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 Photo-a-Day      (Sunday, 7th February, 2010) Views: 3,878 
Grand houses
 Grand houses   by Dave Marsh  (Canon 400D)
One of these once grand houses was the rectory for the Vicar of St. Thomas's Church. New Market Street/Frog Lane.

Comment by Ken R on 7th February 2010 at 00:30
I have seen these buildings and often wondered over the years, why have they not been repaired and rented as flats or whatever?


Comment by peterp on 7th February 2010 at 08:41
Yet another bad side to Wigan,dereliction and despair.


Comment by Roy on 7th February 2010 at 10:55
Dave,I'm sure I read somewhere recently that these houses were to be renovated.Can anyone confirm?


Comment by dave marsh on 7th February 2010 at 11:32
One of these grand houses was the vicarage for St.Thomas's Church in Caroline St.Each time I walk past I remember calling there to inform the Rev.J.F.Gerard that my father had died in 1955,a very sad moment.They have been derelict for so long,it seems most strange.


Comment by Cyril on 7th February 2010 at 12:11
The three that are boarded up at one time belonged to the health authority and used as clinics, but were sold off after they moved to the Linacre Centre. They were originally planned to become an extension to the Tudor House Hotel, but I suppose that has been shelved for the foreseeable future, shame really has they could be made to look grand once again.


Comment by maureen on 7th February 2010 at 13:13
It really is a shame,I've said it many times,they must have been something to look at in their hey-day.


Comment by Les Bagg on 7th February 2010 at 15:54
I've never, ever been able to understand how just well built and brilliant looking buildings as these can be allowed to fall into such disrepair, I would love to buy one of these and completely revamp it into a dwelling to be proud of, but, hang on, me lottery numbers didn't come up and me football coupon crashed again! ;-)
Seriously though, these are the sort of buildings that should be cherished.


Comment by Cherry on 7th February 2010 at 18:50
Doesn't the bloke who owns the Tudor House own them?


Comment by Ken R on 8th February 2010 at 00:00
It would probably not be a good idea to just reno only one of these houses they are probably so interconnected that it would have to be on a all or nothing basis.


Comment by Phil H. on 8th February 2010 at 14:54
Funny you should that Cherry - I've heard the same thing. Fine sight it would have been to see all those chimneys smoking at the same time LOL :-)))


Comment by Val W on 8th February 2010 at 17:30
the first one in the pic was where my granparents lived from the 1960s to 1984 when my nan died. they were 3 individual flats and my grandparents lived on the bottom floor. growing up they were beautiful houses and every time i go past i cant help but think "What a Shame"


Comment by jean on 9th February 2010 at 22:24
Look at those fantastic chimneys! Such lovely houses in such disrepair.


Comment by sane man on 10th February 2010 at 02:56
I belive the Chap from the Tudor House owns the 3 in the picture. Disgrace they are allowed to get to this state


Comment by A Parr Australia on 10th February 2010 at 08:45
Good photo dave , ive; walked past there loads of times,many moons ago ,but looking at this building,it seems to me,there are too many chimneys what do you think,


Comment by RG on 21st February 2010 at 15:43
Many well known, well to-do, people of Wigan lived in this row over the past couple of centuries. If you check out old census some of the names are very familiar.
Before using up any more land why oh why aren't buildings such as this brought back into use. Look around this area and there are many in the same state. Shame.


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