The Post Office in Wigan Town Centre has closed. It's moved to share space with WH Smiths.
Comment by sue on 29th January 2020 at 06:09
Excellent photo. Says so much, could have a place in the history books of the future - if that makes sense !
Comment by Margaret on 29th January 2020 at 07:36
Another bit of our heritage gone for ever
Comment by Mick on 29th January 2020 at 08:19
They should take the two mucky phone boxes with them.
Comment by kath on 29th January 2020 at 08:36
end of an era.
Comment by irene roberts on 29th January 2020 at 08:41
I miss the Post Office but it's loss is W H Smith's gain as that rather dark shop seems brighter and busier since it housed the Post Office. I miss the days when Post Offices and banks were hushed places with wood and brass fittings, with Postal Orders and other forms in little pigeon-holes, huge ledgers and Post Office Savings Books. It's all computers and paying by card now and everything looks plastic.
Comment by Veronica on 29th January 2020 at 09:07
I don't think the phone boxes will stay there, they'll probably be sold off. I don't know about. the post box or what will happen to the building. It's vey sad, I suppose the way things are it's been building up to this, when you think of all the Post Offices that have closed over the years. We always called it 'The General' .
Comment by Wiganer on 29th January 2020 at 09:50
Let's hope it's not to become yet another bar etc. Date stone says 1884 surely this building has a preservation order on it?
Comment by Anne on 29th January 2020 at 10:27
What do people use post offices for these days? Most services post offices were used for can easily be sourced else where.
A superb looking building, let's hope it doesn't become a bar as Wiganer mentions.
Comment by Barrie. on 29th January 2020 at 10:46
Another era closes. Not many towns & cities in the UK have maim post offices these days. Liverpool, Birkenhead to name 2 are now in Smiths. Sub-post offices have been relocated in convenience stores or have been closed.
Comment by carl on 29th January 2020 at 12:01
this is the end of wigan very sad
Comment by Pw on 29th January 2020 at 13:07
The PO near me does a good trade in parcels and packages.Ebay I presume
Comment by Pat McC on 29th January 2020 at 14:22
A handsome building - a lot of skilled workmanship went into the detail over doorways and windows when these buildings were built. The telephone boxes should be cleaned up and preserved, they too are an important part of the past, when not many people has telephones. There's an air of sadness about the building.
In the late 1960s I worked for Ackerley Heaton & Pigot - next door to the Post Office. Wallgate always seemed to be bustling with people using the Post Office and queuing for the phone kiosks then.
Comment by DerekB on 29th January 2020 at 15:23
Most people of a certain age, myself included , have moaned about the moving of post offices from sites where they have been as long as they can remember. Then I asked myself - when was the last time I needed to use a post office? The answer - I can't remember.
Comment by XPat on 29th January 2020 at 15:41
Soon Wigan will be like a town at the end of the gold rush . Balls of Tumbleweed, caught by a hot dusty wind , will blow by an empty creaking , long abandoned rocking chair where the sheriffs office used to be . In the distance , Billy Boston , the sheriff and last survivor, rides off into the sunset ....
Comment by Veronica on 29th January 2020 at 21:31
They do a roaring trade with digital passports! I have just renewed my passport - it took all of 5 minutes. Instead of going to the trouble of filling the headache of a form in yourself and getting it countersigned, the photo is taken at the same time job done, new one delivered in 4 days! Must be a record...
Comment by Emc on 29th January 2020 at 23:10
XPat is spot on, No main post office No shops No decent market,and now they have taken the 715 Bolton to Wigan bus off.So in a while there will be no buses.Whats the point in coming to Wigan anyway.There is nothing left.
Comment by Audrey on 5th February 2020 at 21:44
As George Harrison wisely quoted: "All things must pass"
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