Photographs donated to the Website project
Above St Luke's Circa 1910
Below Sunday Schools day out on Highfield Moss
Above Newton Road Circa 1920
Below Hughie Owens on Motor Bike Circa 1920 St.Helens Road
Thanks to the late Ronnie Marsh for the use of these four photographs from his collection
Thanks to David Boardman for sending the photographs below
David added this text to the photographs
My great grandfather was foreman at the nurseries in Sandy Lane before purchasing them from Mr Leigh who retired to Old Colwyn I believe. Both are of my grandfather taken in 1908 and 1934. He lived with his parents in Pear Tree Cottage next to the nurseries but both the cottage and greenhouses have now been demolished after years of neglect after my grandfathers brother inherited the nurseries but failed to continue the thriving business.
Below Rachel Smith silk winding by hand in Hesketh Meadow Lane (WS11)
1924 O.S. Map showing local railways and stations
Above Lowton Station on the boundary with Newton-le-Willows at the Bulls Head Bridge.
Below A Royal visit to Lowton in the 60's Newton Water Tower can be seen in the distance
Above SECRET TIME TABLE
Below Lowton St Mary's Station and a ticket (WS16)
LOWTON TRAMS & TROLLY BUSES
On the 6th August 1900, the Royal Assent was given to a private Bill, which saw the incorporation of the South Lancashire Tramways Company. The Bill authorised the Company to construct over 62 miles of tramway lines in the South Lancashire area, but construction was never started, due to difficulty raising the necessary capital. On 29th November 1900 the South Lancashire Electric Traction and Power Company Ltd was registered to acquire the shares of the South Lancashire Tramways Company, and also the shares of the Lancashire Light Railways Company and the South Lancashire Electric Supply Company. Although the new Company had intended that the major part of the tramway would be in operation by the end of 1901, construction had only just begun when the year ended, and the first section, from Lowton, via Leigh and Atherton, to Four Lane Ends (where there was a connection with the Bolton system), did not open until 20th October 1902 By an Act of 10th May 1929, South Lancashire Tramways was re-named South Lancashire Transport, and was authorised to abandon the tramway routes in favour of trolleybuses and construct extensions from the former tramway termini at Lowton St. Mary's to Lowton Lane Head. When the South Lancashire Transport Act of 1958 authorised the complete abandonment of the system, it also authorised the dissolution of the South Lancashire Transport Company. On the 31st August 1958, all remaining trolleybus services were abandoned and the assets of the South Lancashire Transport Company Limited were transferred to the Lancashire United Transport Company Limited on the 1st September 1958, bringing to an abrupt end almost 60 years of tram and trolleybus operations in South Lancashire.
PETER KANE (1918-1991), of Lancashire, was one of England's greatest flyweight boxers and a world champion in the 1930s. Kane was born in Heywood, Lancashire, on February 28, 1918, but grew up in the town of Golborne, near Wigan, after his family moved there before his first birthday. Renowned for his punching power, he lost only seven of the 102 bouts in his 14-year career. He made his name at the age of 19 in an epic world title contest with flyweight legend
Benny Lynch, which attracted a crowd of over 40,000 to Glasgow's Shawfield Park. He was beaten after 13 compelling and brutal rounds but recovered from the experience. He held the title from 1938-43, although his defences were sporadic due to the Second World War and opposition was naturally limited during this period. He worked throughout his career as a blacksmith in the village of Lowton, which neighbours Golborne. He died in 1991.
Richard Mather (1596-1669)
Richard Mather was born in 1596 to Thomas and Margaret Mather, in the Lancashire district of Lowton (now part of Wigan MBC) and was to become a famous figure in the earliest history of the American colonies. Richard was educated at nearby Winwick Grammar School, and at the age of 15 became a schoolmaster in Toxteth, (now a district of Liverpool). He was ordained as a priest in 1620 and he preached his first sermon on 30th November 1618 at the Ancient Chapel of Toxteth in Park Road. Being a strict and outspoken Puritan, however, he soon found himself inevitably in conflict with Church of England doctrines and was suspended from preaching nonconformity in the Church of England by the Archbishop of York. Richard therefore decided to pursue his religious convictions and, like the Pilgrim Fathers before him, emigrated to Massachusetts in 1635. From then unto 1669 he was pastor of the Congregational Church in Dorchester, (now part of Boston), and went on to establish a large and influential family in the district. The Reverend Richard Mather died in Dorchester, Massachusetts on the 22nd April 1669. One of his sons, Increase Mather, was to become President of Harvard University, and Richard's grandson, Cotton Mather, became a noted scholar, publishing nearly 500 books and articles on scientific subjects. Cotton Mather was also the first American to be elected a member of the Royal Society. During the smallpox epidemic of 1721 Cotton was also the first recorded American to attempt the controversial procedure of treatment by inoculation on his own son. For this he was bitterly castigated from all sides, and threats were even made against his life, but his son recovered and the procedure was vindicated. Richard's eldest son participated in the notable Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and became President of Yale University.
At the present there are only six listed buildings in Lowton they are
Holly House, Newton Road (Grade 2)
Fair House Farmhouse, Pocket Nook Lane (Grade 2)
Byrom Hall, Slag Lane (Grade 2) #
St.Luke's Church, Slag Lane (Grade 2)
The Sundial, Slag Lane (Grade 2)
The Stocks, Slag Lane (Grade 2)
On the Lowton / Golborne boundary stands
Lightshaw Hall (Grade 2*) #
# Note added 2013. Both at risk from HS2 developments
A Grade 2 Listed structure "but in a sad state at present"
Photograph below taken 28th March 2006 #
# Note added 2013. Still in this condition June 2013
I am attaching a family photograph which I think you might wish to
include in the Lowton website.
It was taken in the eighteen nineties in the yard at Byrom`s farm on
Newton Road. It shows the mother Mary Bent with her five children
(three sons and two daughters). On the back row from the left are
brothers Richard Bent, a railwayman and my grandfather, Samuel Bent
and John Bent who were farmers in Lowton.
From the left on the middle row are Nancy Bent (nee Battersby and my
grandmother), Mary Bent (nee Hart), the widow of Samuel Bent and Mary
Bent(nee Worsley and the wife of John Bent).
At the front on the left is Mary Bent who subsequently married Arthur
Lennox and on the right is Sarah Bent who married Joseph Leigh. They
ran a market garden down Sandy Lane and eventually retired to live in
Colwyn Bay.(This is mentioned elsewhere on your website).