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58, Douglas house, view from... 1964/65
58, Douglas house, view from... 1964/65
Photo: anita maijer-schrot
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Item #: 15024
This is the view from 58, Douglas House...where I spent many a happy holiday at my penfriend Kathleen Speakman's home...

Comment by: dave harlow on 12th June 2010 at 23:26

what a cracking photo thanks for sharing it. quite a few pubs round nr baths.

Comment by: Brian on 12th June 2010 at 23:30

Great photo. The baths was officially opened in April 1964. It looks like its still being built here, so I would say 1963/4.

Comment by: Danni on 13th June 2010 at 00:02

Anita that is a brilliant picture, thank you I live in that area now and its great to see pics from the past x

Comment by: anita maijer-schrot on 13th June 2010 at 10:30

I paid a short visit to Wigan two years ago in 08, I was in Liverpool as European Capital of Culture..desperately looking for Douglas House and other familiar sights..but Wigan has changed sooooo much...I couldn't find Douglas House, I even asked people in the street.....Wigan Pier was still there and Mesnes Park and the Odeon, if I remember rightly...

Comment by: Cloin Harlow on 13th June 2010 at 10:58

Great photo of the mid 60s, the pub on the right was the Horse shoe, the one in the centre was the Bath Hotel, not sure about the one next to the baths, could be, Mitre or Plume of Feathers? those names ring a bell around that area. the cars a Triumph Herald and a Thames truck. Not so sure about the dates... the baths opened it's doors to the public in 1968 and closed on sunday 21 Sep 2008. At a guess the date of the photo would be around 1965-6. Remember, buildings took longer to build in those days.

Comment by: anita maijer-schrot on 13th June 2010 at 11:15

..as the Speakmans used to live in another part of Wigan in 1963 when I visited for the first time, this got to be 1964 I took the photo...
thank you very much for all your lovely comments and further information...so nice to share these memories...will definitely be back in Wigan this summer, trying to meet old friends...

Comment by: RODGER on 13th June 2010 at 14:44

Yes I agree with colin (I think hes spelt his name wrong) the baths opened in 1968.

Comment by: anita maijer-schrot on 13th June 2010 at 15:03

..I remember now clearly..the rear door of the van opened and out jumped a few men, workers probably..every afternoon the same procedure...that's what intrigued me to take the photo...by the way it says "Rigby" on the van...

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 13th June 2010 at 16:54

Anita lovely photos, I think its the passenger door the men left the truck, you can just about see the doors still open.

Yes Roger, I did spell my name wrong....so did you!

Comment by: Roger on 13th June 2010 at 18:53

So I did Colin. Thanks.

Comment by: Tom on 13th June 2010 at 19:04

When people take photos of a pacific building, cars or things in general, its only after years do surrounding objects become even more interesting. thanks Anita.

Comment by: anita maijer-schrot on 13th June 2010 at 20:59

you are so right, Tom...all these details I am recognizing and appreciating only now after so many years..I always thought that this was a rather dull photo taken through the window panes..not much to see really..how wrong I was...

Comment by: Fletcher on 17th May 2011 at 20:48

I thought the baths opened in 1965/66 not 68!

Comment by: Vb on 23rd January 2017 at 20:33

The baths opened in 1966 as we went in a group from work. I remember it well as I went to Spain in 1966 as well when the World Cup was on a few weeks later!

Comment by: Mr X on 2nd May 2017 at 10:27

Douglas House was the first of the high rise flats to be built in Wigan at eleven stories high, unlike the different styled Crompton, Mannion, Derby, Woodcock and Brook Houses with 13 floors, and also Boyswell House further up Scholes. The trio of Worsley Mesnes flats, Dryden, Thackeray and Masefield Houses were 16 floors, and were demolished in 1991, that contrasts with ths Scholes flats that are once again being refurbished. In this mid 1960s view, the new Wigan international pool is under construction, (there were also two smaller pools) on the Millgate side. And I don't know the name of the pub at the bottom where the multistorey car park was built. The other pub was the Horseshoe demolished in 1985 to make way for the new ring road.

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