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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 30th May, 2013)

Building collapse

Building collapse
118 Standishgate collapsed yesterday in the early hours of the morning yesterday. An 18th Century Grade II listed building left to rot and decay. Standishgate is closed from the Royal Oak to the school car park while demolition takes place.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone 4)
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Comment by: Lizzie down under on 30th May 2013 at 00:09

So sad to see....sign of the times....maybe it was too far gone to be saved in the first place so nature has taken its course....cheers!!

Comment by: JMWigan on 30th May 2013 at 01:10

It is a shame. The fire service got sent to this in the early hours and spent a few hours searching beneath the rubble checking no one was trapped. Lucky there was not.

Comment by: David Fairclough on 30th May 2013 at 01:35

That is appalling, whoever was reponsible for that building should be held accountable. If that had happened during the day someone could have been under all that.

Comment by: Ken R on 30th May 2013 at 02:04

I bet those pigeons had a bird's eye view.

Comment by: Mags on 30th May 2013 at 06:42

What a waste. Another bit of our history gone!

Comment by: Mick on 30th May 2013 at 06:54

Theres a video here of 118 Standishgate.


Comment by: Kath Pressey on 30th May 2013 at 07:21

sad to see buildings neglected.

Comment by: bob on 30th May 2013 at 08:38

Classic example of redevelopment of protected buildings.. Leave it to rot and watch it fall.

Comment by: A.W. on 30th May 2013 at 09:43

The opening of the ring road in the 80s had a detrimental effect on this area, a lot of custom was taken away from the smaller businesses that operated from premises like this, eventually they became unoccupied.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 30th May 2013 at 10:39

Is this the building that appears in Whitehouse's mid 19th century view showing Mabs Cross? What a disgrace that it comes to this.

Comment by: irene roberts on 30th May 2013 at 10:52

My husband says this is a listed building. He used to work in a Motor Factors just behind it, just up the entry, in the 1970s. People lived in the building in those days, in flats.

Comment by: tricia on 30th May 2013 at 12:59

My first thought was horror, just in case someone had been inside at the time. My next thought was how convenient, the vandals can now demolish it. There should be a law to prosecute this type of thing... ie turning a blind eye and letting a building of historical importance decay until it simply falls down. They should be made to restore it.

Comment by: jont65 on 30th May 2013 at 13:08

There's another building on Wallgate in a very dangerous state, the windows are bulging out of it could collapse anytime.
The buildings across from Northwest station there's scaffolding up on most of the shops it's the first shop after the scaffolding.

Comment by: Edna Harris on 30th May 2013 at 14:58

Lizzie, why do you have to end every comment on here with a Cheers?

Comment by: Jod on 30th May 2013 at 15:11

I agree with Bob, and sometimes you've got to move on. Look at the state of the old Penningtons building on Hallgate that was 'saved' - saved for what I ask, all it does is blight the new and redeveloped buildings. I wonder if the woman who petitioned for that to be saved is pleased with her efforts - it should have gone the way of the other run-down buildings!! Tricia, what is 'historically important' about these buildings?

Comment by: tricia on 30th May 2013 at 15:37

Because she is a cheerful person. Unlike a few people on here.

Comment by: Helen on 30th May 2013 at 15:37

'bob' has said it all.....must be a new way of demolishing listed buildings !

Comment by: Kath on 30th May 2013 at 16:19

How sad to see this. I was at the High School opposite this building and I remember it well, although I haven't lived in Wigan for some years.

Comment by: Ellen on 30th May 2013 at 16:40

One wonders whether those responsible for this and other buildings which are being allowed to 'die' for lack of rehabilitation realize that they are destroying our heritage?
Is anyone going to be held responsible? Although I have not lived in England for the greater part of my life, I still feel that this is "home", I suppose I always will, but things like this really hurt.

Comment by: DIRTY HARRY on 30th May 2013 at 17:40


Comment by: Neil Rigby on 30th May 2013 at 19:16

My understanding is that there is a legal responsibility to maintain listed buildings.
e.g see

Comment by: Fred Mason on 30th May 2013 at 19:37

Cheers to lizzie...

Shame about the building though...

Comment by: ann21 on 30th May 2013 at 20:02

Jont65 That scaffolding in Wallgate has been there for months. What are they supposed to be doing. There is never anyone working on it.

Comment by: Henry7 on 30th May 2013 at 20:53

About 20 years ago I was walking past this building and 2 men were taking photos. They said they were interested in historical buildings and thought that this was one of the best they had seen. Pity the Council have different ideas. It's a sin to let buildings like this become derelict we should cherish them.

Comment by: Maureen on 30th May 2013 at 21:36

Edna Harris and Dirty Harry..grow up.

Comment by: David Fairclough on 30th May 2013 at 21:47

Cheers Lizzie

Comment by: Janice on 30th May 2013 at 23:37

Cheers to everyone who cheers Lizzie. Hip Hip - cheeeeers! :}

Comment by: jp on 31st May 2013 at 18:46

There is a garage business up that alley.So there should be a good bit of compensation to be paid out by the owners of the building.That building has been neglected for over 20 years.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 31st May 2013 at 19:41

Well done Brian, Cheers.

Comment by: michael Australia Melbourne on 1st June 2013 at 07:17


Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 1st June 2013 at 20:47

Isn`t Lizzie just saying "thankyou" in her own way??

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 2nd June 2013 at 05:31

I try to be a cheerful person.....positivity is very important because there is so much negativity around.....so chuffed at all your comments.....I will continue always with my cheers!!!

Comment by: Ste Wigan on 2nd June 2013 at 14:56

Did it fall or was it pushed? Cheers Lizzie!

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