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 Photo-a-Day      (Wednesday, 28th August, 2013) Views: 2,801 
Saint Georges, Wigan
 Saint Georges, Wigan   by Ron Dawber  (Canon PowerShot G9)
I was told when I went to St Georges school that after Wigan parish church, it was the oldest church in the borough.

Comment by Derek Platt on 28th August 2013 at 01:54
Nice pic, not a good idea to express how old it is cos the council may decide to raze it to the ground.


Comment by Lizzie down under on 28th August 2013 at 01:56
Looks well for it's age....nice pic Ron.....cheers!!!!


Comment by alan on 28th August 2013 at 03:27
looks fairly new to me.


Comment by kath Pressey on 28th August 2013 at 06:53
built in the days when big churches like this would be full on a Sunday


Comment by Mick on 28th August 2013 at 07:05
I dont know about it being the oldest but I think it it could be the coldest because I went to a wedding there wants and it was freezing.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 28th August 2013 at 07:57
Ron; Did you get permission to leave Haigh Country Park, lol. Wigan is certainly in bloom in the foreground.
Interesting to look at the following:-

Album, Places, Church Street, Wigan.

Wigan Streets, Church Street, Wigan (WN1)

Thomas Walsh`s 6th May 2912 P-a-D.


Comment by Helen on 28th August 2013 at 08:34
I see that the original church was built in 1781 (Georgian). Gutted by fire in 1980, restored in 1988. It has been given a Grade 11 listed building status by English Heritage.

Its a fine building & good photo.


Comment by Fred Mason on 28th August 2013 at 09:03
Good photo, Ron.

The architecture is very similar to the 'The Alamo' in the USA.


Comment by Catherine on 28th August 2013 at 09:14
Brings back memories this we used to go to this church on St.George's day from All Saints school.


Comment by Kenee on 28th August 2013 at 09:28
1988 is not that old!
In keeping with the building Wigan council have erected an 18th century car park barrier.


Comment by Harry c. on 28th August 2013 at 09:29
The bell never sounded right, I was told it had a crack in it.


Comment by Henry on 28th August 2013 at 10:13
http://greatacre.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/st-georges-church-wigan/


Comment by Fred Cunliffe on 28th August 2013 at 11:18
I got married there in 1981!


Comment by Catherine on 28th August 2013 at 11:55
My parents got married there in 1960.


Comment by david on 28th August 2013 at 12:06
Nice picture - wasn't there a slaughter house to the right of the church some years ago?


Comment by Helen on 28th August 2013 at 13:07
Kenee...think you need to read that again...restored in 1988...that doesn't mean rebuilt from sctatch in 1988.


Comment by Janet ( FL ) on 28th August 2013 at 13:18
Fred, at first glance I thought the same thing...


Comment by Ellen on 28th August 2013 at 15:08
Fred Mason, at first glance,there is a faint glimmer of similarity, but I wouldn't go so far as to say "very similar!


Comment by Fred Cunliffe on 28th August 2013 at 16:15
Sorry,my mistake,I should have said 1971,I came to South Africa in 1981.(She'll never forgive that one!)


Comment by Brian Brown on 28th August 2013 at 16:56
The wifes great grandparents were married here in 1859.


Comment by John H on 28th August 2013 at 18:01
Brings back memories, I have done quite a few weddings there in my day, thanks for the memories Ron, Nice shot. Well done Ron


Comment by Roy on 28th August 2013 at 19:03
My parents were married there in 1938. I have a photo of the inside before the fire.


Comment by Ron D on 28th August 2013 at 21:31
First went to this place in 1929,,was in the choir, got married there about 1954,lots of family ties there,more memories .Didn't think about it until now ,must be getting old.


Comment by Harry C. on 29th August 2013 at 13:06
Ron I too was in St. Georges choir 1950's early 1960's, also the Boys Brigade, I played the Last Post from the upstairs gallery on Rememberance Sunday from the late 1950's early 1960's.


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