What a treat to be able to go inside and look around at the past come back to life. Beautiful carvings on the staircase and door and the tiled floor with what looks like heraldic coat of arms in the pattern. Is it a private house?
Comment by A.W. on 27th May 2017 at 09:16
I remember going in there about 40 years ago to a small exhibition of documents and historical items related to the parish; I seem to recall a good Wigan Longcase clock being in the hall.
Comment by Jack on 27th May 2017 at 11:56
Pardon my ignorance, where is it?.
Comment by irene roberts on 27th May 2017 at 13:11
Jack, it's in the entrance of the building on the previous photo to this one, (May 26th p-a-d), and it tells you where it is in the comments on that photo.
Comment by MarieM on 27th May 2017 at 13:36
Jack, it's on Frog Lane opposite the bus station.
Veronica, It's where the sports firm belonging to Phil Clarke and his brother is based.
Comment by nephro on 27th May 2017 at 14:27
It's the old Wigan Rectory belonging to Wigan Parish Church. Or was.
Comment by Garry on 27th May 2017 at 14:28
Jack, look at yesterday's P-a-D.
Comment by Veronica on 27th May 2017 at 14:38
Thankyou Marie. I used to live a few doors away from a Phil Clarke in Hardybutts Scholes.... I wonder if it is the same person. This would be 1968 to 1970 he would be late 50's very early 60's I would think.
Comment by jack on 27th May 2017 at 15:42
Thanks Irene and Marie.I walked passed there to and from work for 6 years in the 60s.I always knew it as The Rectory.Perhaps I need to get out more. Thanks again.
Comment by jack on 27th May 2017 at 15:45
Thanks also to Garry.
Comment by Brian B on 27th May 2017 at 16:45
We used to have lessons on the lawn in front of this building from the Blue Coat Infants School,together with confirmation lessons in this building.Some time in the late forties. Remember Mr Cowan's office built into the gatehouse.
Comment by Rev David Long on 27th May 2017 at 16:53
Rector Malcolm Forrest delighted in that his Rectory's postal address was The Hall, Wigan, Lancs.. He wasn't happy when compelled to add a postcode to it - even if it was the far-from-ordinary WN1 1HN.
Comment by MaarieM on 27th May 2017 at 17:02
Jack, it was the Rectory for the Parish Church
Comment by Maggie K on 27th May 2017 at 17:11
Fabulous floor - will there be more photos?
Comment by Alb on 27th May 2017 at 20:10
The floor looks rather freemasonic to me. I wonder what goes on behind closed doors here that the public arent privy to.
Comment by Rev David Long on 28th May 2017 at 07:47
The Hall was built in 1875 by the then Rector, Orlando Bridgeman. The shield visible shows his family's Coat of Arms.
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