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Bluecoat School, Wigan


The old Bluecoat school
Photo: Fred Foster
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Item #: 4819
The old Bluecoat school renovated, mid 1980s.

Comment by: ackky on 2nd February 2008 at 19:43

Don't know about it being the Bluecoat school as you say, during the 1950's it was a police garage for their police cars, and I'm pretty certain it was used, by what was called the County Police, rather than Wigan Police force in those days.The Bluecoat School was at the other end of Hallgate situated where the present Bus station office is now on the corner of Frog Lane and Hallgate.

Comment by: RON on 3rd February 2008 at 01:03

This building(The oldest building in Wigan) was the original Bluecoat School. It moved to the corner of Hallgate/Frog Lane later. When the number of pupils increased.

Comment by: Jeff Edwards on 5th February 2008 at 00:54

Hi Fred, i have to agree with ackky - bluecoat school was at the other end of Hallgate at the top of Richmond Street - i am a former Pupil.

Comment by: cliff higham on 15th February 2008 at 23:08

How old is the building Ron ?

Comment by: Ian Spencer on 26th June 2008 at 18:55

Yes this did used to be Bluecoat my Grandad went there when we used to walk passed he would always tell the tale of when he was a lad !

Comment by: annieley on 20th September 2008 at 16:08

It was the original Bluecoat school before the other two were built.

Comment by: David Parkinson on 19th December 2008 at 11:24

Yes this was definitly The Old Bluecoat School before the other two were built. I was a pupil at the newer school from 1972-1978, and I remember being told the history of the school and the Parish Church. I also used to live just across the road at the address which is now the T&G.

Comment by: Art on 6th June 2009 at 10:18

This may clear things up about the Bluecoat School:
The Bluecoat School stands at the foot of Wigan Parish Church. It was the first school in Wigan built in 1773.

It has had a chequered history, being a Police Garage during the war also a home for Social Services furniture. It was given back to church in the early 80's and is used for coffee and meetings after services

Comment by: Bernard Mullaney on 19th September 2012 at 13:18

------------- YES ----------- This was the origional National Bluecoat School it was for the wealthy children who lived in Wigan ( Doctors,and rich business peoples children)and hence they did wear a Blue Coat LOL

Comment by: Kath Boylan on 1st September 2015 at 11:46

My grandfather attended the National Blue Coat School in Wigan from 1905 - 1914 approx. The headmaster was Mr Langshaw. Would this have been in this building or in the one at Lower Hallgate?

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