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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 25th October, 2012)

Lever Street


Lever Street
Entrance to the bus station from Market Street named Lever Street. The nondescript building replaced a very ornate building belonging to William Lever, later the first Viscount Leverhulme, hence Lever Street. Appeared on p-a-d some 3 years ago.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
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Comment by: Ken R on 25th October 2012 at 00:50

Aclean looking Market Street, not many people about, no rush for the busses.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 25th October 2012 at 01:24

Looks very strange to me as I have not been back for some 48 years nearly!!!! Great picture though. Nice colours and such neat paving and nice planter box. The large plant is a verigated flax I think, tough as old boots comes from New Zealand so you have to be tough to grow there. Nice one Thomas, cheers.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 25th October 2012 at 07:34

Very interesting, Tom. I`ve been along this street many times to go to and from the bus station and didn`t know it had a name!

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 25th October 2012 at 08:36

The pillar in the centre of the street does not look vertical to me. If the pillar is actually wider at the top than lower down, it would look as it appears.

Comment by: Al.C. on 25th October 2012 at 10:10

I seem to recall that years ago there used to be a grocers shop where Roberts and the Amusement Arcade are on the photo. Does anybody else remember it?

Comment by: irene roberts on 25th October 2012 at 11:08

There was one opposite to those shops, roughly about where the photo was taken from, It was Latimer's.

Comment by: Gary on 25th October 2012 at 12:17

Nondescript building, Thomas - but practical.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 25th October 2012 at 13:21

I have no difficulty with a description for the building, "Box" seems ideal to me. As far a "practical" is concerned, I agree but I'm confident that "cheap" was a major factor in the decision to build the "box".

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 25th October 2012 at 15:30

Do you think I should visit the "roberts opticians? Picture looks a bit "all over the place" Looking agaain I think the opticians is empty !
On your comment Neil,I dont think that pillar looks at all safe.

Comment by: Bill Eatock on 25th October 2012 at 17:04

The pillar was designed in that way, Jean. It doesn't lean at all.
Only by standing in a certain position does it appear perfectly vertical. A clever optical illusion.

Comment by: Thomas (Tom)Walsh. on 25th October 2012 at 19:17

The box building looks completely out of place with the surrounding structures ,I can but wonder what the planners were thinking about when this was given permission.
I have only recently learned of Save Wigan,
A group dedicated to save Wigans heritage .
The life time membership is £10, I am going to join ,and I mention it in case others are unaware of its existence . If numbers are increased, The Council will have to take its views on board when making decision on our
historic sites.

Comment by: Skeets on 25th October 2012 at 20:09

2 litter bins 2 paces from 2 drink containers left by 2 lazy so n so's (at the base of the pillar)

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 25th October 2012 at 20:29

Thankyou Bill.......that really is a very clever optical illusion.

Comment by: ann21 on 25th October 2012 at 21:41

Jean The Opticians is closed. I think they have relocated to another town

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