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 Photo-a-Day      (Tuesday, 28th February, 2012) Views: 2,900 
St Catharine's
 St Catharine's   by Rev David Long  (Konica Minolta 7D)
At last a sunny day for a photo of St Catharine's spire, now fully clad in scaffolding.

Comment by Mick on 28th February 2012 at 08:05
Theres an art to putting up scaffolding when you think about.


Comment by Ron D on 28th February 2012 at 08:53
I was talking to a bloke who attends this church .He told me that the majority wanted the building pulled down and a small comfortable chapel put in its place ,but where told it was to be restored . first at the churches expense.


Comment by Mick on 28th February 2012 at 10:26
Thats right Ron D it would make sense to pull it down and build a small chapel because its been a eyesore of Wigan and spoils the view as you drive in from Ince and Hindley.

And all the stone could have been put to good use to build a nice new family home in Wrightington.


Comment by Janice on 28th February 2012 at 10:43
People are too ready to pull things down these days and replace them with featureless modern steel and glass. I understand that the church was built in 1818 and with it's (now being straightened) steeple, is a Wigan landmark that can be seen for miles around. It should remain as part of the Wigan skyline. When was this sunny day Reverend - must have missed it!


Comment by tony on 28th February 2012 at 13:19
nice one janice


Comment by David Barker on 28th February 2012 at 13:25
Went past the church when I started work in Ince in 1974 it was leaning then.It would be interesting to know the weight of scaffolding on them foundations at this point of the restoration and what calculations are done in respect of the spire toppling over.Good clear photo Rev Long.


Comment by Ken R on 28th February 2012 at 18:22
The lamp post looks nice and plumb in this photo...


Comment by Dot on 29th February 2012 at 08:47
Parked there yesterday, with my sister who was also married there. She also noticed the different spelling of Catharine and Catherine.
We both went to the old St Catharines school. The newer one is right underneath the spire and a bit dangerous. But so glad they are repairing rather than taring down.


Comment by Keith on 6th March 2012 at 12:09
Only just stumbled across this photo. I'm in the "let's keep it" brigade. We have many modern buildings and that's natural and right but for heaven's sake (forgive the pun) let us, if and where we can, try to preserve things of the past that are worth preservation. My parents and grandparents and other family members all married here so I do have a vested interest.


Comment by roman on 9th March 2012 at 23:44
fred dibnah didnt need all that scaffolding


Comment by roman on 10th March 2012 at 00:13
fred dibnah didnt need scaffolding like that


Comment by Rev David Long on 10th March 2012 at 08:49
As they want to rebuild the spire after dismantling it piece-by-piece, Fred's method of taking down a building wouldn't work here.


Comment by ex st catherines on 9th April 2012 at 18:56
cant believe people who belong to st catherines wanted to knock it down and build a small chapel its part of our heritage obviously no love for their historical building you should be ashamed of yourselves


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