Church of All Saints
Part of Group: Yes 7 Oth
At Risk: No
English Heritage Ref: 334 (Link)
The Parish Church is first mentioned in 1199 but is usually taken to be the Parish Church of Newton referred to in the Domesday Book of 1086. The tower, which dominates the Wigan skyline from distant and closer viewpoints, dates from the later 13th Century in the lower parts. It was remodelled in the 15th Century and heightened with pairs of windows and a pinnacled parapet in 1861 (Paley). Note the commemorative plaque, with details of the Civil War, at the foot of the tower. Adjoining the tower is the Walmesley Chapel of 1620. Apart from the original features the Church was substantially rebuilt as a faithful copy (of the 15th Century Perpendicular Gothic Church) by Sharpe and Paley (1845-60) at a cost of about £15,000.
Features of particular note inside are:- the Morris / Burne Jones stained glass window of St.Christopher in the south aisle; the nave and aisle roofs (largely of old timbers i.e. probably original 15th Century); the tiers of heavily carved stalls for the Mayor and Corporation of 1850 at the west end; a 13th Century window and a Roman altar built into the tower; and the effigies of Sir William and Lady Mabel de Bradshaigh in the south chapel formerly a Chantry founded in 1338. Lady Mabel is associated with Mabs Cross on Standishgate and the Lady Mabel Legend which involved a penance for bygamy by Lady Mabel who walked barefoot from her home at Haigh Hall to the Cross in Wigan once a week. She had married Sir Osmund Nevil while her husband was away. Sir William returned after 10 years disguised as a pilgrim. He slew Sir Osmund at Newton Park and settled down at Haigh Hall with Lady Mabel.
Extract from Wigan Town Trail