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 Photo-a-Day      (Thursday, 23rd February, 2012) Views: 2,804 
History Shop
 History Shop   by Andrew Fishburn  (Canon EOS 5D)
View of the Museum of Wigan Life (History Shop) against a background of the new baths.

Comment by Derek Platt on 23rd February 2012 at 02:02
Looking at the architecture of both buildings, I know which I prefer. The history shop may be neglected but it is far superior to the Lego building. Also on the new Life centre,the designers have provided access to the roof by way of a nice ladder. I wonder if it is alarmed.


Comment by jj on 23rd February 2012 at 08:34
What an excellent contrast between the highly attractive architecture of an earlier age, and what passes for design these days. Does anybody in Wigan prefer the modern version? I, for one, do not.


Comment by Mick on 23rd February 2012 at 08:36
A more natural look of Wigan.


Comment by peterp on 23rd February 2012 at 08:54
The road signs say it .One way sign look up at the nice building,The no entry sign says it all


Comment by rob on 23rd February 2012 at 09:04
there is a place for modern and older buildings - Look at any major city and you will see examples everywhere.


Comment by irene roberts on 23rd February 2012 at 09:06
Would someone tell Wigan Council where they can buy some more lego as they appear to have run out of bricks. Besides looking like a prison, the place looks half-finished.


Comment by JimLatham on 23rd February 2012 at 09:52
The History Shop has just had more than 1 million of our Great British Pounds spent on its refurbishment, so to say it's been neglected may be a bit unfair.
These Town Centre Projects are very costly. So.how much are we prepared to spend?


Comment by JimLatham on 23rd February 2012 at 09:59
The History Shop has just had more than 1 million of our Great British Pounds spent on its refurbishment, so to say it's been neglected may be a bit unfair.
These Town Centre Projects are very costly. So.how much are we prepared to spend?


Comment by Alan on 23rd February 2012 at 11:11
I prefer the old look. That new building is ugly and soulless. This is what the government want in our faces, not things of beauty but things of emptiness that are designed to depress us even more; what with all the surveilance watching our every move as well. And what's with the meaningless art we have in town, namely the face of Wigan & the metal spikes next to Standishgate. What's all that about?


Comment by irene roberts on 23rd February 2012 at 11:39
If you complain about these monstrosities, all you get is: "We've had a lot of positive feedback". That's because they only listen to the feedback they want to hear, not the voice of 90% of the people.


Comment by Catherine on 23rd February 2012 at 12:11
I think that both types of architecture have their place. After all think of some of the stunning Shard in London. That's modern architecture.


Comment by Gem on 23rd February 2012 at 12:24
Derek the History Shop is not neglected it has had a full facelift inside and out.


Comment by Lee Layland on 23rd February 2012 at 12:57
Pitty they couldn't do something with the buildings next to the History Shop


Comment by Neil F. Harriss. on 23rd February 2012 at 13:26
I can see myself, as Fred,I have an
old"Myford" lathe, and scour car boot sales, for bits of old brass etc'to scratch build any thing that
looks like a steam engine.And I enjoy,being an eccentric'in that
regard. Cheers Neil


Comment by JimLatham on 23rd February 2012 at 15:28
I must stop repeating myself. I must stop repeating myself.


Comment by Ken R on 23rd February 2012 at 16:38
I like to see the old buildings and I listen and read the comments here, but you cant have every building an old building. To build in the old style is virtually impossible thse days, one of the most difficult and the most expensive is finding the "trades people" to do the work.


Comment by Maggie on 23rd February 2012 at 16:40
Oil give it foive.


Comment by Derek Platt on 23rd February 2012 at 19:46
Sorry guys, I've been too long away from Wigan. I guess I was making comments about the building next door. Didn't notice the roof line


Comment by carol on 23rd February 2012 at 19:50
I'm not a fan of the new buildings but at least the trend to using red brick ties in better with the older buildings, as opposed to the police station, the demolished baths and the civic building at the top of Millgate.


Comment by Dennis Forshaw on 23rd February 2012 at 21:22
Like it or not we have to move with the times. I reckon the new building is fit for the 21st Century.
Cloth cap image begone!


Comment by mags on 24th February 2012 at 10:10
Takes me back, used to work at the Library when I left Wigan Girls High School in the 50's. Sometimes down stairs, sometimes in the reference library upstairs and sometimes in the reading room round the side.


Comment by Helen on 25th February 2012 at 07:58
Mmmm....well you could say they have tried... & Ken R you could also say that Wigan Council ( or whatever they call themselves) could get ' expensive ' trades people, as they certainly seem to throw money about building momuments for themselves...just think what T Blair will be remembered for... not only a war..a dome that will too become an eyesore eventually.


Comment by J molyneux on 28th February 2012 at 00:19
So what is going to happen to to the land at the back of FRANCO'S ?


Comment by GeorgeB on 8th March 2012 at 18:53
A late comment I know but for what it's worth, in my opinion one of the "curses" of modern design is that when you have a "flat" roof style it always looks unfinished. A roof with angles and preferably a slate finish, barge boards, sometimes with a slight overhang are all design features that knock into a "cocked hat" the unfinished look that flat roofs look which by comparison seem utilitarian and completely lacking in character. They may be cheaper but boy do they look it.


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