Workhouse Frog Lane

Started by: aussie94 (2386)

what became of this imposing , austere building. I remember as an apprentice at Walmsleys walking past the place going to and from work , feeling very intimidated by what it represented. It had closed by the 1960s but the memories endured through stories in working class families/

Started: 14th Mar 2017 at 08:36

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (4041) 

ALAS the demo gang moved in and the rest you know there is somekind of house/homes there now.

Replied: 14th Mar 2017 at 14:43

Posted by: tonker (23935) 

Boston House, Wigan Health Centre is built on part of it. Markland Court flats and houses on another.

Replied: 26th Mar 2017 at 14:02

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (4041) 

That's right Tonker passed by other day what shocked me more were the houses opposite boston house what used to be owd tip office wow they have been quick there haven't they Tonker?

Replied: 27th Jun 2017 at 16:06

Posted by: aussie94 (2386)

I often wonder what dark stories that old workhouse could have told? Should it have been kept or was it better to let it be replaced ?

Replied: 29th Jun 2017 at 12:13

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (4041) 

Aussie 94:
I think what went on is probably best left were it is cannot do any good now.

Replied: 7th Jul 2017 at 02:06

Posted by: aussie94 (2386)

GB you are probably right , the harshness of the treatment of poor people was disgraceful

Replied: 11th Jul 2017 at 11:14

Posted by: upthetims (6576)

The way Tata are treating their workers the working class will end up in poor house again

Replied: 11th Aug 2017 at 19:31

Posted by: linacrelad (2)

Don't know if this thread still going. Yeh thowd work were imposing and dark and I walked past it everyday on my way to work at Walmsleys.But I think you should know not all treatment were harsh all the time. My dad worked there in 1930s as a male ward dogsbody. His job was to look after the tramps that turned up. He had to help bathe them, re-clothe them and get rid of their old flee infested clothes. We used to get tramps turning up at home asking for mi dad and looking for help and nobody went away empty handed.

Replied: 7th Jan 2020 at 12:46

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Yes, I can recall when tramps turned up at the back door to get a meal.

Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 14:52


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