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Wingates is located in Greater Manchester
Wingates shown within Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SD654071
Civil parish
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BOLTON
Postcode district BL5
Dialling code 01942
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
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Greater Manchester
53°33′32″N 2°31′23″W / 53.559°N 2.523°W / 53.559; -2.523Coordinates: 53°33′32″N 2°31′23″W / 53.559°N 2.523°W / 53.559; -2.523

Wingates is a small settlement located in the town of Westhoughton, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester, England.[1] The name is believed to mean 'a gate for the wind', and it seems likely as this is in an exposed position above Westhoughton. It has also been known as Win-yate and Windyates. Historically part of Lancashire, it lies mainly along the A6 road between Blackrod and Walkden.

In 1315 a group of men led by Sir William Bradshaigh of Haigh Hall, Sir Henry Lea of Charnock Richard and Sir Adam Banastre met in the village to plan a campaign of violence against Sir Robert de Holland of Upholland, chief retainer of the powerful Earl of Lancaster. The campaign came to be known as the Banastre Rebellion and ended with the deaths of most the main protagonists.[2]

Wingates is the home of the championship-winning Wingates Band, one of the best-known brass bands in the United Kingdom.[3]

Church of St John the Evangelist, Wingates

St John the Evangelist's church was consecrated in 1859 and the churchyard contains many graves of the victims of the 1910 Pretoria Pit Disaster [4] John Wesley, the co-founder of the Methodist church, preached a sermon at Barnaby's Farm at Wingates in April 1784, an occasion commemorated by a memorial plaque on the side of the A6..

From Wingates the A6 leads north-west to Blackrod and south-east to Walkden. From the church Wingates Lane leads to Lostock and Church Street to the centre of Westhoughton.


  1. ^ "Greater Manchester Gazetteer". Greater Manchester County Record Office. Place Names T to W. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Mabs Cross Legend and Reality". Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wingates". Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Brief History of St. John's". Retrieved 10 December 2013.