In The Heart Of Westhoughton
Waggon & Horses
Stained Glass Windows
We’re proud to have such huge pieces of Westhoughton history commemorated in our building.
Some of our other pieces of stained-glass includes The Abbot of Cockersand Abbey and the Ancient Seal of Cockersand Abbey, The Tutoring of HRH the Prince of Wales by Rev. William Leigh, Prisoners Being Led Away To Lathom House, Apprehensive Villagers, the Old White Lion Inn, Arrival of the Scots Greys, Army of the Great Pretender. We also have some incredible portraits of the Earl of Derby, who was the General of the King’s Forces in the Civil War, Prince Rupert (1682) and Bonnie Prince Charlie who visited Hulton Hall in 1745.
We wanted to celebrate the buildings’ stained glass and that’s why we have themed our coffee liqueur menu after our different windows!
Timeline Of Waggon & Horses' Stained Glass Windows
In the Reign of Henry III
Land was being granted to “God and the Abbey of Cockersand in return for prayers for the souls of the ancestors and descendents of the families concerned” The monks administered the estate from their grange at Brinsop and also a grange by Conware (Corner Brook). The abbot of Cockersand was a good landlord, and made many improvements, it is said he erected at chapel on Westhoughton Common, which is the site where the present church of St Bartholomew now stands, in the centre of the town.
The Lighting of the Beacon on Rivington Pike
Civil War Royalist Victory at Westhoughton
During the English Civil War in 1642, a battle was fought on Westhoughton Common between Lord Derby’s Cavalier forces and Parliamentarians. The Parliamentarians under Captains Bradshaw, Venables and Browne ran into a force of some thousand Royalists from the Wigan garrison under Lord Derby and were forced to surrender.
After the Battle
Captain Risley Browne, Lieutenant Peter Rylands and 160 men were taken prisoner. Prisoners were led away to Lathom House.
Prince Rupert of the Rhine
Bonnie Prince Charlie at Hulton Hall
A stained glass window depicts the arrival of ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie‘ in 1745. There were eyewitness accounts of the retreat of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s forces, north from Manchester via Four Lane Ends in Hulton (via the present A6 Road).
The burning of Westhoughton factory
The burning of Westhoughton Mill is one of the most important events in Westhoughton’s history and was one of the first terrorist acts in Britain. During 1811 and 1812 Luddites, impoverished by the consequences of steam-driven machinery had attacked powered mills throughout the North and Midlands. The mill was set on fire using straw from the White Lion and fire from one of the cottages on Mill Street.
Aftermath of the Fire
“It’s getten it yed fast in’t gate. I’st a’t’ get it eaut some road."
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