Market Place, Wigan9 Comments
Photo: Ron Hunt
Item #: 1348
I would loved to have gone in there for a pint.
Any idea where this was situated Ron?
from the directory:
Barnes Richd. sen. (scale beams)
1869 directory places W Barnes at 22 Standishgate
This has got my interest, Prescot Corless was the landlord in 1825, the directory for 1869 has no record of this Pub, so it seems to me that that the picture was taken before 1869. Also judging from the dress and hat of the man in front which seems to be of the Abe Lincoln style, this must be an early photograph,
If it was pre 1869 this must be one of the oldest photographs in the world. I wonder how long the exposure was ?
Look at the ghostlike quality of the young woman.
how fantastic, i love this pic and it says market place on it but where abouts ?
Not the oldest photo in the world, photography got under way in the 1830's but portraiture studios were fairly "widespread" in the 1850's. Nevertheless a fascinating photo and it would be of great interest to know the year. J Cooper certainly seems to have been an early photographer, lucky for us he seems to have used Wigan as a base. I would guess he was operating in the 1850's and 1860's.