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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 6th May, 2012)

St George's Wigan


St George's Wigan
St George's Wigan

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
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Comment by: Roy on 6th May 2012 at 01:47

My mum and dad were married there in 1938. Good shot Thomas.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 6th May 2012 at 04:42

Nice perspective Thomas, leading one`s eye to the church.
My mother, born in 1899, went to school at St.George`s.
I walked along here, 10 days ago, in a downpour, but under golf umbrella, on way to Tesco, so didn`t notice any blossom !
This area of Wigan has seen vast changes. Remember the Coop and Drill Hall? Must look in Album for old photo`s.

Comment by: Fred Cunliffe on 6th May 2012 at 05:08

I was christened there,married there,sang in the choir there,it has changed a little!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 6th May 2012 at 06:23

Further to my earlier comment: there`s a photo (1684)under Powell St.in Places in Album showing St.George`s Ch."isolated".
Colin Harlow, I haven`t yet read the comments on last photo (20272).

Comment by: peterp on 6th May 2012 at 06:47

How many times have people drove past this church and not known it was there?

Comment by: Ron D on 6th May 2012 at 08:45

So was I Fred Cunliffe , Maybe at the same time ?.I new a Fred, not sure of his surname.He lived in a st very close to Windsor st. the parish rooms on the right ,drill hall on the left, some cottages also . Nice pick transported me back in time.

Comment by: Roy on 6th May 2012 at 10:42

Yes as well as being married there my mother also went to St George,s school,she was born in Longshoot. Fred do i remember correctly does the church have a gallery? Peterp your right, but how many people have walked within 100 yards of it when there were buildings all around it and didn,t realise it was there?

Comment by: Fred Cunliffe on 6th May 2012 at 11:06

Yes Roy,it had a gallery at the back,over the entrance.Yes Ron,I lived in Turner street.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 6th May 2012 at 11:28

Nice photo Thomas, fitting for Sunday.
Ernest Pyke..yes your right, you haven't read the comment 20272 on page 8, but you can now, and thanks for the reminder.

Comment by: dave johnson on 6th May 2012 at 12:31

My dad was christened there. I was pleased with the restoration after the fire. Thought they would have been tempted to knock it down, like most things from Wigan's past

Comment by: Michael on 6th May 2012 at 14:33

At last a photo neither of Haigh Hall Plantations nor some sort of bird.

It's a view of Wigan!!!!!!!!!

Comment by: Roy on 6th May 2012 at 19:21

Hi Fred, you say it HAD a gallery, does that mean it doesn,t now? if so was it destroyed in the fire and never replaced?

Comment by: Garry on 6th May 2012 at 19:38

I can't wait for Spring Watch on TV, tweet tweet.

Comment by: David on 6th May 2012 at 20:29

Wasn't there once a slaughter house in the street to the right of the church?

Comment by: Bri C on 6th May 2012 at 20:59

My Nan and Grandad were married here 1950's, from this distance it looks in very good condition, like its just been built!

Comment by: Derek Platt on 6th May 2012 at 21:07

Beautiful photo Thomas, but where exactly is it. I don't think I've ever seen it.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 6th May 2012 at 21:59

Off topic I know ....I heard the cuckoo today !

Comment by: David Fairclough on 6th May 2012 at 22:49

Your right Peterp, it looks like it's next to the market but I can't recall seeing it but must have walks past it dozens of times.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 6th May 2012 at 23:18

Derek Platt, read my comment at 06:23. St.John`s Ch.is on the left on this photo.

Comment by: peterp on 6th May 2012 at 23:40

David F when you turn off riverway onto powell st then left for the multi storey car park you drive past the church to get onto the car park.shot taken from the carpark at the side of maxems

Comment by: David Fairclough on 7th May 2012 at 00:57

I just realised where this is, it's near Standish Gate, I just haven't looked at it from this angle. I've always been walking the other way with my back to it.
Thanks Thomas

Comment by: Fred Cunliffe on 7th May 2012 at 05:31

Hi Roy,I can't answer that one,I haven't been over there for 31years!

Comment by: Roy on 7th May 2012 at 11:13

Thanks Fred, i,ll make further enquiries.

Comment by: Jerry J on 7th May 2012 at 12:05

Hi David, There used to be a slaughterhouse next to church with the name Walsh, Also there was a small balcony in St Georges Church before there was a fire, wasnt replaced,

Comment by: Loz on 7th May 2012 at 15:07

Near the church was also Arthur Smiths (Fellmongers). They treated sheepskins, and it smelled a bit in summer!

Comment by: Fred Cunliffe on 7th May 2012 at 15:49

Thanks jerry j

Comment by: Roy on 7th May 2012 at 16:10

Looks like Jerry J,s answered my question Fred, he calls it a balcony i called it a gallery, same thing at the end of the day.

Comment by: David O on 7th May 2012 at 18:26

There is now an upstairs hall that overlooks the Sanctuary through a large glass screen. Perhaps this was once the gallery/balcony

Comment by: David on 8th May 2012 at 13:23

Thanks Jerry J. Some of the men who worked at the slaughterhouse used to have a drink in the White Hart, when Bill and Edie had it in the 60s.

Comment by: Dave Roscoe on 8th May 2012 at 21:15

Anyone remeber my grandad, Joe Beck who used to be the Verger and caretaker back in the 60's. Acharacter that many people knew.

Comment by: Roy on 9th May 2012 at 01:19

The White Hart David, where would that be?

Comment by: Fred Cunliffe on 9th May 2012 at 05:39

Yes Dave,I remember him very well,a great character

Comment by: Albert Parr Adelaide on 9th May 2012 at 14:40

Reply, to Dave Rosco I remember Big Joe Beck ,when he lived at the top end of Lower Morris st.I lived in the same st,I was about twelve at the time' so I knew most people in that street.

Comment by: Mike Barton on 9th May 2012 at 23:33

in case anyone wants to follow up: Wigan Evening Post's "Retro Supplement" published on 31st March 2010 contains a few photos of St Georges Church, taken in 1984, of the restoration work in progress. One of the pictures of the front of the church is very similar to this one but shows a 3 storey brick building to the left where the trees in blossom are now.

Comment by: farrie50 on 20th May 2012 at 20:38

whenever i see this view it always reminds me of the fort at The Alamo for some reason!

Comment by: David on 21st May 2012 at 11:35

Roy - you are correct - it was the White Horse.

Comment by: cliff higham on 29th July 2012 at 18:53

nice pic Thomas, my mother and father married there in 1936 etc
I sang in the choir (tried to)

built in the 1700's, the first chapel of ease of The Parish Church.

Joe Beck, was he the knocker upper?.

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