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Judith Stoneman - My Great-Grandfather, Joseph Jones - Miner From Abram
Jimmy Hoover - Collieries in the Wigan Area


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From: Judith Stoneman
Sent: 04 February 2009
Subject: My Great-Grandfather, Joseph Jones - Miner From Abram

Greetings from Christchurch, New Zealand:

I have been reading up about the Maypole Colliery explosion and did think that my maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Jones, who lived in Abram, may have been working there at the time of the disaster. However, it would appear not and I am wondering if you could best direct me as to where I could search to find his place of employment. I know the name is oh so very common and I am hoping this won’t make my job too much of a challenge. Joseph lived in Warrington Road, Abram and was a miner so he must have worked in that vicinity. Are you able to assist me please? I would be ever so grateful for some help.

For your information I have attached a photo of the gravestone I had erected last year for Joseph. You will get the gist of the story from the words etched on this. I thought seeing Joseph was born in Wales some Welsh on his plaque would be fitting for him. I went to great trouble to get this and it is word-perfect as I had a judge from Eisteddfod (an annual Welsh singing and speaking competition) translate what I wanted etched.


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Joseph immigrated to NZ in 1912 and some years later had a mental breakdown. This came about by his daughter, my grandmother, going missing overnight in one of the mines up on Denniston (on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand). As a result he was committed to Seaview Asylum (a horrendous place let me assure you!) and sadly abandoned there abandoned until his death in 1944. I only became aware of this tragic course of events in recent years and decided I had to give him closure. What a ghastly situation for him to go through.

Just the names of some of the mines where he might have been working prior to him coming to NZ would be an amazing start for me. I did go into some website and find a list of Joseph Jones, but none of them meant anything to me.

I do hope to hear back from you.

I am wondering if you have any suggestions as to how I could trace his siblings? It’s a tall ask I know. Would there be a site where I could advertise?

Many thanks in anticipation.

Judy Stoneman


For siblings you could try the Guild of One-Name Studies or Ancestry.com
Ancestry is a subscription site, I am not sure about One-Name-Studies
Ancestry.com

Collieries in the Wigan Area
Information from the WINDING HOUSE Web

ABERDEEN COLLIERY - Aberdeen Basin on Canal, between Haigh and Blackrod.

ABRAM COLLIERY - Bickershaw Lane and Bolton House Rd, Bickershaw

ACKERS COLLIERY - Bickershaw.

ALBERT PIT - Bolton House Road, Bickershaw.

ALBERT ENGINE PIT - Shevington Lane, Shevington.

ALBERT and VICTORIA PITS. Albert Pit, Ashfield Park Drive, Standish.

ALBION COLLIERY - At back of Leigh Road/Atherton Road, Hindley Green

ALLIANCE COLLIERY - Crompton Street, Wigan.

ALMOND BROOK COLLIERY, Almond Brook, Standish.

ALEXANDRA PIT - Whelley, Wigan.

AMBERSWOOD COLLIERIES. Ince/Hindley.

ANDERTON HALL COLLIERY, Blackrod Brow/Blackrod Bypass.

ARBOUR LANE PIT, Dean Pit, Arbour Lane, Standish.

ARCH LANE COLLIERY - Garswood.

ARLEY COLLIERY, Arley Colliery, Canal Row off Red RockLane, Haigh.

ARLEY COLLIERY, Arley Colliery, Arley Lane, Haigh.

ARLEY HALL COLLIERY - Arley Lane, Haigh.

ARLEY MAIN COLLIERY - Blackrod.

ASHGROVE PIT - Billinge.

ASHTON COLLIERY - Between Brynn and Garswood Stations,Brynn.

ASHURST'S PIT - Preston Road, Standish.

ASPULL PUMPING PIT - Aspull.

ASTLEY COLLIERY - Tyldesley.

ASTLEY GREEN COLLIERY - Higher Green Lane, Astley.

AYREFIELD COLLIERY - Roby Mill.

