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 Photo-a-Day      (Friday, 2nd April, 2010) Views: 3,893 
Our Architectural Heritage
 Our Architectural Heritage   by Dave Marsh  (Canon 400D with Canon 28-135mm lens)
Is it doomed? Wallgate's little gems taken from the new North West Station car park.

Comment by Fred on 2nd April 2010 at 00:37
Great photo Dave what a beautiful building.


Comment by alan on 2nd April 2010 at 01:23
Beautiful architecture. Why has Wigan Council allowed it to remain standing ?


Comment by David on 2nd April 2010 at 09:57
Is it under threat? The Swan & Railway pub is listed Grade II.


Comment by Ron D on 2nd April 2010 at 10:19
Sorry. But it is a typical Victorian monstrosity .They liked their terracotta ,I don't. Most people think that if it is old it must be good .How wrong they are . Nowt wrong with the photograph though .
The pub design is a little better. A bit of style about it.


Comment by Cyril on 2nd April 2010 at 11:29
There is a vast cellar area under the Masonic Buildings that was at one time a Billiard Hall, looks like the Masonic Hall on the first and second floors is now to let, future apartments maybe. Is Sam Holding still the landlord of the Swan & Railway?

I like your comment Alan and how very true, as the council has demolished some very fine buildings down the years.


Comment by Neil on 2nd April 2010 at 11:42
Flatten it a build a car park i say....


Comment by dave johnson on 2nd April 2010 at 11:53
Cyril, Sam Holding left the Swan about fifteen years ago. Good lad Sam, remember him when he had the Balcarres at Haigh.


Comment by David on 2nd April 2010 at 12:00
Was Pools Pie Shop originally in one of the shops in the photograph?


Comment by jam on 2nd April 2010 at 12:53
..nowt wrong wi' building, jus paint the window frames an it'll look great!!


Comment by janet on 2nd April 2010 at 12:55
Sorry Ron D, maybe you don't like terracotta, but one thing is for sure, the old buildings stand the test of time, which is a lot more than can be said about todays rubbish buildings, apart from being plain ugly, they're ready for falling down, in no time at all...Everything today is built as cheap as possible and not a craftsman in sight..


Comment by Gem on 2nd April 2010 at 14:21
Wigan IS Terracotta, there are some fine buildings all they need is some TLC


Comment by Dave Marsh on 2nd April 2010 at 17:31
Thanks for all your comments and opinions folk,they are what makes this section of wiganworld so interesting.


Comment by Ken R on 3rd April 2010 at 01:38
To Gem, your right Wigan has always been a brick town, brick does not outlast stone. Dave, Pooles Pies was a little further to the right of the Fish and Chip shop nearer to Wallgate Station.


Comment by Roy on 3rd April 2010 at 18:32
When was there a billiard hall there Cyril?


Comment by Cyril on 4th April 2010 at 11:50
Hello Roy, I was doing some work in the cellar a long time ago, and Kath Cooper who then had the Words bookshop was telling me about how there was a billiard hall down there at one time, I don't know when but maybe someone on WW will know.


Comment by Alby on 5th April 2010 at 10:40
At the back of that building, years ago,was a builders yard.I remember getting sand and cement there.Is that correct or not.


Comment by Cyril on 6th April 2010 at 11:02
You're right Alby, I think it was Peck's Builder's Merchants or was that the tarpaulin maker.


Comment by Paul on 3rd May 2010 at 10:22
I work at the taxi place on the photo. There was a builders yard behind it, now a car park owned by the son of the builders yard!


Comment by Ferg on 16th May 2010 at 14:48
A very nice picture of a nice set street scene. It wouldn't take much to clean these up, mainly needs the vegetation removing! A few tree saplings along the path would be nice to to breathe a bit of life into the town centre, but no doubt drunkards would snap them in no time :(


Comment by sean melling on 7th May 2013 at 23:52
anybody got any pics of the fag ash up stairs at the swan and railway pub


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