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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 9th May, 2012)


The court house, Darlington Street.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
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Comment by: Derek Platt on 9th May 2012 at 04:45

Maybe I'll beat Ernie Pyke this time, mind you I'm in Canada.Walked past this building about a month ago when visiting. Quite a change from the old Darlington Street I remember. Impressive building

Comment by: peterp on 9th May 2012 at 06:49

This is a nice building,just wondered why they bricked up the windows?

Comment by: Mick on 9th May 2012 at 08:18

I wonder why they bricked up the windows on the left.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 9th May 2012 at 09:28

Well done Thomas, 4th photo in succession ! Let`s have a comment from you.
Derek, I didn`t have anything to say earlier ! Did you find the location of St.George`s Ch.?

Comment by: Andy on 9th May 2012 at 10:01

Looks like they ran out of money for the double glazing or had a few spare bricks laying around. I can't think of any reason why they would have the building looking like that.

Comment by: Alan H on 9th May 2012 at 10:26

Perhaps they were avoiding the Window Tax introduced in 1696 and repealed in 1851. the news may not have reached wigan yet.

Comment by: dirty harry on 9th May 2012 at 10:28

there bricked up to stop the local idiots from throwing stones through i bet .

Comment by: Mary on 9th May 2012 at 10:39

Could be where the cells are.

Comment by: Thomas (Tom) Walsh on 9th May 2012 at 11:07

Ernest,Thankyou for your kind comment .I am fairly new to Wigan World,I only resently got one of these fantastic contraptions (Christmas present) ,but I enjoy the site enormously ,especially Photo-a-Day,and the Albums.Since putting photographs on the album I have been contacted by people from Canada and Australia ,proof that W.W.realy dose go world wide.We are very fortunate to have the volunteers who make it such a success .Incedentley,I had a comment on yesterday posting Iron Bridge,and managed to find a photograph of the old bridge,thanks to the information you provided.Kind regards.

Comment by: Mick on 9th May 2012 at 11:16

They could put the cells round the back Mary.

If you tell someone in a pub that theres one odd brick in all that brickwork word will get around and next time your passing there will be hundreds of folk looking up as they walk past.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 9th May 2012 at 12:03

Thanks Tom, much appreciated. Brian tells me that he`s been running wiganworld for around 10 years and has other sites too !

Comment by: Cyril on 9th May 2012 at 12:15

You could well be right there Mary, that room could well have been converted to a prisoner holding room since the police station next door closed, that is originally where the cells where with a tunnel connecting to the courts.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 9th May 2012 at 13:05

Cyril, I assume that these blocked up windows are on two floors - so it`s more than one room?

Comment by: dostaf on 9th May 2012 at 14:35

Lovely pic.

Cells are lower down.

Were connected to police station by 'the bridge'. (Since demolished)

Comment by: Dostaf on 9th May 2012 at 16:00

Bridge can be seen on this WW pic.

Comment by: Tom Walsh on 9th May 2012 at 16:14

According to a friend of mine. The windows weren't actually blocked as such, it was actually built that way. They are just decorative.

Comment by: Catherine on 9th May 2012 at 16:15

Weren't the "windows" built like that? I don't ever remember those particular ones having glass in them.
I always thought that the Justice figure in the brick was great.

Comment by: Ellen on 9th May 2012 at 20:35

Catherine, I too like the figure of Lady Justice,but wonder that she isn't blindfolded?

Tom Walsh, I've been in Canada, Ontario to be exact, for almost 45 yrs.,and am loving WW as a way of remembering "home"

Comment by: Derek Platt on 9th May 2012 at 21:37

Hi Ernest, I did find the location of St George's church. I found it on Google. Can't say I remembered it though.

Comment by: aitch on 9th May 2012 at 23:42

well, its a good photo, but not one I could describe from the inside, now Lower Ince police station, well thats another matter, lol

Comment by: Gerald Pilkington Canada on 10th May 2012 at 21:18

Justice system seen that been there.There is one brick in upside down, inside out.

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