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Gibbeting of Wilding 1800

Smallpox at Hindley 1876

New Water Supply For Hindley

The Hindley Tramway

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HINDLEY

Gibbeting of Wilding 1800

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A correspondent W. U of 4 Market Street, Hindley wrote to a contemporary at Wigan - In respect of the gibbeting of Wilding at Ashton in 1800, my father and grandfather were constables at that time, and kept the Bay Horse at Ashton which my cousin keeps now. Wilding waylaid the post lad travelling between Warrington and Wigan on horseback, took his bags, bound his arms and feet, and then carried him to a pool of water halfway between Borrows Lane and Mr. John Ashton's Farm, from where he was found, his entreaties to save his life having prevailed. After some chasing my father had to do with his apprehension near Winwick. He was tried and hanged at Lancaster then brought; and posted up (gibbeted) at the top of the Old Road near to Mr. Burgess' house. After some time complaints were made to the authorities and he was burned in the nighttime on the waste ground opposite. He was a tall powerful man. a pugilist, a most desperate character, and had fought in the ring on the stage.

Gibbeting was a common law punishment which was a judge could impose in addition to the execution. The murder act of 1751 enabled judges to impose this to murderers, where by the criminal was hung in a cage or chains after death, usually at a public highway or crossroads near the scene of the crime, intending to discourage others from the same offence. The smell of the decaying corpse was offensive and was seen as a threat to public health.                                                                       

                                                                                                                                        

 

 

Smallpox at Hindley 1876

Smallpox broke out at two public houses in Hindley and the Local Board ordered them to be closed at once under the Provision of the Public Health Act 1875

New Water Supply For Hindley

From the Leigh and Hindley Local Boards (Water) Act of 1876 these boards were empowered to combine for the purpose of supplying water within their districts and certain places beyond. A joint committee was formed of the two Boards to purchase the undertaking of the South Lancashire Waterworks Co. under an Act of 1871 and to construct the waterworks and works specified in the 1876 Act.

The Hindley Tramway

Hindley Local Board reported the examination of roads, and compared them with a surveyors report and proposed that the new levels shown on the plan be carried out. It was resolved with the consultation of the Wigan Tramway Co. that the levels of Hindley Green and Atherton Road be carried out first and the best Leicester setts to be used 1882

 The Hindley/Ince line of the Wigan Tramways Co. were completed on the 1 January 1883 and were inspected by Major General Hutchinson one of the inspectors for the Board of Trade. The line terminates at the Post Office Ladies Lane Hindley. The inspector was thoroughly satisfied with the work.

 

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