Mugs61 - For all ex-pupils of UpHolland Grammar School and anyone with an interest in UpHolland Grammar School. It covers the history of the school from its humble start in 1661 up to it's transformation into Winstanley College now one of the most highly rated colleges in the country.

<The Original School Building in School Lane UpHolland

Within the site as well as the history of the school you will find a large selection of other information relating to the school. 

Photos from the early 1900's onwards covering all aspects of school life including school photos and sports.

School magazines and Documents relating to school matters.

Also school memories, teachers, reunions and news and emails from old pupils.

Winstanley College.

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Urgent information regarding the Future of Mugs61 website

I started the Mugs61 website about 20 yrs ago for ex-pupils from the early sixties and because of it’s popularity extended it to include any ex-pupils who attended UpHolland Grammar school.

It remains the top site if UpHolland Grammar is entered in a search engine and has helped many people to trace old friends or information about relatives that attended UGS or information about the school itself. It still receives hundreds of views weekly.
The website contains loads of information ranging from the history of the school to photos going back as far as the early 1900’s, school magazines and documents. It would be a shame if all this information was not readily available for anyone to access when required.
For the Mugs61 website to continue for years to come it requires two things - 
Firstly it requires someone or several people to help with running the site.. Anyone helping can do as much or as little with it as they want. More information can be easily added or they could just deal with enquiries from anyone wanting information.
Secondly the site is funded by donations and the money will run out by the end of the year. Many people use the site but it has been a regular few that have helped with donations.
If all the people who like the site made a small donation it will keep it going for many years. The cost of the site and other small expenses come to around £200 per year. Also the site could be funded through sponsorship if any local businesses are interested.
I would be interested to hear from anyone with ideas to keep the site going.



Message received 10/02/2024 from Helen Baldwin. -

 I’m just passing on some sad news I’ve heard today. Vivienne Waite passed away last Friday. She had been in hospital since before Christmas, suffering from cancer. She started at UGS in 1959, same year as I did, and was a good friend at school. There are some photos of her on Mugs61, she was on the school hockey team.
I haven’t been in close touch with her since school, but we corresponded from time to time.

I received sad news this week that Ian Kelly died suddenly last Friday (26th) from a massive heart attack. Ian was from the 1961 intake and one of the Kirkby Crowd who traveled together to UGS. 

19/8/22 -

Sad news received this week that Roberta Berry from the 1961 intake has sadly passed away. Our condolences to her family and friends.


I received the sad news today that my old school mate, from the 1961 intake, George Bate had sadly passed away. we were good mates at school and i was able to meet up with him again at the last reunion in 2014.

Check out the History page -


 Article on UpHolland Grammar School through the ages by Nicola Gray published in Wigan edition of LocalLife magazine in March 2022

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Winstanley College have put up a plaque in honour of H.B. Ellis.

see more on Headmasters page - click here

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