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I acquired some books on the subject of history from a friend who had passed away recently and I felt it the right time to catalogue exactly what I have in total.
I always had a decent number of books and added to them where applicable, the closure of Smith’s made it further difficult for the purchasing of local history and the next best thing would turn out to be the Book Clearance Centre in the Galleries.
The following books are what I have in my existing collection on local history: -
Wigan Memories by True North Media
The Crawford Papers by David Lindsay, 27th Earl of Crawford & Balcarres
The Wigan Coalfield by Alan Davies
The Orrell Coalfield by Donald Anderson
The Standish Collieries by Donald Anderson
Wigan Coal & Iron by Donald Anderson
About Standish by M.D. Smith
Wigan Past by the Wigan Observer
Wigan Past by Cliff Hayes
Working Class Wives by Margery Spring Rice
Roundabout a Pound a Week by Pember Reeves
The Wigan Borough Charters Regalia by the Wigan Heritage Service
Coalmining Women, Victorian Lives and Campaigns by Angela V. John
Road To Wigan Pier by George Orwell
That’s fourteen books in relation to Wigan and district, and dozens more than I don’t have out there somewhere. I am particularly interested in the work of former borough Librarian A.J. Hawkes and in the near future I will try and purchase his collection on local history.
Let’s take a look at the books I have recently acquired: -
Around Hindley & Abram by Bob Blakeman
Standish & Shevington by Nicholas Webb
Images of Wigan by the Wigan Evening Post
About Haigh & Aspull by M.D. Smith
About Coppull by M.D. Smith
Wigan Fifty Golden Years by the Wigan Observer
Mainline Railways Around Wigan by Bob Pixton
The Pitbrow Women of the Wigan Coalfield by Alan Davies
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Mike Clarke
Upholland in Old Picture Postcards Volume 2 by Dr. Allan Miller
Ashton in Makerfield & Goldborne by Tony Ashcroft
The Wigan Co-Op Gala by Robert Norris
The Making of Wigan by Mike Fletcher
Wigan Town Centre Trail Second Edition by Philip Powell
That’s fourteen new books, fourteen! It has doubled my existing local history collection. That should keep me occupied for a great deal of time.
Andrew Lomax


Posted by Miles on 22nd October 2010 at 00:33
I had a copy of 'Wigan Coal & Iron' that i loaned to a bloke in work. He had told me how fascinated he was by the history of the town and the men and women that built it. He came from a rural part of Wales, so his background could scarely have been more different. Being the charitable Wiganer that i am and after prattling on endlessly about just how great Wigan is, the book left my hands with a "take as long as you want with it" With hindsight, not such a clever move because he promptly went and moved 'upstairs' I never did get the book back, but I did get some pleasure from wondering what the reactions were of the executors of his estate were when they cleared his flat out, wondering just what the hell this book of a hard life in a Northern town was doing on a plush coffee table in Abergavenny.

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