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Wigan Central Demolition
Photo: winder
Views: 5,074
Item #: 10302
This photo was taken from the same viewpoint as Dennis Millers photograph, item 10250
The caption gives a date of 1973

Comment by: Dennis Miller on 2nd April 2009 at 15:57

Sad, these days they would probably preserve such buildings... I hope!

Comment by: Mick on 2nd April 2009 at 16:26

Sadly not in Wigan, Dennis. They would probably still rip it down, and probably replace it with row of shops nobody would want to rent, or bars and amusement arcades.

Comment by: Dennis Miller on 2nd April 2009 at 17:01

Much as I would like to disagree with you Mick.... you probably have it right. Lets take a look at what we do let stand... or rather allow to fall to pieces, the Old Town Hall.

Why Wigan Central Station was not listed I will never understand.

Comment by: winder on 2nd April 2009 at 18:23

When they building the Grand Arcade there was talk of naming the old Station Rd, Great Central Way, which would have been a nice reminder of Wigans industrial past.
The Casino with it's Northern Soul link gets a mention in the arcade, but there's nothing said about old station.
Not trendy enough I suppose

Comment by: Catherine on 2nd April 2009 at 21:08

I still can't believe that they didn't even try to have some sort of permenant display of the Roman ruins that were found under the new arcade.

Comment by: Dennis Miller on 3rd April 2009 at 06:12

Am I right with my memory in thinking it was store at one time? I have a memory of it selling bathroom fittings at one time after it ceased to be a station.

Comment by: Kevin Higgins on 3rd April 2009 at 12:12

Yes Dennis, George Makinson had the part under the "tower" as a showroom for bathroom suites. Makinsons main building was across the road adjacent to the Empress Hall (Wigan Casino for the younger viewers)

Comment by: Graham Hart on 30th May 2011 at 11:07

i remember this station very well.i was an apprentice mechanic at S&S Motors which was down the hill at the back of the ritz cinema,i remember also makinson's having a bathroom showroom there,in the late fifties i remember going on the train to Lower Ince station for a penny,most of old wigan is gone now and not for the better,the planners have ruined it,look at wallgate its a disgrace but they still keep spending money on stupid road works and junctions,who are these faceless burocrats who are running wigan planning?????????

Comment by: gurkmcgrail on 29th December 2014 at 12:25

one of the platform clocks sat on the back wall of pemps night club till it self was nockt down last yr

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