Looks so much better with the corner opened up and that big old fashioned pit wheel moved out of the way.
Comment by Den s on 18th December 2015 at 09:39
A square box with square Windows and a fancy bit hanging of the roof, wow! I bet the Architect really had to concentrate to design that.
Comment by alan lad on 18th December 2015 at 13:16
Mick I beg to differ, the wheel gave the place a bit of a reminder of our town history. put the wheel back I say.
Comment by PeterP on 18th December 2015 at 13:51
Mick that old fashioned wheel/pulley is part of our heritage not like the nasty concrete building behind it
Comment by Veronica on 18th December 2015 at 15:30
I wonder if the modern building will stand as long as the sturdy red brick building.....I think not.
Comment by Mick on 18th December 2015 at 16:14
If they wanted to keep the old pit wheel they could make it into a place for chaining up the students bikes.
Comment by Ken R on 18th December 2015 at 16:24
The pit "wheel" is a head pulley not a wheel. A big difference.
Comment by jj on 18th December 2015 at 16:27
Well said Den, Alan, Peter and Veronica. And yesterday's image showed us the great old Gas Showrooms building with that monstrous carbuncle added to the end of it. Isn't modern architecture great.
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 18th December 2015 at 16:48
Danny; if you had turned the camera slightly left, the Bickershaw colliery headgear pulley, which is outside The Wheel Restaurant, would have been on the photo.
Comment by Kas on 18th December 2015 at 17:22
The open debate. A modern Wigan or a Wigan we once knew.
Comment by Cyril on 18th December 2015 at 19:07
Too true Den S, it's even worse than the oversized greenhouse that was built on the end of Rushton's, and they demolished very nice period buildings to put that up too, see Rachel's photo of yesterday and compare the photos of the same buildings in the Album - Streets - Newmarket Street.
If it was a rusty old bike wheel that was on show Mick would have been happy for it to have remained in situ.
Comment by Sam .h on 18th December 2015 at 19:16
Must agree with what prince charles once said about the modern buildings of today they lack character soul, and any beauty unlike Victorian structures of ,but then in wigan we knock them down and replace them with ugly monstrositys .
Comment by Neil Cain on 18th December 2015 at 20:46
Well said Alan and Peter
Comment by Mary on 19th December 2015 at 00:18
Alan , Put the wheel back? The Wigan we once knew is going fast, no matter how hard we all try and dig our heels in.. it's called progress and economics. Give me the old Wigan any day, but such is reality!!
Comment by Mick on 19th December 2015 at 16:26
Mary would you want some Rickets throwing in as well
Comment by David on 24th December 2015 at 21:32
Mick, do you practice at being so stupid?
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