim Just by it is Makinson's Arcade - M&S had their first shop here and the town was originally their HQ - when Marks first met Spencer...
Jim ..they had a Penny Arcade here.
Jim One of the ornate fanlights in the arcade.
Jim Access is from the busy Market Place overlooked by the Parish Church.
Jim It leads to the old Wiend area between the centre and Millgate.
Jim The Wiend leads down to the Market Place - Mr Beecham of pills fame had a shop here, before moving to the then new town of St. Helens.
Jim Coopers Row - this pub was once a row of terraced cottages.
Jim At the top of the Wiend by Millgate is this modern art work.
Jim At the top of Millgate, looking towards the Market Place - Wigan has seven streets ending in "gate" an ancient Scandinavian term for street.
Jim Also on Millgate is what was once Wigan Mining and Technical College..
Jim ...it is now the Town Hall, and its entrance is on Library Street.
Jim just by the side of the Parish Church is Hallgate..
Jim Hallgate ..to the left is a gate into the Church Gardens.
Jim The King Of Prussia Yard - here looking back at Hallgate.
Jim This is the Wigan and Leigh College on Parson's Walk - the colliery winding wheel came from a local coal mine.
Jim ..a little further along Parsons Walk is what was Wigan Grammar School now a state of the art NHS outpatients facility.
Jim If we walk further on we come to the side entrance off Wigan's Mesnes Park (pro. "mains)
Jim This is early March and the park has yet to blossom.
Jim .. but it is pleasant to have it so close to the town centre.
Jim In the background the cafe with the statue of MP and Baronet Sir Francis Powell..
Jim .. whose toe has been rubbed for luck by generations of Wiganers..
Jim ...go on - rub it with your cursor and make a wish - its bound to come true.
Jim This is modern Northway that cuts across Standishgate.
Jim Where tucked away down a short street is St. George's Church.
Jim This alley off the Market Place is Coopers Row. Its proportions are medievel, its surface paved to cater for carts and hand cart traffic.