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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 21st November, 2009)

Lever Street


Lever Street
Entrance to bus station named Lever Street. The nondescript building replaced a very ornate building belonging to William Lever, later the first Viscount Leverhulme, hence Lever Street.

Photo: Brian  (Fuji Finepix S7000)
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Comment by: Helen on 21st November 2009 at 08:19

Best knock the one thats for sale down & start again...a case of do better next time.

Comment by: dave marsh on 21st November 2009 at 09:49

This replacing of good old architecture with modern eyesores happens in Jersey as well as Wigan,Brian.On a brief visit to Wigan last week I noticed that most of the old buildings were empty on 1st and 2nd floors.I did have a word with the builders on the site of the old Millgate prison in the hope they might spot the remains.

Comment by: David on 21st November 2009 at 10:37

Old Millgate prison?

Comment by: dave marsh on 21st November 2009 at 10:56

Hi David,you probably haven't seen my previous reports.The old prison was underneath the pet shop that was demolished to make way for the childrens centre recently demolished for the new heritage centre.

Comment by: Alex Bolton on 21st November 2009 at 11:24

Thanks for the interesting history Brian...I always thought there was a prison David around the top of Library Street, or it could have been an old Police station...They did find some old cells I think during some building work 60/70s

Comment by: dave marsh on 21st November 2009 at 16:04

Thanks Alex,I know I wasn't dreaming when I saw the cells 47 years ago.
The point I was making about Brians photo is that the old buildings seem little.

Comment by: Denise Fedigan on 21st November 2009 at 16:16

I remember the speech days for the convent in the Queens hall.it was back in the 70's.

Comment by: Peter Mason on 21st November 2009 at 18:01

Lovely to see the Queens Hall in all it's glory - It's a grade 2 listed and, as such, one of the buildings they CAN'T knock down.
And they still sell the best cup of coffee in Wigan

Comment by: Roy on 22nd November 2009 at 14:31

Sang with the Wigan Schools Choir in the Queens Hall, 1950/51. Brilliant acoustics if I remember rightly. Dave,did we,TLS have our speech days there? It's something that I can't quite recall!!

Comment by: Mossy on 22nd November 2009 at 21:08

Hi Roy, yes TLS had our speech day there, I was at TLS from 1957 - 1962.

Comment by: Roy on 23rd November 2009 at 10:34

What an unsightly mess that building is! How on earth should that have been allowed to be 'added on' to a beautiful place as the Queens Hall.

Comment by: Roy on 24th November 2009 at 13:58

Thanks Mossy,usually I have a decent memory,I can recall being there for presentations not 100% what they were.TLS 1953/58.

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