BAMFURLONG COLLIERY - Canal and West Coast Main Line, Bamfurlong.

BANK HOUSE COLLIERY - Tyldesley.

BANKFIELD COLLIERY - East of Hindley Green Station. H/Green/W/Leigh.

BARK HILL PIT, Bark Hill Kirkless - New Springs.

BARLEY BROOK COLLIERY - Gidlow Lane/Park Road, Wigan.

BARTON FOLD COLLIERY - Blackrod/Horwich.

BASKET PIT - Winstanley.

BAWKHOUSE PIT - Red Rock.

BAXTER PIT - Winstanley.

BEDFORD COLLIERY - South Side of Leigh-Tyldesley line, Leigh.

BICKERSHAW COLLIERY - Bickershaw Lane-Bolton House Road, Bickershaw.

BICKERSHAW COLLIERY - Plank Lane, Leigh.

BIG PIT - Hindley.

BILLINGE LANE COLLIERY - Billinge.

BIRCHINHEADS COLLIERY - Ashton.

BIRCHLEY COLLIERY - Billinge.

BIRKACRE COLLIERY - Birkacre Brow, Coppull.

BIRKETT BANK COLLIERY - Chatham Street and Gordon Street, H/Ince.

BISPHAM HALL COLLIERY - Orrell

BLACKCROFT COLLIERY - South of the Wigan/Tyldesley line, Westleigh.

BLACKLEY HURST COLIERY - Billinge.

BLACKROD COLLIERY - Blackrod.

BLAINSCOUGH COLLIERY - Coppull.

BOTTLING WOOD PIT - Whelley, Wigan.

BOTTOM PLACE PITS - Laburnam Ave, H/Ince.

BRADLEY HALL COLLIERY - Bradley Lane Ind Est, Standish.

BRADSHAW HALL COLLIERY - Hall Lane, Aspull/Hindley.

BRIDGE PIT - Side of Canal, New Springs, Wigan.

BRINKS COLLIERY - Earl of Balcarres R/way, Haigh/Blackrod.

BRINSOP HALL COLLIERY - Hindley/Blackrod line,nr Dicconson Lane,Aspull.

BRITANNIA PIT - Britannia Bridge, Lower Ince.

BROADFIELD COLLIERY - North of Wigan/Tyldesley line, Westleigh.

BROAD OAK COLLIERY - Thomas Street, Hindley Green.

BROOKSIDE COLLIERY - Off Bickershaw Lane, Platt Bridge.

BROOMFIELD COLLIERY - Broomfield and Langtree, Bradley Lane, Standish.

BROWNHEATH COLLIERY - Billinge.

BROWNLOW HILL PITS - Billinge.

BRYN HALL COLLIERY - On Lancashire Union Railway, Brynn.

BRYN MOSS COLLIERY - On Former Canal arm, Leigh Branch Canal, Bryn.

BULLINS PIT - Standish Wood Lane, Standish.

BULL RING COLLIERY - Blackrod.

BUGLE HORN COLLIERY( Brookside Coll) - Swan Lane, Hindley Green.

BURGH COLLIERY - Coppull

BYE WASH PIT - Haigh.

CALICO DEEP ENGINE PIT - Shevington Lane, Shevington.

CALIFORNIA PIT - Hall Lane, Pennington Green, Hindley.

CASTLE DRIFT - Wigan Road, Billinge.

CASTLE HILL COLLIERY - Castle Hill Road, Hindley.

CARR COMMON COLLIERY - Carr Common Road, Hindley Green.

CASSICAR COLLIERY - Dalton.

CANNELL HOLLOWS PIT - Haigh Lower Plantations, Wigan.

CHADDOCK LANE COLLIERY - Tyldesley.

CHAPEL COLLIERY - Wigan Town Centre.

CHAPELFIELD COLLIERY - Blackrod.

CHAPEL FIELDS COLLIERY - Chapel Fields Lane, Hindley.

CHANTERS COLLIERY - Off Tyldesley Road, Atherton.

