triona (thomas) Thank you so much. I used to live in Upholland in the 1960s and I found your video so interesting and brought back many memories. Please update me time to time at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Great pictures my 5 & 6 times great grand parents are from Upholland hoping to make a visit soon to St Thomas.
Beryl Thank you! I enjoy this. I have been doing familytree of my great grand parents they lived in Upholland.
Jim George Lyon and his two local accomplices, were hanged for a house robbery in Wigan, it says much for Upholland and its church, that they were brought back for a proper burial in their home village.
Jim Up Holland.
A small village situated on the A577 road near Wigan.
The haunt of George Lyon a wannabee highwayman ( he robbed one coach)
Executed at Lancaster Castle in 1815.
Buried in the churchyard
Jim The grave photographed on an earlier visit. Only the name of his daughter Nonny Lyon, who died in 1801, is on the gravestone.
Jim The stonework of the church still bears the sooty deposits of the area's industrial past.
Jim The churchyard with the backs of the cottages on School Lane on the left.
Jim The rear of the church.
Jim Abbey Lakes was originally the fish pond for the priory.
Jim It is now a popular pleasure fishing spot with locals.
Jim Trees on the far side of the lake have an almost human figure form.
Jim This one reminds me of a crucified figure with head bent.
Jim Take heed, this ancient gravestone states "Mourn not for me, my joy begins. Bestow your sorrows on your sins".
Jim Up Holland war memorial.
Jim Aleways referred to as "the monument".
Jim Cottages between the monument and the church on Parliament Street
Jim Gearge Lyon had begged his wife not to leave his body to the dissectionists as was the custom.
Jim George Lyon's and his two accomplices were hanged at Lancaster Castle in 1815, the Old Dog landlord Simon Washington brought their bodies back from Lancaster by cart.
Jim Parliament Street looking towards the church.
Jim In the gap created by this new road was the Bull pub, haunt of George Lyons and where he was tricked into admitting his guilt to an undercover "thief taker" employed by the Wigan police.
Jim Doorways on School Lane.
Jim Back to our walk's start near the old Abbey Lakes pub. The pub once had a dance hall at its rear in the 40s and 50s, and was a popular venue in its day. Hope you enjoyed the walk.
Jim At the start of School Lane and the village is what was once the Abbey Lakes pub, now an Indian restaurant. It was also the teminus for the Wigan bus, the bus turned in front of the pub.
Jim Just by it is the entrance to the Abbey Lakes water park.
Jim After circling the lake a path takes us back to School Lane.
Jim School Lane, Upholland.
Jim One of its old yards.
Jim Old cottages snake their way up the hill.
Jim The Owl Inn, now closed and up for sale - another victim of the decline in British pubs.
Jim ..and just further on is the De Holland house one of the oldest in Up Holland, dating from the 1630s.
Jim .. A look back down School Lane.
Jim Just by the side of the Owl Inn is a side entrance to the churchyard of St. Thomas the Martyr.
Jim The path is paved with ancient gravestones.
Jim The church, once part of a Benedictine priory.
Jim The grave of Robert Dalglish, who invented a working railway engine called the Yorkshire Horse - years before Stephenson's Rocket. It pulled coal trucks from Winstanley to the canal at Crooke.
Jim The ancient arched entrance to the church.
Jim .. and its clock tower.
Jim Across from the church is the White Lion, once closed, now reopened.
Jim Parliament Street looking towards Upholland War Memorial, simply known to locals as "The Monument".
Jim A look back at Church Street with its church and the Up Holland Conservative Club next to it..
Jim .. and a view down School Lane from the same corner.
Jim On the corners of School Lane, Church Street, and Parliament Street is the Upholland plaque.
Jim The sign is just out of sight from this elevated view of Shool Lane from the steep Back Brow.
Jim Another steep descent further along. Upholland is built on a steep hill side.
Jim All chained up - nobody is going to run off with this gatepost ornament.
Jim This building was once the Old Dog Inn.
Jim Recently closed and converted into three private homes.
Jim It was in the Old Dog that local "highwayman" George Lyon body was laid out in the best parlour the night before his burial in St. Thomas's churchyard.
Jim Upholland is a coservation area.
Jim We return to the steep Back Brow to reach Church Street again.
Jim In this photo, just below the railings is the grave of George Lyon, but it is now hidden under bushes - he was buried in his young daughter Nonny Lyon's grave.
Jim Village information board.
Jim We walk through the churchyard from Church Street to School Lane and turn right to head back to Abbey Lakes.