Westhoughton History Group


World War Exhibitions

To view the Certificate of Achievement Award presented to Pam Clarke and Garth Ratcliffe by the Mayor of Westhoughton for their World War Exhibition and hear of the Group’s successes in recent years from Westhoughton Rotary click on link below


Pretoria Pit Disaster - Service of Remembrance

The annual service of Remembrance of the Pretoria Pit Disaster was held on 21 December 2016. You may view the short service at the memorial in the churchyard at St Bartholomew’s at


Associated Websites

The History Group has also created the following websites :-

www.pretoria.org.uk - dedicated to the Pit Disaster of 1910 when 344 men and boys died following an underground explosion. The site includes press reports of the accident and contributions from relatives who lost grandparents at the time.

www.theluddites.org.uk - dedicated to the burning of the Westhoughton Mill by the Luddites in 1812

Contact :mail@westhoughtonhistorygroup.org.uk

Site updated 21 August 2017

The History Group aims to provide something for everyone who is interested in the history and development of Westhoughton through the centuries.

The Group has grown steadily since it was established in 2005 and meetings held fortnightly now attract over 70 members.

Whilst some are actively researching the history of the town and its surrounding areas, others are content to listen to presentations and participate in events. A number of publications have already been produced and details of these can be found on this website.

With the untimely death of Pamela Clarke, aged 71, Westhoughton has lost one of its best-known and much-loved citizens, who has made an incomparable contribution to the life of the town – especially the chronicling of its fascinating history. After a very brave battle against cancer, Pam died peacefully at her home in Wingates on the morning of 31 January 2017.

Read David Kaye’s tribute to Pam on the adjoining page and Take a Walk in the Park with Pam with the youtube video.