CHANTERS FIELD COLLIERY - Blackrod.

CHEQUERBENT - Brancker Street, Westhoughton.

CHESHIRE HOLE COLLIERY Camberwell Crescent area, Whelley, Wigan.

CHISNALL HALL COLLIERY - Preston Road, Standish/Coppull.

CHURN PIT - Whelley.

CLAPGATE COLLIERY - Marus Bridge area, Wigan.

CLARKE'S COLLIERIES - Orrell.

CLEWORTH HALL COLLIERY.Tyldesley.

CLOSE LANE COLLIERY - Off Leigh Road, Hindley Green.

COMBERMERE COLLIERY - Combermere Lane, Tyldesley.

COPPULL COLLIERY - East side of West Coast Main line, nr Coppull Station.

COW LEE LANE COLLIERY - Cow Lee Lane, Westhoughton.

CRAWFORD PITS - Crawford Avenue, Aspull.

CRIPPLEGATE COLLIERY, Almond Brook - Shevington Moor.

CROMBOUKE DAY-EYE (Drift Mine)West Side of Leigh Rd, Howe Bridge, Leigh.

CROOKE HALL COLLIERY - Crooke Road, Crooke.

CROP PIT – Shevington

CROW ORCHARD COLLIERY - Deakin Street/Banner Street, Lower Ince.

DAIRY PIT - Side of Canal, Haigh Upper Plantations

DARK LANE COLLIERY - Dark Lane, Blackrod.

DEAN PIT - Arbour Lane, Standish.DOG WALK PIT - Haigh Upper Plantations.

DOOTSON & VAUZE HALL COLLIERY - South of Church St, Blackrod

DOUGLAS BANK COLLIERY - Between Canal and Woodhouse Lane, Wigan.

DOWNHALL GREEN COLLIERY - Off Wigan St Helens Line, Brynn

DOWNSHOOTS PIT - Standish.

DRY BONES PIT - Coppull

DRY DAM PIT - Coppull

DUXBURY PARK COLLIERY - Wigan Lane, Coppull/Chorley.

EAST CANNEL PIT - Off Manchester Road and Belle Green Lane, H/Ince

EATOCKS PIT - Daisy Hill, Westhoughton.

EDGE GREEN COLLIERY - Off Edge Green Lane, Nr Golborne.

EDITH AND MABEL PITS - Nr Stoney Lane Bridge, Liverpool Rd, Hindley

ELLERBECK COLLIERY - Wigan Lane, Coppull/Chorley.

ELMS COLLIERY - Walter Scott Ave, Whitley, Wigan.

FIR TREE HOUSE COLLIERY - Off Warrington Rd, Spring View.

FIVE ACRE PIT - Aspull.

FLORIDA COLLIERY - Clipsey Lane/Church Rd, Haydock.

FOGGS FOLD COLLIERY - Close to Millers Lane, Platt Bridge.

FOTHERSHAW PIT - Dukes Row, Aspull.

FREEZELAND PIT - Nr Tuckers Hill, Haigh

GARSWOOD COLLIERY - Stanley Bank, Haydock.

GARSWOOD HALL COLLIERY - Brynn Road, Brynn

GAUNTLEY PIT - Smethurst Road, Billinge.

GERMANS PITS - Off Billinge Rd/Little Lane,W/Mesnes/Pem.

GIANTS HALL COLLIERY - Giants Hall Rd, Standish Lower Ground.

GIBFIELD COLLIERY - Coal Pit Lane, Atherton.

GIDLOW AND SWINLEY COLLIERY (Rylands Pits) - Walkden Ave, Swinley, Wigan.

GIDLOW PITS - Top end of Gidlow Lane, Wigan.

GIDLOW LANE COLLIERY - Gidlow Lane and Mesnes Park, Wigan.

GILBERTS CLOSE PIT - Haigh.

GIN PIT - Ley Road, Gin pit village, Tyldesley.

GODFREY PITS - Haigh Lower Plantations, Wigan.

