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 Photo-a-Day      (Friday, 7th February, 2014) Views: 3,233 
Coops
 Coops   by Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
Chequer Street, Wigan.

Comment by Gerry on 7th February 2014 at 07:17
There's a door just on the right of this building with two light fittings above it you can make it out if you zoom in a bit. I came out of that door a single man. Next time I went through it I was a married man...


Comment by Scholes Malc on 7th February 2014 at 07:59
What is this building used for now?


Comment by Garry on 7th February 2014 at 08:09
I think you mean: I went through that door a single man. Next time I came out a married man.
When was the last time we saw sky like that...not for a long time.


Comment by maggie on 7th February 2014 at 09:59
my Mum was a button hole maker here - many years ago. One interesting fact, during the American War of Independence when there was no cotton coming in to be worked, a group of men met together to try & work out what could be done to bring back employment to the area. One was Mr.Coop, another Mr.Singer. They asked the government if they could help people back to work by making uniforms for the army. This was done, Singer provided the sewing machines, factories were built & the Rag Trade started.


Comment by Alan on 7th February 2014 at 10:35
There's some lovely brickwork on that building, lets hope the council leave it alone.


Comment by Rev David Long on 7th February 2014 at 13:39
I was on the Board of Grosvenor Housing when this building was saved from dereliction and possible demolition by the Association - later Arena, now YOUR Housing.
It was converted to serve a number of purposes - the ground floor here was originally offices for the Association, with flats for rent on the floors above. The central area to the left was converted into offices, mainly used by charitable companies, such as the Douglas Valley Partnership. The opposite wing of the building became Coops Foyer, where training, support, and accommodation are provided for 16-25 year olds.
It should be safe for the foreseeable future, Alan, though it's a long time since I was involved there, and the present Government's cut-backs mean that no project providing care and support is safe.


Comment by incer71 on 7th February 2014 at 15:36
am I right in thinking its for the homeless and people who are addicted to drink and drugs


Comment by Gerry on 7th February 2014 at 16:13
No I was right first time. I came out single. Got married then went back in but two weeks later


Comment by Garry on 7th February 2014 at 16:37
What are you like, Gerry!
If the council want a job, remove all them weeds from the pavement.
This photo would have been much better in wide view.


Comment by Rev David Long on 7th February 2014 at 17:24
The Foyer certainly caters for youngsters with accommodation problems, but it isn't a treatment centre for addicts.


Comment by maggie on 12th February 2014 at 10:39
Sorry, I made a mistake. it was the American Civil War when the meeting and its results happened. the was a blockade stopping cotton from being exported.


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