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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 19th January, 2012)

The Weind


The Weind
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Photo: Andrew Fishburn  (Canon EOS 5D)
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Comment by: David Fairclough on 19th January 2012 at 02:12

I've really enjoyed the last 2 days photos, it's good to see more of Wigan and if you don't mind me saying so less birds. Thank you

Comment by: Michael on 19th January 2012 at 05:06

It's the Wiend. Why can't people hget this right?

Comment by: Mick on 19th January 2012 at 07:26

It could be Paris.

I wonder why that doorway is arched shaped maybe it was used to keep something big in.

Comment by: Janice on 19th January 2012 at 08:39

Great images of Wigan Andrew. Would like to see more please. Do you put any of your work online? I am a raw beginner at photography and am really enjoying seeing all the great photos on this site.

Comment by: Michael on 19th January 2012 at 09:18

It's get. Why can't people get this right?

Comment by: red stripe on 19th January 2012 at 09:27

Have to agree with David - Lets see more of Wigan and less birds - great photos last 2 days

Comment by: John on 19th January 2012 at 09:46

I agree with David,more pictures of Wigan please.

Comment by: Trixie on 19th January 2012 at 09:59

Great photo.I would like more please.Thanks.

Comment by: Mick on 19th January 2012 at 10:00

David, Red Stripe and John it would help if you got snapping.

Comment by: olive on 19th January 2012 at 10:17

I also agree with David - more Wigan and Wiganers photos and far fewer birds please.

Comment by: aitch on 19th January 2012 at 10:21

Nice one, the building next to the arched one was Alf Tickles Aladdins cave, I bought loads of things from there in my model making days

Comment by: Ron D on 19th January 2012 at 10:29

Your style is refreshing, good photography.

Comment by: Jim Latham on 19th January 2012 at 10:49

Yes, this area is developing into a very pleasant part of the town centre. Whoever thought that Wigan would have a Piazza? I'm looking forward to the Wigan Food and Drink Festival in March. Gallimore's is having a French night during the Festival.
Piazzas and French nights in Wigan!!! Can it get better than that?

Comment by: Cyril on 19th January 2012 at 11:09

Mick, there used to be stables through the arched doorway as there was hay racks on the wall at one time.

Comment by: incer71 on 19th January 2012 at 13:56

dont know about the table and chairs outside it looks freezing,but another good pic andrew

Comment by: ann aspinall on 19th January 2012 at 14:32

abraham guest, anybody got a class photo of 4b 1962 nice photo by the way/

Comment by: Dave Marsh on 19th January 2012 at 15:49

Mr Gallimore should be right pleased with your photo,Andrew.Always enjoyed the food there but a little to crowded at lunch time.I have mentioned this many times;there is a secondary cellar under The Wiend from the shop on the right and a large tunnel going down The Wiend from that cellar.I believe Ince Forge once had a metal dept.to the left of Gallimores.

Comment by: HENRY7 on 19th January 2012 at 15:52

Great photo. What an improvement to the Wiend, best it's looked in years.

Comment by: Andrew Fishburn on 19th January 2012 at 18:18

Hi Janice,
Thanks for your comments-much appreciated. I'm sure Brian wouldn't mind me pointing out Dave 'Oy' Green's site Shutternutters. Dave has contributed loads of fantastic images on here and the Shutternutters forum is a very supportive place to post your images and get great advice. My pseudonym on there is 'Tallis': I look forward to seeing some of your work!

Comment by: dirty harry on 19th January 2012 at 19:28

bland pic it does nowt for me lets av more wild life pics. love the one with the baby deer on late last year. some good meat came from that hmmmmmmmm

Comment by: David Fairclough on 19th January 2012 at 19:57

Sorry Mick, I'm in Australia so any pics I take wouldn't be any good for Wigan World. But I really appreciate the Wigan photos, home will always be Wigan

Comment by: britboy on 19th January 2012 at 21:20

Another great photo, would love to be sitting out there drinking coffee, I'll make it a point of doing so in May when I come over to Wigan.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 19th January 2012 at 21:36

Great photo,certainly changed a lot since the 50`s.!!!I remember walking through there ..but can`t remember where I came out !!Where did it lead too?!

