Copyright © 1998 Jeff Unsworth

Items of Interests

Wiggin,Leyth,Bent & Bongs

( Wigan,Leigh,Atherton & Tyldesley )


The Tyldesley Ox Roasting

Once a year in Tyldesley an Ox roasting was held. This event was held on Shackerly Common.
Here is an old photograph. Date unknown


Here are two more Photo's of The Ox Roasting dated 1955
Photograph's courtesy of John Edwards


D J Edwards & Billy Wrend


Here is one of the greaseproof bags that was used to serve pieces of the roasted ox.


Original greaseproof bag


The Great Vicar of Tyldesley
The Reverend John Lund, MA.




St Georges, Tyldesley Parish Church
Here is a photograph of the memorial plaque that is situated in the St Georges Church in Tyldesley.


John Lund was the vicar in Tyldesley from 1884-1924
I found this photograph in a house in Shuttle St, Tyldesley.
I purchased the property in 1972.
The house was built by Caleb Wright the mill owner in 1825 for a man called William Ramsden who
owned the Nelson Colliery.
Both Caleb Wright and William Ramsden were very prominent in the local town hall.
From one of the front windows, William Ramsden could see the windings of the colliery.
The Reverend John Lund married William Ramsdens daughter Susan and lived in the house for a time.
The house was built in the georgian style and had six bedrooms, it had four rooms in a cellar it also
had a detached stable.
In the cellars, instead of using the usual wooden joists, railway lines from the Nelson colliery over on
Shackerley Common were used. All the outer walls were solid four brick walls. All the windows were
panelled in rosewood and it had a lovely rosewood winding staircase. 
In 1889 the detached property was divided into two separate houses and a further two houses added,
making a terraced row.


You can see the original house ( the two houses on the right ) in this photograph, 
The house had iron railings originally ( obviously taken for use in the war effort)

The house also had 3 rooms in the cellars,2 had fire places.
It also had gardens to the rear of the property. There was a natural spring in the gardens and it is said that the locals used to bring horses to drink from it.
When the other houses were built round about the property, the spring was blocked up and eventually found a new route. The water came up into the cellar of the house.
I eventually had the water tested and it was found pure, I proceeded to make lots of fruit wines using this water.

Mab's Cross

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The Story Of Mabs Cross

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