Wigan Pier : The facts and fictions of an enduring Music Hall joke

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Wigan Pier : The facts and fictions of an enduring Music Hall joke

John Hannavy

144 pages. 210x148mm. Printed on gloss art paper, card covers.

ISBN13 : 9781911038139

£9.99

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Contents


INTRODUCTION    5

SETTING THE SCENE    13

A CUT ABOVE THE REST    27

VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN WIGAN    47

WIGAN’S COALFIELDS    63

THAT ENDURING JOKE    85

THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER    116

TODAY AND TOMORROW    138

FURTHER READING    142

INDEX    143



Index


Alexandra Music Hall, 57-8

Alexandra Pit, Whelley, 81

Anderton, John and Lily, 123


Bamforth & Company, 86, 136-7

Bankes, Meyrick, 7, 76, 89, 111, 139-140

Barclay, Andrew & Sons, 75

Barton, John, 60

Bennett, A.R., 87

Bibby, Robert, 60

Bickershaw Colliery, 65

Blackburn, James, 83, 86, 103

Blair, Eric, see Orwell, George

Blenkinsop, John, 72

Blundell’s Collieries, 74-5, 79, 122-3

Blundell, Jonathan & Company, 75

Booth, James (Lawler) see Formby, George, Snr

British Pathé Newsreels, 111

British Waterways Board, 38

Brookers’ Tripe Shop and Lodging House, 124-5, 139

Broomfield Colliery Company, 54

Brown, Barnes & Bell, 57

Bursledon Brickworks, 52


Central Pier, Blackpool, 14

Chaplin, Charlie, 98-101, 104

Clark, John, 75-6

Clevedon Pier, 82-3

Cockburn, Philips & Montgomery, 39

Cooper, John, 56, 59-60, 66, 68, 77

Dalglish, Robert, 72, 75-6


Defoe, Daniel, 78-9

Dennis, E. T. W., 93

Douglas Bank Signal Box, 90-91, 137

Douglas Navigation, 28, 32, 34, 36, 71

Dryden, Leo, 109

Dugdale, Thomas, 59-60, 68

Dunston Staithe, 105


Earl of Crawford & Balcarres, 54

Edison, Thomas, 100

Eight Lancashire Lads, The, 100

Empire Palace Music Hall, 59

Empress Ballroom, 124

Fields, Gracie, 98

Fly-boats, 35

Fforde, Jasper, 113, 115

Formby, George Junior, 55, 61, 84-5, 96, 106-8, 111, 113, 139

Formby, George Senior, 55, 61, 84-7, 89-90, 92, 95-105, 108, 122, 137, 139

Foulsham & Banfield, 99


Gibson’s Cotton Warehouse, 21

Gidlow Mills, 49-50

Glen & Ross, 47

Gloucester, HRH Duke of, 130, 134

Godwin, Will, 109

Grand Hippodrome Theatre, 98

Grounds, Ellen, 68


Haigh Foundry, 49, 51, 56, 75-6

Hilton, John T. ,18-19, 112, 132-4

Historical Publishing Company, 49

Holcroft, Thomas, 56

Houghton Weavers, 83

History of Wigan (Spencer), 28-9

History of Wigan (Whitehouse), 41

Housing Act 1924, 135

Housing Act 1936, 126

Howe Bridge Rescue Station, 71

Huxley, Aldous, 126


Illustrated London News, 69

In Search of England, 14, 18

In Search of Scotland, 14


Jackley, Nat, 100

Jolley’s Old Dog Music Hall, 56


Karno, Fred, 101

Kirby, Rick, 138-9

Kirkless Hall Company, 54

Kirkless Works, 56, 72


Lamb & Moore’s Colliery, 91, 94, 100

Lancashire & Cheshire Miners’ Federation, 

89-90

Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, 57, 72

Lauder, Harry, 104

Lawler, James Booth, see Formby, George, Snr

Lee, Robert ‘Bert’, 107-110

Leeds & Liverpool Canal 24, 27-45, 56, 71, 78, 91

Little, Robert, 64-5, 68

Little Tich, 99

Liverpool Docks, 34-6

Lloyd, Marie, 99

London & North Western Railway, 57, 72


Manchester Guardian, The, 22, 25, 110-11, 117, 131

Mawson, Lucy, 58

May Mills, 122-3

Mayor, James, 35

Maypole Colliery, 69, 71

Mesnes Park, 50-51, 122, 132

Millard, James, 54, 58, 61, 68

Millard, Lucy, 58

Monks, Dr E. Hodkinson, 112

Morton, Henry Vollam, 13-15, 18, 85, 111, 115

Munby, Arthur, 66-8, 70

Museum of Wigan Life, 133, 141


Naylor, J.H., 67

North Union Railway, 57


Orrell Colliery, 75

Orwell, George, 5, 14-15, 78, 93-6, 103, 112, 

 115-137


Pagefield Ironworks, 56

Park Forge, 121

Pavilion Picturedrome, 113

Pearson’s Flash, 39, 103

Pemberton Collieries, 74-5, 79, 122-3

Percy, Thomas, 72

Pevsner, Nikolaus, 21

Platt, James, 60

Powell, Sir Francis Sharp, 51, 53


Quaker House Colliery, 81


Ramsden, Alderman Thomas, 13

Relph, Harry, 99

Rigby, William, 47

Roburite Explosives Company, 56

Robey, George, 99

Royal Military School of Music, 87

Ryland, John, 49


Scotsman’s Flash, 39

Scott, Sir Giles Gilbert, 128

Scott, Sir John, 133

Semmet-Solvay Company, The, 54

Smith, Will, 9, 69

Southport Pier, 16-17

Spencer, David, 28-9, 32

Standish & Shevington Coal & Cannel Company, 54

Starr, James, 13, 65

Sterling, Louis, 105

Susannah Place, Sydney, Australia, 125


Taylor, Thomas, 68

The Building of England, 21

The Ballad of Wigan Pier (song), 83, 141

The Road to Wigan Pier, 14, 95, 117-137

Tilley, Vesta, 57

Tivoli Music Hall, London, 98

Trencherfield Mill, 8, 25, 40, 47, 60, 140-141


Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, 61


Walker Brothers, 53, 55

Waterhouse, Alfred, 118-9, 141

Weston, Robert Patrick, 107-110

Whitehouse, Thomas, 41

Wigan & District Mining & Technical College, 5, 

 127, 129

Wigan a Century Ago, 49-50

Wigan Boys Club, 130

Wigan Casino, 124

Wigan Coal & Iron Company, 54, 56, 72-3

Wigan Junction Railway, 57

Wigan Observer, The, 23, 57, 69

Wigan Pier (song), 107-110

Wigan Town & Country Rambles, 18-19, 132-4

Williams-Ellis, Clough, 106-8, 111

Williams, Harry, 125

Wills, Colin, 95

Winstanley, Jack, 5, 7, 83, 108, 141

Woods, John & Company, 52, 56

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