GOLBORNE COLLIERY - Church Street, Golborne.

GORNERS DRIFT - Ashton.

GORSES PIT - Haigh/Blackrod.

GRAMMAR PIT - Off Park Rd and Close Lane, Hindley.

GRANGE COLLIERY- Near Leyland Park, Hindley.

GREAT BOYS COLLIERY - Tyldesley.

GREAT STONE COLLIERY - Westhoughton.

GREENS PIT - Meadow Pit Lane, Haigh.

GREENSLATE COLLIERY - North of Crow Orchard Rd, Shevington.

GREEN BARN COLLIERY - Blackrod.

GULLET PIT - Bolton Rd, Aspull.

GYPSY PITS - Hindley.

HARDYBUTTS PIT - Hardybutts, Scholes, Wigan.

HALIBURTONS COLLIERY - Hindley.

HAWKLEY COLLIERY - Marus Bridge, Wigan.

HAVANNAH COLLIERY - Haydock.

HEART O 'TH MEADOW PIT (Later Renamed Priestners Colliery) - Wigan Rd, Leigh.

HEDGE PIT - Aspull.

HENFOLD COLLIERY - Tyldesley.

HESKIN COLLIERY - Heskin, Coppull.

HEWLETT PITS - Hart Common, Westhoughton.

HEYFIELD PIT - West Leigh.

HIC BIBI COLLIERY - Hic Bibi Lane, Coppull.

HIGH BROOKS COLLIERY - Brocstedes Rd, North Ashton, Wigan.

HIGHFIELD PIT - Off Toddington Lane, Aspull.

HILLOCK PIT - Atherton.

HILTON HOUSE COLLIERY - Chorley Rd, Aspull/Blackrod

HINDLEY DEEP PITS.Hindley - Highfield Rd, Hindley.

HINDLEY FIELD COLLIERY - Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw.

HINDLEY GREEN COLLIERIES - Off Atherton Rd, Hindley Green.

HINDLEY HALL COLLIERY - Hall Lane, Hindley.

HINDLEY HALL COLLIERY- Liverpool Rd, Hindley

HOLLINS HEY PIT - Hindley.

HOLLIN HEY PIT - Garswood Old Road, Ashton

HOLME HOUSE COLLIERY - Holme Terrace, Wigan

HORSE PASTURE PIT - Aspull

HOSIER HOUSE COLLIERY - Petticoat Lane, Higher Ince.

HOWE BRIDGE COLLIERY - Atherleigh Way and Lovers Lane, Leigh.

HUSSEY HOUSE COLLIERY - Park Road, Hindley.

HUSTLERS PITS - Gidlow Lane, Beech Hill, Wigan.

INCE HALL COLLIERIES - Higher and Lower Ince.

INCE MOSS COLLIERY - Off Cemetary Rd, Lower Ince.

INDUSTRIOUS BEE COLLIERY - Belle Green Lane, Higher Ince.

JACK OF HEARTS COLLIERY - Hindley.

JACKSONS PIT - Leigh.

JACKSONS PITS - Orrell.

JENNY LIND PIT - Hindley Field Junc, Eccles, Tyldesley, Wigan Railway

JOHN PIT - Off Wigan Lower Rd, Standish Lower Ground.

JOHNSONS PIT - Meadow Pit Lane, Haigh.

KAYS COLLIERY - Under W.C.M.L. Actons Walk, Wigan.

KELLEY PIT - Hindley.

KING PIT - Haydock.

KIRKLESS COLLIERIES - Kirkless/New Springs area, Wigan.

KING WILLIAM COLLIERY - Platt Bridge, Wigan.

LADY LANE PIT - Lady Lane, Goose Green, Wigan.

LADIES LANE COLLIERY - Gidlow Street, Hindley.

LAMBERHEAD GREEN COLLIERY - Pemberton.

LANGTREE COLLIERY - Back of Sheldon Ave, Standish

LARK PIT - Haigh

LEGH PIT - Haydock.

