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 Photo-a-Day      (Friday, 20th January, 2012) Views: 3,458 
Wigan Parish Church
 Wigan Parish Church   by Andrew Fishburn  (Canon EOS 5D)
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Comment by David Fairclough on 20th January 2012 at 01:08
Another good shot Andrew, makes the parish church look spooky, should have bats flying around the tower. There used to be something on the wall to the left of the photo telling the story of the Wigan Royalist defending the church from the tower during the civil war. Is it still there?


Comment by alan on 20th January 2012 at 02:17
They have a tower like that in Pisa.


Comment by ted on 20th January 2012 at 02:25
well done andrew. a trio of top class photos,


Comment by Helen on 20th January 2012 at 08:40
An atmospheric photo, you can just imagine the church back in time, as it was in the book, The White Cockade Passes by Kathleen Fidler. A Good tale of Wigan.


Comment by peter on 20th January 2012 at 08:44
bit of hdr there andrew
nice shot


Comment by irene roberts on 20th January 2012 at 08:59
Lovely but quite eerie photo; I love the bare branches of the tree against the Winter sky.


Comment by Dave Marsh on 20th January 2012 at 10:49
Probably the best angle for an image of the Church.I can only remember going inside once as a child to see Lady Mabel.Look up and there are dozens of interesting gargoyles,some very grotesque.On my last visit I was pleasantly surprised to see a tribute to Dacre Brown by the side door on the photo,he was a man I will always remember as a very enthusiastic teacher of geography.Great photo Andrew.


Comment by Neil Cain on 20th January 2012 at 10:52
The plaque about the Royalist defenders is still there


Comment by Syd on 20th January 2012 at 11:18
Another fabulous Wigan shot, no birds, no flowers,no dogs, no insects.
Fabulous shot Andrew, "keep em coming"!


Comment by David on 20th January 2012 at 11:31
Great photograph.


Comment by Catherine on 20th January 2012 at 11:49
Helen, I have a copy of The White Cockade Passes on my shelf as I write. It was my Dad's. It's a great story.


Comment by irene roberts on 20th January 2012 at 12:39
Catherine, you are so lucky....that book sells for a fortune these days! You must be very proud to own a copy.


Comment by Ron D on 20th January 2012 at 13:06
I think its distorted.


Comment by irene roberts on 20th January 2012 at 13:38
I think it's meant to be, Ron.


Comment by Helen on 20th January 2012 at 13:45
Catherine & Irene, I too have a copy of the book given to my mother in 1947 by my Grandfather. I make a point of reading it every now & again...its still a good story. I love the opening...Wigan on a market day in late November 1745.


Comment by Catherine on 20th January 2012 at 14:21
Irene, I love the story. My dad got the book as a Sunday school attendance prize in the 1940's. I did see somewhere that copies of it were selling for ridculous prices.


Comment by Mick on 20th January 2012 at 14:44
If I had it hanging on our wall I would be thinking I was drunk.


Comment by ann aspinall on 20th January 2012 at 15:32
anybody remember abraham guest 4b 1962 ish


Comment by irene roberts on 20th January 2012 at 15:37
Cathrine and Helen, I have a number of The Brydons series of books by Kathleen Fidler set in the 1940s/50s, and in one of them they are on a canal-boat, and they get off it in Wigan and walk around the town; again the Parish Church and the Market are involved in the story, so she obviously had a soft spot for Wigan.


Comment by Andrew Fishburn on 20th January 2012 at 16:04
Hi Ron
you're right, a lot distorted! 'Converging verticals' is the price to pay when photographing a tall building up close with a very wide angle lens. I got as far back as possible (a large wall behind my back), and only just managed to get the church in the frame. There are lenses to correct this of course (outside of my finances) or I could correct it with a bit of electrickery in Photoshop, but the building would look very 'squat'!

Still, a view worth sharing I thought.

I love my home town and it's people so will try to send a few more views of how I see Wigan.

Best wishes all,

andrew


Comment by incer71 on 20th January 2012 at 17:51
another good pic andrew of our towns buildings,nice 1


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 20th January 2012 at 21:25
Yes Mick I agree....thought i`d had too many horlicks.!


Comment by Mavis on 20th January 2012 at 22:40
just looked on Amazon to download on my kindle the book by Kathleen Fiddler 60quid cant afford, hope they have it in the library...great picture of the Parish Church.


Comment by Ron D on 20th January 2012 at 23:07
Like I said yesterday Andrew. Your approach is good ,but strait record should be just that,and not made into a cartoon for convenience.Look forward to more from you,cheers.


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 21st January 2012 at 22:08
I remember Kathleen Fidler books at Gidlow schhol in the late 40`s.


Comment by myers.kevin2@gmail.com on 22nd January 2012 at 01:08
the image is great and gothic a good dark and real view of wigan


Comment by joan b on 22nd January 2012 at 10:50
Great pic Andrew, very spooky and atmospheric.


Comment by george (Bolton) on 23rd January 2012 at 15:20
Kathleen Fiddler was brought up in Wigan as good a reason as any for her to write about it


Comment by ben cusick on 22nd November 2012 at 01:48
is this HDR?


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