Mid way between junction 6 and
junction 5 along the A6 is Wingates, famous for the
Wingates Brass Band formed in 1873, also known as the Wingates Temperance
Band. They have a web site at
http://www.wingatesband.co.uk/. New site http://www.wingatesband.org/.
Wingates Lane also leads on to
Lostock, and the next place east along the A6,
close to (via) Chew Moor, is
Chequerbent. West is
The name is believed to mean 'a gate for the wind', and it seems likely as
this is in an exposed position above Westhoughton. It has also been known as Win-yate
The A6 is a former Roman Road leading to
Blackrod where there is some additional detail about a Roman camp.
This view is westward into Wingates.
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A6 Manchester Road from Wingates March 2000
This picture is of Wingates Square and is taken facing east towards
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A6 Chorley Road from Wingates March 2000
In the direction of M61 junction 6.
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Wingates Post Office top of Church Street March 2000
With Wingates Chippy adjoining, facing towards Wingates Square.
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Victoria Mill Wingates April 1996
This mill is now home to Ames (Europe), but it was once part of the Great
Lever Spinning Company Ltd.
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View west from Wingates along Chorley Road May 2000
View in the direction of Four Gates.
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Wingates Industrial Park April 2000
Here is located DABS Direct as well as
a number of other businesses, Bernstein, the Royal Mail, Riva to name but a
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Wingates Motors, Wingates, September 2001
One business established 30 years is Wingates Motors and the
business has local family connections going back many more years. The
Pages' grandfather was Herbert Page, Manager of the Pretoria Pit. He was
the first man down after the disaster. Philip's father, Sidney Page, His
shop (empty now at the bottom of Market
St) sold the first television in Westhoughton.
Wingates lane connects through to Lostock.
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Dixon Street Chapel September 2001
On Dixon Street, Wingates.
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Aireworth Street, Wingates, September 2001
This street off Dixon Street in Wingates does not seem to have changed,
save newer cars and the cabling and satellite dishes of technology.
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