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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 26th June, 2013)

Standish water tower


Standish water tower
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Photo: Alan Banks  (Panasonic DMC-FT3)
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Comment by: Ken R on 26th June 2013 at 00:03

I don't know about a water tower, it looks like a transmission tower.

Comment by: Mick on 26th June 2013 at 00:04

Years ago before the trees grew you could always spot Standish Water Tower

Comment by: PeterP on 26th June 2013 at 08:34

what a ugly building I bet the locals are glad its masked with trees

Comment by: Enest Pyke on 26th June 2013 at 09:04

An extract from Wigan Chronology 1936:-
July 15. - New Standish Water Works opened by Mr. Gordon Macdonald, M.P.

Comment by: Kath Pressey on 26th June 2013 at 09:04

By thi crin, that's a bit of a carbuncle.

Comment by: Alan H on 26th June 2013 at 10:15

Ken R, it is indeed a mobile phone transmission tower. It is no longer used for water,they had to strengthen the roof in order to have the mobile phone masts put up. Water is now distributed around Standish by electric pumps using water from the underground reservoir between the tower and Standish cricket club. The water pressure is kept to the absolute minimum legal requirement of 1 Bar to minimise leaks in the system. The water pressure on Green Lane is absolutely diabolical. When Wainhomes tried to build on the cricket club, they were told that they would have to pay for bigger pumps to be installed. Hope they never succeed.

Comment by: Janice on 26th June 2013 at 11:01

Now, I don't usually agree with knocking buildings down - but I would personally do this one!!!

Comment by: bill7 on 26th June 2013 at 11:23

Looks like an ugly concrete church

Comment by: Garry on 26th June 2013 at 12:59

No comment.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 26th June 2013 at 14:57

At least the ugly fence matches the ugly tower..not impressed at all..

Comment by: linda massa on 26th June 2013 at 16:25

Used to spend hours playing round there when I was a lass.

Comment by: tricia on 26th June 2013 at 18:46

Well, never was one to follow the crowd,lolol
I used to love this building.I could see it from the Kitt Green Bus on my way home from school.
I could even see it driving down City Road in my Dad's car!
It looked better in those days and was not full of those hideous monstrosities that it is today.
I was so fascinated by it that my Dad took me to see it....
Well to each his own .You can say what you want...I do not give a damn...I would much sooner have memories of the water tower than some of the ugly building that have gone up in Wigan lately!!!

Comment by: B Bradshaw. on 26th June 2013 at 19:37

UGLY buildings ? The worst example, is the Bomb site at the bottom of King St.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 26th June 2013 at 20:21

It might be better if painted.
https://sites.google.com/site/fneilr/water-tower

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 26th June 2013 at 20:21

With you on this one Janice
...........It`s `orrible .

Comment by: alan lad on 26th June 2013 at 21:03

spent many aday playin round that area when i were a lad till the new locals moved in around it they were not concerned about the tower then so i cant see a problem now. its as much a part of standish as owt.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th June 2013 at 21:49

Neil: Have a look at photo on :-
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/34916223
It`s much nicer from this side.

Comment by: tricia on 27th June 2013 at 14:05

Can someone please take a pic of the other side and post it?
Many thanks.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 27th June 2013 at 19:16

Ernest, yes it does look better; the problem with concrete that it hardly ever looks good after a period of time. bill7's comment at 11.23 is true, the building looks like a small medieval church, so it could be made to look much better with some cosmetic work.

Tricia, see Ernest's web address at 21:49 to see the other side.

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