Comment by: David O on 19th January 2012 at 22:14

It leads to Market Place, right opposite th'underground lavvis

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 19th January 2012 at 22:40

thankyou David O.Not sure I really wanted so much info though !!

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 19th January 2012 at 23:25

Love the muted tones on this one - nice shot! And thanks for the plug mate :)

Comment by: Margaret on 20th January 2012 at 00:06

Like the photo and agree with a lot of the others - too many birds.

Comment by: Mavis on 20th January 2012 at 22:43

Great photo brings back memories, the fish and chips there are great.

Comment by: Tony Haslam on 20th January 2012 at 23:13

I am in Austrailia but check Wigan World every day or so. I also agree that there should be more photos of Wigan and not birds. Hope Brian gets the nessage or is he short of photos from us. Just to say it is 34 degrees here and wall to wall sunshine but would give anything for a pint of boddies and a pie

Comment by: Helen on 21st January 2012 at 09:01

I think there was a printers in The Wiend years ago, I can remember going there with my Grandfather...anyone know the firm's name or anything about them ? Also can anyone tell me where the original Observer offices were ?

Comment by: Margaret on 21st January 2012 at 13:12

Was the printer Sidebothams? I think they owned Kilhey Court before it was changed into a hotel. Lovely building. Tony Haslam - I agree about the birds too many, there is another one there today.

Comment by: wcml on 21st January 2012 at 17:02

helen the observer offices were at rowbottom square,just behind the ravon pub on wallgate,if you want some info on the wigan observer ask colin harlow,hes a regular on wigan world he would be most interested to here from you i am sure

Comment by: Steven on 21st January 2012 at 21:21

It would be nice o see photos of silcocks fair when it came to montrose avenue years ago

Comment by: Helen on 22nd January 2012 at 08:44

wcml, thanks for that information on the Observer. My Grandfather wrote articles for a mining magazine & I believe, the Observer back in the 50's so I'm just interested to find out what I can. I never knew that he also wrote text books on mining till I found some on the internet..what you don't know about your family !

Comment by: Margaret on 22nd January 2012 at 10:09

Never mind Montrose Avenue, has anyone got photos of when the fair was on the Market Square.

Comment by: Tom Walsh on 30th January 2012 at 18:06

The shop on the right was Tom Whalley 's first pet shop, before he moved to the corner of the Weind and Millgate. On the right the shop next to the archway was Tickle's craft shop, raffia, plaster of paris , rubber moulds, children would buy the moulds, and make ornaments and paint them in gaudy colours. The shop was always a mishmash, but Mr., Tickle could find anything he was a gentleman, nothing to much troubleFurther down there was a gents., outfitters Harry
Jones,you could get made to measure shirt ( how posh is that) . On the same side there
a barbers Russ Lyon.Unusually for a town centre there was an engineering works Naylors, on the opposite side to Ezra Sidebotham printers. I went though the Weind every day on my way to work at Lowe's, Market Place.

Comment by: Frances on 6th February 2012 at 14:36

My great grandfather was called samuel? willan and he owned the barbers shop in the wiend in the early 1900.s. Are any of his descendants reading this on wigan world?

Comment by: Helen Jones on 3rd March 2012 at 14:14

Ezra Sidebotham & Co, I used to run tame there as a child and still remember the smell: hot lead and paper.
Alf Tickle's shop had lampshade frames hanging from the ceiling, bulb fibre, embroidery thread, marquetry veneers...
and my mother used to have her hair done at Ada Banister's salon which was upstairs on the right about halfway towards Market Place - nearly sixty years ago, thanks for bringing back the memories.

Comment by: IanGregson on 18th April 2012 at 08:26

Hey David Marsh - I am interested to read more about this tunnel in the sub basement of the shop - it sounds very interesting. I've read a few of your descriptions - tell us more

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