Our small but well-established group meets once a month in Wigan for lectures and discussions on topics of historical or archaeological interest. We have a trip in the summer and carry out fieldwork during the year (including excavations).


To expand the knowledge and awareness of our local, national and international heritage.

Increase our understanding of the historical significance of the area.

Provide a base for research and a resource for field projects within the area.

Visit our website www.wiganarchsoc.co.uk

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  1. I think that it is believed that the place to practice archery in the olden days was at Hardybutts (archer butts). I seem to remember reading somewhere that the archers from Lancashire assembled at Wigan before going on the Agincourt Campaign with Henry V.
    If so, would they have assembled/practiced at Hardybutts ?
    The battle of Agincourt was fought on St. Crispins Day, 1415.
    The Pub at the bottom of Hardybutts near to it`s junction with Darlington Street is The Crispin Arms.
    Is there any connection with the naming of the Pub/site of any previous Inn etc, ?

  2. Nice theory George but I haven’t come across any reference to a previous establishment on this site (the current building we think dates to the late 1900th century).

  3. Hi guys,
    Great site with lots of interest. I’ve just bought a house not too far from Angers, and have an interest in history/archaeology. I was wondering if you could tell me where you did your field walking – I’d love to do some of my own. No problem if you’re not able to reveal your locations for whatever reason, I just thought I’d ask.
    All the best,

    • Hi Kerry – glad you like the site. We did our fieldwork at a place called Chennahutte on the south side of the Loire between Angers and Saumur. However I would advise that you didn’t go field walking there unless you can get permission from the land owner. Angers and the area around is fully of history – hope you enjoy discovering it.

  4. I recollect from the 1950’s seeing large shallow flagged areas approx. 30 by 10 yards (very vague guess here!) – whether these pans ever contained bleach I cannot conjecture

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