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 Photo-a-Day      (Wednesday, 26th September, 2012) Views: 4,841 
Library Street
 Library Street   by Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D700 with Nikon 24-70mm F2.8)
Library Street and the Town Hall. 5th Sept 2012

Comment by Lizzie down under on 26th September 2012 at 01:04
Nice picture Dave. Quite a busy one, not really with people but the buildings and colours. What a neat row of parked cars!!! I have probably walked down there heaps of times with my Mum but it doesn't look very familiar. Still a nice pic and taken from somewhere high!!!! Cheers


Comment by Art on 26th September 2012 at 01:05
Library St, designed by architects...Now continued by box builders (thankfully not shown)..;o)

Brilliant pic Dave


Comment by Peter "TT" on 26th September 2012 at 01:24
That new tripod works a treat for unseen view points of the town centre. Can't wait to see the night time shots.


Comment by Derek Platt on 26th September 2012 at 01:47
What a wonderful photo Dave. This is the Wigan I and many others love.You can't beat the old red brick buildings, they have character. The same can be said of the sandstone building (moon over ------ Water)at top right. Thankfully you didn't include the Life Centre Building.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 26th September 2012 at 04:01
Dave, this photo is one you mentioned in your comment at 12:23 on 16th Sept.P-a-D.
For the benefit of Jean in Machynlleth, Wales, the bobby on point duty in the Market Place would have been at the top of this street.
In the forties I walked from Queensway to Wigan Tech., now the Town Hall, but one day I went on my bike. Cycled up Library St.at lunch time and the bobby motioned me to come to him. He said "Do you know that you`ve just come up a one-way street the wrong way?" I pleaded ignorance and he let me go!
Compare the present `dome` on top of building next up from Town Hall(now Wigan Life Centre) to as it was in the forties on photo #4188 in Album, Places, Library St., 2nd row, third from left.


Comment by Mick on 26th September 2012 at 06:26
Thats a lovely new Cupola that theyve built somebody should open a cafe in it.


Comment by peterp on 26th September 2012 at 07:24
Nice shot,lets people who have not lived in Wigan for years remember what parts of the town still looks like


Comment by Harry C. on 26th September 2012 at 08:45
Another nice pic of older Wigan Dave. You must have a head for hights using a cherry picker. Don't forget that didn't used to be the Town Hall.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 26th September 2012 at 08:47
Derek Platt, the Wigan Life Centre is on this photo - the one with the `dome` or as Mick puts it `cupola !!
What you can`t see is the Healthy Living Zone at Wigan Life Centre, which is where the baths were and the Pavillion Cinema before them.


Comment by Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 26th September 2012 at 08:54
The Town Hall looks very grand,the architecture is so impressive when viewed from this angle. Thank you ,Dave.


Comment by irene roberts on 26th September 2012 at 09:01
The Wigan we grew up in and love. How much smarter this looks than that awful Life Centre! Thankfully the photographer Dave,(Oy), has an eye for beauty and character. He should be on the Council!


Comment by dot on 26th September 2012 at 09:15
What everyone is referring to as the now town hall. Was once the technical college. Then they turned part of it to the catering college.
Which is now a cafe, and a very nice one too. Great shot and well done for keeping the old buildings that are steeped with history.


Comment by aitch on 26th September 2012 at 09:17
Very good photo, where the cupola is was the old Timberlakes showrooms, later to becomr Fishers Carpets and the town hall now, was the mining technical college then and who can forget the place out of shot in the extreme bottom right, the old Pavilion cinema, memories are made of this.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 26th September 2012 at 10:26
Hello Dot, they put far too much pepper in the home made minestrone soup in the Town Hall cafe the other day !!
It would appear that no one has read my comments above. To see how things looked in the past look in Album,Places.


Comment by david on 26th September 2012 at 10:59
And the style - eclectic historicism?


Comment by Roy Hesketh on 26th September 2012 at 11:20
I went to the 'new' college in the 1950/60's and sat my engineering examinations in the old college.
It was well known in those days that the then General Manager of the Ford Motor company in America attended Wigan Technical and Mining College.
Yes he was a Brit.


Comment by Cyril on 26th September 2012 at 11:27
Yes, superb photo.

