The pie’s the limit for Wiganers

Pooles ' serving the highest quality pies for 165 years
Pooles ' serving the highest quality pies for 165 years
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BRITAIN’S oldest pie manufacturer, is asking Wiganers to help them celebrate a significant milestone in their history.

This year marks the 165th anniversary of Pooles Pies, and to commemorate the landmark, the iconic manufacturers are asking the town’s pie lovers to tell them about their Pooles memories and send in pictures and memorabilia. These will then be used to tell the ‘Story of Pooles’.

New owner, Neil Court-Johnston, who bought the Pemberton-based company from Dave Whelan earlier this year, said: “Wigan is the home of pies and I’m sure there are some great pie-related stories out there.

“We’d like everyone to search their homes from top to bottom, raid their sheds and comb through the long-forgotten items in their lofts and attics to find any pictures or memorabilia they have of Pooles Pies.”

Founded in 1847, by Margaret Poole, the company has experienced a varied history from humble beginnings to a multi-million pound take-over. Now the company is looking to compile a comprehensive Pooles biography.

Mr Court-Johnston added: “As the country’s oldest pie company we have a really interesting tale to tell, not just about our company but also about the region.

“We’re particularly interested in finding out about the company between 1881 and 1973, during which period there has been very little information recorded.

“But we’re also hoping to fill all the gaps in our history. Perhaps you or a relative used to work at the Pooles factory?

“Maybe you can remember eating our pies as a child? Whatever your story is we’d like to hear from you.”

The contributions will also be displayed at an exhibition detailing the story of Pooles, from its origins through to its modern day pie production.

All of the submissions will be considered before a final shortlist of items to be featured in the exhibition is drawn up.

People should to send their pictures, memories and descriptions of items to neil@poolespiespanel.co.uk.

Pooles was established in 1847 as a local craft bakery, which ultimately became a household name in the North West.

Today, it has been transformed into a state-of-the-art 200,000sq ft. plant that could make up to 25,000 pies and pastries an hour.