LEYLAND GREEN COLLIERY - Winstanley Rd, Leyland Green, Wigan.

LEYLAND GREEN DRIFT - Winstanley Rd, Leyland Green, Wigan.

LILLY LANE COLLIERY - Off Bolton Rd, Bryn Gates, Wigan.

LINDSAY PITS - Whelley, Wigan.

LITTLE WESTWOOD COLLIERY- Lower Ince, Wigan.

LONG LANE COLLIERY - Brynn Rd,Ashton.

LONG LANE COLLIERY - Long Lane, Hindley.

LOSTOCK COLLIERY - Lostock Lane, Westhoughton.

LOSTOCK MOSS COLLIERY - Lostock Lane, Westhoughton.

LOVERS LANE COLLIERY - Lovers Lane, West Leigh.

LOWER HALL PIT - Off Firs Lane, West Leigh.

LOWER FARM PIT - Hindley.

LOW GREEN COLLIERY - Liverpool Rd, Platt Bridge

LOW HALL COLLIERY - Liverpool Rd, Platt Bridge.

LYME PIT - Nr Lyme St, Haydock.

MAINS COLLIERY - Bolton Rd, Stubshaw Cross.

MARROW BONE PIT - Paradise Farm Urchin Snapes, Shevington Lane, Shevington.

MARUS BRIDGE COLLIERY - Goose Green, Wigan

MAYPOLE COLLIERY - Park Lane, Abram

MEADOWS COLLIERY - Frog Lane, Wigan.

MEADOWS HOUSE COLLIERY - Woodhouse Lane, Wigan.

MEADOW PIT - Meadow Pit Lane, Haigh

MESNES COLLIERY - Bridgeman Terrace, Wigan.

MILL PIT - Billinge Road,Pemberton.

MOOR PITS - Off Haigh Rd, Aspull.

MORRIS LANE PIT - Off Higher Lane, New Springs, Wigan.

MOSS PIT - Aspull.

MOSS HALL COLLIERIES - Seaman Way, Higher Ince.

MOSS HOUSE COLLIERY - Goose Green, Wigan.

NEWFOUNDLAND COLLIERY - North End of Worthington Lakes, Standish

NEW BOSTON COLLIERY - Church Road, Haydock.

NEW HALL COLLIERY - Off Ince Green Lane, Higher Ince.

NEW LESTER COLLIERY - Tyldesley.

NEWTOWN COLLIERY - Scott Lane, Newtown, Wigan.

NEW WASH PIT - Higher Lane, Aspull.

NEW YARD PIT - Shevington.

NIXONS PIT - Almond Brook, Standish.

NORLEY HALL COLLIERY - Ormskirk Road, Pemberton.

NOOK COLLIERY - North Lane, Tyldesley.

OAK COLLIERY - Howe Bridge/Atherton

OLD BOSTON COLLIERY - Penny Lane, Haydock.

OLD FOLD PIT - Park St, Haydock.

OLD WHINT - Old Whint Rd, Haydock.

ORRELL COLLIERIES - Orrell.

ORRELL HALL COLLIERY - Spring Road, Orrell.

ORRELL HOUSE COLLIERY - Orrell.

OWENS PIT - Smiths Lane, West Leigh.

PARADISE FARM PITS - off Shevington Lane, Shevington.

PARK BROOK PIT - Paradise Farm Urchinsnapes Park Brook Lane, Shevington.

PARK HALL COLLIERY - Between M6 and A49, Charnock Green.

PARK LANE COLLIERY - Landgate area, Ashton.

PARK COLLIERY - Gibbons Rd, Garswood.

PARK COLLIERY - Westleigh.

PARK PIT - Haigh Plantations.

PARK PIT - Standish Wood Lane, Standish Lower Ground.

PARSONAGE COLLIERY - Clifton Street, Leigh.

PATCHCROFT PIT - Pennington Lane, Red Rock.

PEACOCK PIT - Johnsons Tag, Meadow Pit Lane, Haigh.