There's a lot of controversy about at the moment as the council announced at this time of massive staff and service cuts; that they are to spend £6 million pounds on renovating the Town Hall, I wonder if they will replace the slated roof with a polycarbonate roof like they have done with the roof of the Municipal Buildings


Comment by britboy on 26th September 2012 at 13:37
Walked down library st many a time in my youth going the old Wigan Tech.
The old town still looks great, to bad it's just a small area of it.
The photo is excellent Dave.


Comment by David Barker on 26th September 2012 at 14:05
Excellent photo very clear Dave, like how your eyes seem to be drawn up the street.


Comment by henry7 on 26th September 2012 at 16:37
Absolutely fantastic. The Town Hall/Old Technical College looks great.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 26th September 2012 at 17:30
Mick, I`ve been in Library St. today and the cupola close up is horrible - nothing like as seen in this photo. There are narrow spaces between laths.
Can see grass etc.growing in parts on top of the Town Hall.


Comment by Dave Marsh on 26th September 2012 at 17:45
Nice one Dave,did you borrow Harry's pigeon.


Comment by Dave (Oy) on 26th September 2012 at 18:54
Thanks folks - glad you like the shot.


Comment by Ken R on 26th September 2012 at 18:58
Have been to the "Tech" for a few years, the name was Wigan Mining and Technical College, mining students from around the world came to this building, it was renowned for its mining engineering.


Comment by marieM on 26th September 2012 at 19:27
Ernest, Are you sure that the Wigan Life Centre is on here. I thought it was up the nearest street on the right.

Great photo Dave.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 26th September 2012 at 20:27
aitch, Roy Hesketh, Ken R, the full name of what we called the Wigan Tech.was - Wigan & District Mining & Technical College. I have a copy of the Calendar for 1945-1946. I was educated in Wigan Tech. from 1939 to 1952.
Marie M, yes it is.Copy and paste:-
http://www.wigan.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/4591001D-DC02-4594-BF79-B5148327C3BF/0/AUG4611WiganLifeC73DA2.pdf
This map will help you.
The first street up after the Town Hall is Hewlett St.and a library entrance is in it. The library is in Wigan Life Centre.


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 26th September 2012 at 21:00
Thankyou Ernest.!!!!
(I had to study it first but I knew where I was .....before I read your message.....HONEST!


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 26th September 2012 at 21:06
Aitch....did you really queue up on a saturday morning to go into the pavilion...there was a name for this occasion but i`ve forgotten what it was!!!!Saturday rush ??


Comment by marieM on 26th September 2012 at 21:54
Ernest, No. There is a wide thoroughfare in front of the Life Centre and it can only be the nearest street on the right.


Comment by Skeets on 26th September 2012 at 22:29
Brings back a lot of memories for me.
Great shot. Streetscape looks very interesting - a lot going on.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 26th September 2012 at 22:30
marieM, if you can`t copy and paste put `wigan life centre` on Google and find out where it is.
Are you referring to the Piazza, the large space at the top of the Wiend? Or are you referring to College Avenue below the Town Hall which is in front of the Healthy Living Zone at Wigan Life Centre?


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 26th September 2012 at 22:40
Jean, I believe you. Has it stopped raining in Mach..yet? It has here.
A dry day is forecast for tomorrow in Wigan.


Comment by Mick on 26th September 2012 at 22:41
Just looked at this photo proper and never realized Library street was so long.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 26th September 2012 at 23:00
aitch, Jean, was the upstairs seats in the Pavillion Cinema called the `monkey rack` or was it in another cinema? I remember the theatre organ was upstairs. The organist at the Court Cinema only had one leg !!


Comment by Al.C. on 27th September 2012 at 10:20
One of the best pictures of Library Street that I have ever seen, well done Dave.


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 27th September 2012 at 21:18
I never went to the pavilion ernest ...it had a bad,bad name ...dont know why , mum never told me !Mach seems to have escaped the awful weather that the country is having,Just a couple of heavy downpours on tuesday..Lovely today.


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 27th September 2012 at 21:22
Dave.....your pictures are great ...keap `em coming!


Comment by Jamse on 14th November 2012 at 14:25
Really like this one.


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