Wigan Coal and Iron Co
of Kirkless, Wigan.
1865 The company was established as an amalgamation of the Earl of Crawford's collieries with the Kirkless Hall Coal and Iron Co. and other interests. The concerns taken over were the Haigh and Holland Collieries, the Kirkless Hall Collieries and Ironworks, the Standish and Shevington Cannel Works, the Broomfield Colliery, and the pits worked by Mr. J. Taylor under the style of the Standish Coal Company.
1865 The company was registered on 2 December. 
1873 The plant included ten blast furnaces 65 ft high and five furnaces 80 ft high; three compound blast engines by Nasmyth, having six blowing cylinders 100" bore, 12 ft stroke; sixteen Lancashire boilers; 350 ft chimney
By 1884 was one of the largest mining companies in the kingdom.
1914 Coal proprietors, iron and steel manufacturers. Specialities: coal for all purposes; Wigan cannel; pig iron, spiegeleisen silico spiegel, ferro-manganese; Siemens open-hearth steel billets, blooms, bars etc.; nickel steel, concrete flags, macadam, tar macadam etc. Employees 11,000. 
1924 John M’Glone, labourer, Lisburn Street, Higher Ince, was killed through a fly-wheel bursting at the Wigan Coal and Iron Co.'s Kirkless Works, Wigan. 
1927 See Aberconway Chapter VII for information on the company and its history.
1930 Amalgamation of the Pearson and Knowles group of companies with the Wigan Coal and Iron Co and formation of 2 new companies to hold the coal and steel interests separately. The coal business would be called the Wigan Coal Corporation Ltd. The iron and steel business would be called the Lancashire Steel Corporation. The companies were formed under the auspices of the Securities Management Trust, formed by the Bank of England to facilitate reconstruction of the iron and steel industry.
Sources of Information
- The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
- Birmingham Daily Post - Tuesday 12 August 1873
- 1914 Whitakers Red Book
- Evening Telegraph, 23rd September 1924
- The Times, 22 May 1930
- The Times, 20 December 1932