PEAR TREE COLLIERY - Sale Lane and Mort Lane area, Tyldesley.

PEELWOOD COLLIERY - South of Engine Lane, Atherton/Tyldesley

PEMBERTON COLLIERY - Foundry Lane, Pemberton.

PEMBERTON HOUSE COLLIERY - Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard.

PENNYGATE PIT - Highfield Rd/Hall Lane, Hindley.

PEPPER LANE PIT - Pepper Lane, Standish

PERRYS PIT - Aspull.

PEWFALL COLLIERY - Liverpool Road, Ashton.

PICKLEY GREEN COLLIERY - Smallbrook Lane and Lovers Lane, Leigh.

PICKLEY HEY COLLIERY - Smallbrook Lane and Lovers Lane, Leigh.

PILGRIMS PIT - Shevington Lane, Shevington.

PLATT BRIDGE COLLIERY - Victoria Road, Platt Bridge.

PLATT LANE COLLIERY - Off Durham Street, Whelley.

PLATTS PIT - Westhoughton.

POLKA PIT - Hindley Field Junc, Eccles, Tyldesley, Wigan Railway

PONY DICK COLLIERY - Billinge Rd, Highfield, Wigan.

PORTERS WOOD PIT - Ackhurst Lane, Gathhurst

POTTER HEY PITS - Rylands Siding Whitley, Wigan.

PRESTONS PITS - Off Warrington Road, Lower Ince.

PRIESTNERS COLLIERY (Formerly Heart O' Th Meadow Coll) - Wigan Rd, Leigh.

PRINCESS PIT - Haydock

PRITAREAN PIT - Hindley.

PRETORIA PITS - Off Newbrook Rd, Hulton.

PROSPECT PITS - Trescott Mews, Standish.

QUAKER HOUSE COLLIERY - Winstanley Rd, Leyland Green, Wigan.

QUEEN PIT - Haydock.

RAILWAY COLLIERY - W.C.M.L. Delph Lane, Charnock Richard.

RAM PIT - Kenyons Lane, Haydock.

RED MOSS COLLIERY - Blackrod.

RIDING LANE COLLIERY - Riding Lane, Stubshaw Cross, Wigan.

RIGBY HILL PIT - Off Vicarage Rd, Blackrod.

RIMMERS PIT - Spencer Road, Whitley, Wigan.

ROBIN HILL DRIFT - Almond Brook Rd, Shevington Moor/ Standish.

ROBIN HILL PIT - Robin Hill Lane, Standish.

ROGER LANE PIT - Haigh

ROSE BRIDGE COLLIERY - Manchester Rd, Higher Ince.

ROUND HOUSE COLLIERY - Durham St, Whelley.

ROUGH HEY PIT - Haigh.

ROYAL CHARTER COLLIERY - Welch Whittle, Coppull.

RYLANDS PITS (Gidlow and Swinley Coll) - Walkden Ave, Swinley, Wigan.

SANDY BEDS PIT - Haigh.

SAW MILL PIT - Higher Ince.

SCARISBRICK PIT - Shevington.

SCOTT LANE COLLIERY - Scott Lane, Aspull.

SHAKERLEY COLLIERY - Nelson and Wellington Pits, Tyldesley.

SHALEY BROW COLLIERY - Billinge.

SHEVINGTON COLLIERY - Shevington Lane, Shevington.

SHEVINGTON MOOR PITS - Shevington Lane, Shevington.

SIBBERLINGS COLLIERY - Tuckers Hill Brow, Haigh

SMITHS LANE COLLIERY - Smiths Lane, Bickershaw.

SNAPES PIT - Gregorys Siding, West Leigh.

SNYDALE HALL COLLIERY - Chew Moor Lane, Westhoughton.

SOVEREIGN PITS - Sovereign Fold Road, West Leigh.

SPRINGFIELD COLLIERY - Off Leigh Road, West Leigh.

SPRINGS PITS - Warrington Rd, Springs Branch line, Lower Ince.

