SD580527K, Man marking Ordnance Survey minor control revision point with an arrow in 1950s

This month we have been concentrating on uploading many more photos of Wigan and the surrounding area.

These were all taken by Ordnance Survey in the 1940s and 1950s as part of the post-war survey and in the most urban areas there may be well over 100 photos per kilometre.

The photos record survey points, usually marked with a nail and recorded to centimetre accuracy, meaning the photos can usually be accurately placed.  

Of course it is the accidental photo inclusions that we find most fascinating today, especially the curious children, passers-by, houses, trains and factories recorded in the images. If you are looking for photos of the grand buildings you will be disappointed. Instead they record street corners, humble shops, back alleys, streets and farm yards.