Photos of Wigan
Photos of Wigan

Wigan Album



Ashton Congregational Church
Photo: David Thompson
Views: 3,101
Item #: 18380
This photo was given to me by Neina Woodward who took the pic just before the building was demolished in 1972

Comment by: F Walford on 7th September 2011 at 11:23

Walked up them steps every Sunday morning in the mid forties [happy days!!!!!!]

Comment by: janet on 7th September 2011 at 13:00

Good photo, a shame it had to be demolished.... In front of the church was where just about everybody waited for their G friend/ B friend...Before cars and phones, at the end of your night out, you had to arrange a time and place for your next date and it was always in front of the Congregational Church...

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th September 2011 at 20:12

Where exactly was it? I worked in Ashton in 1969 to 1970.

Comment by: janet on 7th September 2011 at 21:05

Irene it was at the bottom of Gerard st...if you were facing UP Gerard st, the church was the first building on the right hand side....

Comment by: Karen on 7th September 2011 at 22:19

It used to stand next to Barclays bank Irene.

Comment by: irene roberts on 8th September 2011 at 08:00

Thankyou both, but I just can't recall it, although I worked in Gerrard Street.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 8th September 2011 at 09:57

The old Church was demolished to make way for a Kwiksave store in the early 80s, and today it's a Weatherspoons pub.

Comment by: George Chilvers on 8th September 2011 at 10:47

Do you mean where the Thomas Gerard is now??

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 8th September 2011 at 12:45

Exactly George.

Comment by: irene roberts on 8th September 2011 at 12:47

I'm amazed I can't remember it. I worked in Richardson's Chemists at the other end of Gerrard Street in 1969/70 and I remember a record-shop down near where this church obviously stood.....just a small shop....and yet the church has completely vanished in the mists of time for me!

Comment by: F Walford on 9th September 2011 at 08:28

There was a large room underneath the church used as a sunday school.It had a beautiful parquet wood floor.

Comment by: Karen on 9th September 2011 at 09:38

The record shop was Unsworths Irene, right next door to the church.

Comment by: Phil Taylor on 9th September 2011 at 11:39

I passed this church when I got of the No.1 bus to go to the central school.The church always gave me the creeps.I imagined Dracula and bats flying out of the windows of the church.I think I must have watched too many horror films.

Comment by: irene roberts on 9th September 2011 at 13:39

Thanks Karen....why do I remember that little record-shop and not that big church? The mind plays tricks as you get older. Phil, I can see what you mean.....I can almost hear creepy organ music and see mist swirling round that door!

Comment by: janet farrimond on 17th September 2011 at 11:57

i was christened at this church in 1953 lived straight across the rd from it

Comment by: Astrid Cunningham on 21st September 2011 at 15:16

I used to have ballet lessons with the Joan Woods School of Dancing in the room underneath the church in the late 1960's, which makes me feel very old indeed!

Comment by: aannao on 1st October 2011 at 14:19

Phil: Yes I remember that feeling, something very gothic about it.

Comment by: sandra on 4th January 2012 at 19:33

My mum and dad married here and I was Christened at The Congregational Church in Ashton,along with all my siblings.

Comment by: ian gregson on 31st March 2012 at 06:21

this was an empty lot for a long time after being demolished - yes it was a scary looking place

Comment by: sandra on 31st August 2012 at 23:18

Does anybody out there know where the records of baptisms(Cradle Rolls)will have been moved to? Surely they have been saved from the wrecking ball!

Comment by: Kenee on 7th January 2013 at 11:59


I imagine any records will have gone to the new church on Hilton Street.

Comment by: allan wood on 14th January 2013 at 14:52

I was married in this church in July 1970. Still going after 42 years.

Comment by: Sandra on 20th November 2013 at 15:07

I can't understand why you think it's a creepy church! I went to Sunday School here.It is a lovely old building. My mum would take us children along to help and attend many jumble sales.It was an imposing building.

Leave a comment?

* Enter the 5 digit code to the right of the input box. Don't worry if you make a mistake, you will get another chance. Your comments won't be lost.