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Hope Street Congregational Chapel   Views: 1511
Later Hope Street Congregational Chapel   Comments: 8
Photo: Mick   Item #: 7403  
Later Hope Street Congregational Chapel
  The later (second) Hope Street Chapel, which was built in the 1880s. This view shows the rear of the building, and the corner of Mesnes Street and Mesnes Terrace (opposite Smith's bookshop). Demolished c. 1973/74.
Photo believed to be c.1900.

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Comments by Helen W, 23rd September 2008  
Can anyone tell me the reason that this building was demolished, could it not have been converted to some other use ? I am coming to Wigan in the next couple of weeks & wonder if I will recognise anything at all !

Comments by Mick, 23rd September 2008  
I think the main reason it was demolished Helen, was because it was in Wigan, which has an unparalleled history where architectural vandalism is concerned. Any other town would have taken pains to conserve it.

Comments by dave johnson, 23rd September 2008  
In the Sixties one of the rooms used to hold Dance Classes for young girls, I know this because both my younger sisters did Ballet and Tap when they were aged about Eight and Six. The building later housed the Junior Dole before it was all transferred to Brocul House. The reason it was flattened was so that the car-park for the now almost defunct Galleries could be built, such a wise move!

Comments by Helen W., 23rd September 2008  
Oh Dear....there seems to be no hope for what was a fine Lancashire town. Haven't the vandals been voted out yet ?
Still, I shall look forward to seeing what is left of a place I have fond memories of.

Comments by Helen W., 23rd September 2008  
Just a PS. I remember going to the Congregational Church with my Grandfather Thomas Bryson. It seemed like a huge space to me as a child, lots of shiny wood & a lofty ceiling. Very sad that is no more.

Comments by frank a, 25th September 2008  
This is where the "new" market hall is now, what a waste of space.I attended Hope Church from about 1938 to 1950 and have many happy memories of Sunday School and Youth Club, etc. I signed on there when I left school in 1952. I remember Ian Mckellen and his sister Jean being there.

Comments by Frank Healy, 26th September 2008  
I should be able to remember a fine building like this but, strangely, I can't. Wonder if any of the culprits look at this web-site and blush with shame.

Comments by Helen W, 30th September 2008  
Don't worry yourself Frank, nameless culprits sitting in council offices have no shame & don't look at Wigan World because they don't really care what people want or think. A sad state of affairs in a democratic society (?)

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