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HOWE BRIDGE HERITAGE TRAIL 2022

BRIDGERS COMMUNITY GROUP


HOWE BRIDGE HERITAGE TRAIL

LIST OF SITES AND ROUTE OF TRAIL. CAR PARKING AT HOWE BRIDGE LEISURE CENTRE


Site number one is the Howe Bridge Leisure Centre, from there you visit Atherton cricket club and Atherton Town Football club, then, go back to Leigh Road and turn left, follow the road until you arrive at Hansom Drive, cross over the road and walk up the drive to Pennington Football Club, from there back to Leigh Road and turn left towards the village, after Hansom Drive is the site of the former bus company { Lancashire United Transport } from there continue up Leigh Road until you come to Colliers Corner, spend a bit of time here, its beautiful, from the corner turn into the car park of the Gardeners Public House and you will find the Gardeners Bowling club & Green, across the road from the pub is the site of the former Howe Bridge Mines Rescue Station, very historical and famous, from the rescue station, go back to Leigh Road and turn left, the next site is Old Manor Park, a community garden, Carry on up Leigh Road and you will come to Howe Bridge Village Centre, stroll through and take in the history and heritage of this iconic village, including the Dutch design Promenade and houses, the houses were built to accommodate the mining employees of the Fletcher Burrows, the large building in the centre of the terraced row was the former “ public baths “ which were built for the residents to use when they finished working for the day, the miners families also used the baths. at the end of the village is the site of the former Briarcroft Hall, then immediately after Briarcroft is the site of our local Scout headquarters, after the headquarters, walk past Atherton Cemetery and enter the Cemetery through the main gates, turn left and left again and you will arrive at the Cemetery Memorial Garden, leave the Cemetery and cross the road to the Atherton Cenotaph, from there you will see the new “ Welcome to Atherton Sign “ walk down Leigh Road and you come to St Michael`s Primary School, after the school is the Howe Bridge Working Men`s Club, then lower down the road is the site of the former Howe Bridge Railway Station, immediately after this site is “ Phil`s Walk “ then St Michael & All Angels Church, stroll through the church gardens and onto the last site, Howe Bridge Shield at the entrance to the Howe Bridge Leisure Centre and car park.

SITE No 1 HOWE BRIDGE LEISURE CENTRE

SITE No 2 ATHERTON CRICKET CLUB

SITE No 3 ATHERTON TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

SITE No 4 PENNINGTON FOOTBALL CLUB

SITE No 5 LANCASHIRE UNITED TRANSPORT

SITE No 6 COLLIERS CORNER { JUNCTION OF LOVERS LANE / LEIGH ROAD }

SITE No 7 GARDENERS BOWLING CLUB { BEHIND GARDENERS PUB }

SITE No 8 MINES RESCUE STATION { LOVERS LANE, NOW LOVERS LANE GARAGE }

SITE No 9 OLD MANOR PARK

SITE No 10 HOWE BRIDGE VILLAGE

SITE No 11 BRIARCROFT HALL { NOW APARTMENT BLOCK }

SITE No 12 2ND ATHERTON SCOUTS & 3RD ATHERTON GUIDES HEADQUARTERS

SITE No 13 ATHERTON CEMETERY MEMORIAL GARDEN

SITE No 14 ATHERTON CENOTAPH

SITE No 15 ATHERTON WELCOME SIGN

SITE No 16 ST MICHAEL`S PRIMARY SCHOOL

SITE No 17 HOWE BRIDGE STATION { DEMOLISHED IN THE 1970s }

SITE No 18 PHIL`S WALK { LEIGH ROAD TO LEISURE CENTRE, CRICKET CLUB / ATHERTON TOWN FC

SITE No 19 ST MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS CHURCH

SITE No 20 HOWE BRIDGE SHIELD




MAP OF HOWE BRIDGE FROM ORDINANCE SURVEY MAP OF 1908


The Howe Bridge Heritage Trail was created to show and showcase the expansive, amazing and diverse history of our beautiful village, as you will see from the many different sites and information regarding our history and heritage on the Q R Coded Plaques at the sites, Howe Bridge really is a UNIQUE and SPECIAL village.

Each site will describe the special features and facts about that particular site and will then give instructions on how to follow the trail from site to site, each with its own place in our history and hearts.


FOLLOW THE TRAIL AND ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT BEAUTIFUL HOWE BRIDGE.


THE VILLAGE OF HOWE BRIDGE

Is part of the larger town of Atherton and is approximately ½ mile south of Atherton town centre which is also part of the larger borough of Wigan in Greater Manchester.

Both Wigan and Atherton were part of Lancashire until 1974 when all of the administrative boundaries were change under the local government act of 1972 became law


ATHERTON COAT OF ARMS



POWYS FAMILY

Thomas Atherton Powys, 3rd Baron Lilford (2 December 1801 – 15 March 1861), was a British peer and Whig politician.

Lilford was the son of Thomas Powys, 2nd Baron Lilford, and Henrietta Maria Atherton of Atherton Hall.[1] He succeeded his father as third Baron Lilford in 1825. In 1837 he was appointed a Lord-in-waiting (government whip in the House of Lords) in the Whig administration of Lord Melbourne, a post he held until the government fell in August 1841. He never returned to office.

Lord Lilford married the Hon. Mary Elizabeth Fox, daughter of Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland, and Lady Holland, in 1830, and had ten children.[2] He inherited Lilford Hall in Northamptonshire from his father in 1825. In 1860, he inherited Bank Hall in Bretherton, Lancashire, on the death of his brother-in-law George Anthony Legh Keck. A year after inheriting he died in March 1861, aged 59, and was succeeded by his eldest son Thomas, a prominent ornithologist. Lady Lilford died in 1891.



























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