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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 26th August, 2012)

The Observer Building


The Observer Building
Rowbottom Square, Wigan.

Photo: Colin Harlow  (Kodak CX7330)
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Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th August 2012 at 03:01

Walk past here quite a lot. It`s a short cut from Wigan Wallgate to the library entrance in Hewlett St.
Golin, I`ve just looked at photo #18219 submitted by you in Album, Work, Printers page 1. There are cars parked in front and there are cars there when I go past, so wonder what time of day you took today`s P-a-D?

Comment by: Mick on 26th August 2012 at 08:00

I wonder how old that lamp is on the right of the photo.

Comment by: peterp on 26th August 2012 at 08:22

Sign of bygone times,A newspaper office

Comment by: Helen on 26th August 2012 at 08:35

Interesting pic for me. My Grandfather Bryson used to write articles for a mining publication The Observer issued. I always thought I went with him to an office in The Wiend but perhaps it was this building instead.

Comment by: Garry on 26th August 2012 at 10:23

I've been to the press room night club, it's alright too.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 26th August 2012 at 12:14

Ernest, the photo was taken early morning, that was the plan, so no cars or people were about. Mick, the lamps not that very old, it's a reproduction old style lamp to blend in with the area. It replaced the concrete column lamp that stood there for years.

Comment by: Cyril on 26th August 2012 at 12:44

Helen you could be right about going to an office in the Wiend, I'm sure there was a print shop along there in the 1960s, wonder if it it was the Examiner rather than the Observer, I'm sure someone will remember.

Comment by: dirty harry on 26th August 2012 at 13:56

has you know i dont intend to be pickie but it's reguarding what ernest pyke as written. who in the name of our lord is GOLIN? is he a character from lord of the ring's? i just dont know but has sure as god made little apples one of you good folk will set the record streight.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 26th August 2012 at 17:07

Helen,the printes you went to with your Grandfather, would probably been Ezra Sidebottom (Printers)Ltd.,thy had a large printing workshop in the Wiend. Incedentley
the Sidebottom family lived what is now Kilhey Court, Restaurant .

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th August 2012 at 19:51

dirty harry doesn`t know what capital letters are for, he can`t spell and also doesn`t know what grammar is.

Comment by: Tom Waterhouse on 26th August 2012 at 20:59

Helen Wasn't your Grandfather a lecturer in the mining department at Wigan Tech? He used to write articles in a magazine called The in the Art and Science Mining as did my late uncle Fred.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 26th August 2012 at 21:04

Ernest......I am surprised at you!
You have fallen for Dirty harry`s antics !!
Try and answer his question....he may just be genuine !

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 26th August 2012 at 21:07

Why the bars on the windows?Surely the area isnt that bad ?

Comment by: ann21 on 26th August 2012 at 21:16

Colin Is this building still there? I thought the Observer was now at Martland Mill

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th August 2012 at 22:26

Helen, no need to answer his question as the answer is obvious.
Tom Waterhouse, what magazine?

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th August 2012 at 22:31

Sorry Jean!was thinking about Tom`s question.

Comment by: Skeets on 26th August 2012 at 23:02

DH you are such a pain - you comment about someones simple typo Colin V Golin - in your critique there are seven mistake in your FIRST line!!!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 27th August 2012 at 06:07

Well said, Skeets, but you also have slipped up by not typing an `s` after `mistake` !!!

Comment by: Helen on 27th August 2012 at 09:08

Spot on Tom, Thomas Bryson was a lecturer in mining at The Wigan Mining & Technical College as it was called then & it was the Art & Science of Mining he wrote for. I have also been surprised to find he wrote several technical books on mining. What was your Uncle Fred's surname ?

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 27th August 2012 at 09:27

ann21: Yes it is still there and is called the Observer building since the paper used it from 1853-1966. A number of small companys run their business from there. The last Wigan Observer to be printed and published at Rowbottom Square, was January 1966. The then new Wigan Observer works opened in Woods street, lower Wallgate. The paper went over to web offset printing, a brand new printing and production method in newspapers. United Newspapers closed Woods street around 1984, and Martland Mill was formed, with Central Lancashire Printers and Lancashire Publications. Today however, the Wigan Observer is still published there, but printed in Preston by Broughton Printers (sadly not a full Wigan paper). The best years for the Wigan Observer in terms of readership, reliability and quality was without-dout, Woods Street. They won every newspaper award in the game.

Comment by: Tom Waterhouse on 27th August 2012 at 11:21

Helen --My Uncle Fred's name was Rylance. He got an external degree in mining from London University.

Comment by: keet on 28th August 2012 at 10:26

well potted Ernet he aid trying to pretend hi " " wa not working on hi keyboard. Jut ayin'.

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