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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 19th June, 2009)

Wigan Town Hall


Wigan Town Hall
Taken on 11th June 2009. It looks to me like the back half of the Town Hall was added later. the architecture looks different - less complex - not as fancy. Has anyone got any info on this?

Photo: Dave  (Nikon D300 - Nikon 12-24mm AF-S F4)
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Comment by: alan on 19th June 2009 at 00:15

That back half was not there when I lived in Wigan in the 1950s and 60s.
I guess they needed all that extra space in which to make more bad decisions on how to deveop the town.

Comment by: Billy Baldwin on 19th June 2009 at 07:31

Quite right, the original building was completed I believe in 1903 and the extension added in the 1920s.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 19th June 2009 at 08:08

The extension was definitely there, Dave, when I went to Junior Technical School 1939-1943.

Comment by: David on 19th June 2009 at 09:53

According to the council's website, It is ' Wigan's grandest building' and was built 1901-3. The architect was Briggs & Wolstenholme who designed amongst many other things, the Port of Liverpool Building.
ps. there is also a picture of Marks & Soencers in Makinson's Arcade 1900.

Comment by: Dave on 19th June 2009 at 10:52

Thanks for the info :)

Comment by: Fred Mason on 19th June 2009 at 18:24

Good photo, good comments. I do tend to agree with Alan though. Quite cynical Alan but seemingly quite true.Well done.

Comment by: Scarlett on 21st June 2009 at 00:19

you know I have never noticed that before but the difference in the arctitecture is significant thanks OY

Comment by: Harold Lowe on 28th June 2009 at 22:05

The extention was added wih money from the miners pension/welfare fund.

Comment by: william brian latham on 18th November 2009 at 10:57

Can anyone help?
I am looking for information on Wigan Junior Technical School located in what is now the Town Hall.
When did it open?
When did it close and why?
Headmasters and teaching staff etc.

Comment by: Ken R on 28th December 2009 at 20:39

Lets not forget,the original use of this building was the Wigan Mining and Technical College, the Twn only took it over when their origal Ton Hall was a wreck.

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