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Wigan Pier

By Merseyblue
Wigan Pier was once part of a thriving coal and cotton industry on the Leeds/Liverpool canal. Trencherfield mill to the right of the photo has been converted to modern apartments but still retains a working mill engine. The museum is open to the public. Nice walks that take you back in history.

It's interesting to note that the "pier" is more of a colloquialism used in the day. It actually refers to a very small jetty where a railway line ended at the side of the towpath. Coal was simply tipped into barges at this point. The buildings in the photo (viewed from the pier) are mainly related to cotton as it had to be kept dry.

Tags: Coal Black and white History Cotton Barge Wigan Wigan pier Leeds and liverpool canal Cotton mill Trencherfield Mill

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Very nice view - well presented and detailedGrinGrinGrinGrin
peterkin 19 687 England
15 Apr 2018 6:38PM
Nicely composed and mono treatment. Remember reading Orwell's book. Thankfully, times have moved on for the better - but some mindsets haven't.


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