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At 2.20am on 29th July, 2003, a blaze started at Wigan's best known furniture business, Elizabeth Furnishings. The fire quickly spread through Wharf Mill and the building was gutted and later had to be demolished.

Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan

Before the blaze. Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan taken in March, 2002.
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Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan

A view of the Carpet Department on the ground floor.
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Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan

Another view of the Carpet Department on the ground floor.
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Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan

The "Leather Gallery" on the upper floor.
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Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan

The fire at Wharf Mill in which Elizabeth Furnishings furniture store was gutted.
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Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan

The scene down Princess Street.
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Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan

The scene down Princess Street.
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Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan

The scene down Caroline Street.
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Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan

Swag the fabric shop is also gutted in the blaze.
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Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan

The fire at Elizabeth Furnishings.
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Elizabeth Furnishings, Wharf Mill, Princess Street, Wigan

Another view of Wharf Mill still burning.
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All that remains of Wharf Mill after the fire.

All that remains of Wharf Mill after the fire.
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The cast iron pillars still standing tall after the fire.

The cast iron pillars still standing tall after the fire.
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The charred oak beams were forty foot long.

The charred oak beams were forty foot long.
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The part that the Swag fabric shop occupied.

The part that the Swag fabric shop occupied.
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Just a tangled assortment of charred oak beams and cast iron pillars.

Just a tangled assortment of charred oak beams and cast iron pillars.
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The beams were made up of two pieces of oak (8'' wide and 18'' deep and forty foot long) with a 1'' thick cast iron plate bolted inbetween.

The beams were made up of two pieces of oak (8" wide and 18" deep and forty foot long) with a 1'' thick cast iron plate bolted inbetween.
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A closer look at the beams. It is said to be the first mill in Wigan to be built with this type of construction and was built around 1805.

A closer look at the beams. It is said to be the first mill in Wigan to be built with this type of construction and was built around 1805.
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