STANDISH HALL DRIFT - Elnup Wood, Shevington.

STARKIE PIT - Westhoughton.

STOCKS PIT - Church Rd, Haydock.

STONE HEY PIT - Haigh.

STONE HOUSE COLLIERY - Off Leigh Rd, West Leigh.

STONE HOUSE COLLIERY - Warrington Rd, Worsley Mesnes, Wigan.

STRANGEWAYS HALL COLLIERY - Liverpool Road, Hindley.

ST GEORGES COLLIERY - Off Elliot Street, Tyldesley.

SUMMERSALES PIT - Billinge Rd. Highfield, Wigan.

SWAN LANE COLLIERY - Swan Lane, Hindley Green.

SWINLEY COLLIERY - Kenyon Rd/Walkden Ave East, Wigan.

SWIRE PITS - Back of Duddon Close, Standish.

TAG PIT - Johnsons Tag Peacock Green, Meadow Pit Lane, Haigh.

TAYLOR PIT - Broad Oak and Taylor - Calder Ave, Hindley Green.

TAYLOR PIT - Taylor and Tunnel, Off Wigan Lower Rd, Standish Lower Ground.

TUCKERS HILL PIT - Tuckers Hill Brow, Haigh.

TUNNEL PITS - Off Wigan Lower Rd, Standish Lower ground.

URCHINSNAPES PIT - Paradise Farm, Urchinsnapes, Marrow Bone, Off Park Brook Rd, Shevington.

VENTURE PIT - Billinge Road, Highfield.

VICTORIA COLLIERY - Victoria Ave, Bickershaw.

VICTORIA COLLIERY - Victoria Colliery, Lurdin Lane, Standish.

VICTORIA AND ALBERT PITS - Albert Pit, Ashfield Park Drive, Standish.

VICTORIA PIT - Shevington Lane, Shevington.

VILLAGE PIT - Village, Preston Road, Standish.

WALL HEY PIT - Haigh Road, Aspull

WALTHEW HOUSE COLLIERY - Pemberton.

WASH PIT - Haigh.

WATER HEYS COLLIERY - Between Greenough Street and School Lane, Scholes.

WELCH PITS ( Bottom Place Pits) Springs Moss, Laburnam Ave, Lower Ince.

WELCH WHITTLE COLLIERY - Town Lane, Coppull.

WESTHOUGHTON COLLIERY - Church Street, Westhoughton.

WESTLEIGH COLLIERY - South of Smiths Lane, Westleigh.

WEST LEIGH LANE COLLIERY - Westleigh Lane, Leigh.

WESTWOOD HALL COLLIERY - Off Westwood Lane, Lower Ince.

WHARTON HALL COLLIERY - Tyldesley.

WHELLEY COLLIERY - East of Whelley Rd, Wigan.

WIGAN JUNCTION COLLIERY - Off Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw.

WILLIAM PIT - Meadow and William, Off Meadow Pit Lane, Haigh.

WINDY ARBOUR COLLIERY - Aston Road Winstanley.

WITHINGTON HALL PIT - Off Hall Lane, Hindley.

WOOD PIT - Back of Upper Wood farm, Standish Lower Ground.

WOOD PIT - Haydock.

WOODS PIT - Bottom of Eskdale Ave, Swinley, Wigan.

WOODSHAW PIT - Bradshaw California and Woodshaw North of Withington Lane, Aspull.

WORSLEY MESNES COLLIERY (Owd Nats Pits)Worsley Mesnes, Worsley Mesnes Drive, Wigan.

WORTHINGTON HALL COLLIERY - North of Bradley Lane, Standish.

YEW TREE COLLIERY - Tyldesley.

YORKSHIRE PIT - Giants Hall and Yorkshire, South of Standish Wood Lane, Standish Lower Ground.


Since the 1974 local government act created the 'metropolitan borough of Wigan', it has placed many old collieries within the Wigan 'council area', which were never ever in Wigan.

Jimmy Hoover


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