Digging into the roots of history

I recently purchased a number of the Burtonwood Brewery in-house ‘Top Hat’ magazines from the 1980s, in one of them was this article concerning the excavation of the Southworth Burial Mound which is between Winwick and Lowton. Digging into the roots of history Remnants of a long-lost civilisation have been unearthed from plough-blade depth on open farmland, close to a huge man-made crater which will eventually accommodate colliery waste. And to mark the sensational discovery, being hailed as the North’s most important prehistoric find of the last decade, the archaeology…

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Southworth Burial Mound

Southworth Burial Mound Take Myddleton Lane (the ‘Eastern avenue’ off the Winwick mound) out of Winwick towards Culcheth and it will lead down the ley line towards Croft where it becomes Southworth Lane as it passes the ancient Southworth Hall over the M6 motorway. In the fields to the right Victorian Historical Journals from the Warrington Historical Society mention there may have been the burial mounds though these are now lost being ploughed flat, and in the field to the left on the Newton side, between the motorway and Southworth…

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Tumuli at Winwick, 1860

The earlier survey gives the more correct representation of the place, as there have certainly been at least two barrows, one in the field on the east, the other in that on the west side of the lane. The latter, which we shall first describe, is on a farm called " the Highfields," the ground sloping considerably from the north. The tumulus is about six feet above the level of the lane, and the ground to the west is uneven, forming a sort of bank, while the fence on the…

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Highwayman – Winwick, Red Bank Mill

I posted last week about a newspaper article I read about a local Highway Robbery, here now are the details: GENERAL POST OFFICEWednesday, November 12, 1800. The post-Boy carrying the Mail on Horseback from WARRINGTON to WIGAN was stopt about Half-past Two oClock in the Morning of Sunday 9th inst.. between Winwick and RED Bank MIll, by a Man on Foot, who after a struggle with the Rider pulled him off his Horse which the Robber mounted, and rode away with the Mail, containing the following bags of letters, viz.The…

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£200 REWARD – Red Bank Highwayman

I found this interesting bit of history while searching the web, this is a bit of text about the “THE SUN” Newspaper, from Thursday 13th November 1800. This Issue features a prominent front page advertisement announcing a £200 REWARD for the arrest of the HIGHWAYMAN who robbed the WARRINGTON MAIL between WINWICK and RED BANK HILL. He pulled the post boy off his horse and made off with the mailbag. Nearby were found a pistol, cap, plate and feather suggesting that the robber belonged to the QUEENS OWN REGIMENT OF…

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