Photos of Wigan
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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 14th August, 2013)

Top o'town


Top o'town
Taken from the top of Wigan Parish Church.

Photo: Andrew Fishburn  (Canon EOS 5D)
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Comment by: David Fairclough on 14th August 2013 at 00:07

Nice shot Andrew no one can complain it's not Wigan.
Brian put a photo on PaD 8th Oct 2008 from the same place, I have that as my background on my laptop and many people comment on it

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 14th August 2013 at 00:33

Well done Andrew, great photograph .

Comment by: Roy on 14th August 2013 at 00:50

Now that's Wigan, even DH cant deny that,lol.Good shot Andrew who gives you permission to go to the top of the church?

Comment by: Kathleen Edinburgh . on 14th August 2013 at 01:10

Lovely photo of Wigan Andrew,makes me feel home sick.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 14th August 2013 at 01:32

Wonderful Andrew.....now that is what I call an eye opener.....straight in the Album.....Magnificent, magic.....cheers!!!!

Comment by: Derek Platt on 14th August 2013 at 03:07

Blinkin eck, wigan fair's a lot smaller these days.Seriously a great photo. I'll be there at the end of September

Comment by: Janet ( FL ) on 14th August 2013 at 03:57

It isn't the Wigan I grew up with, but Wigan is still home and I miss it :-(

Comment by: Robin Leigh on 14th August 2013 at 04:41

Thanks for posting all the wonderful P-a-D images. This and yesterday's images made me realise that, one day, posterity will appreciate knowing the date and time the original was taken. If it's not too much trouble...

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th August 2013 at 08:42

Excellent, Andrew. Soon as I saw it the underground toilets sprang to mind, lol.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th August 2013 at 09:02

David Fairclough; Brian`s photo is on 15th Oct. 2008, not the 8th.

Comment by: kath on 14th August 2013 at 09:08

Oh aye, belting. wish I was there [not at the top of the Parish church....]
Ernest my first thought was the toilets too!

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 14th August 2013 at 11:10

Yes....I to thought of the underground toilets where I used to wait for the No.5 bus to Graham Farm....yes I know I have said this before....but you know 13000 miles away......cheers!!!

Comment by: Johnn H on 14th August 2013 at 12:48

Nice shot Andrew, I love this shot. Perhaps in the future this will be the best angle to shoot Wigan from, then we wont be able to see all the shops that are boarded up. Nice shot I like it

Comment by: Anne on 14th August 2013 at 13:21

Is it true the underground space was not filled in?

Comment by: Bill Eatock on 14th August 2013 at 16:17

Brilliant photograph of a brilliant town. (well part of it!)

Comment by: Roy on 14th August 2013 at 17:31

Lizzie, from one Standisher to another, you are 10,140 miles away, the max distance you can be from a position in any part of the world before you start coming back on yourself around the other side is 12,450, just thought i'd throw that in for a bit of interest. I asked you Andrew on the third posting who gives permission to go to the top,i presume you haven,t seen my question yet.

Comment by: Roy on 14th August 2013 at 17:42

Anne, the underground space was known as 'The White City' because of all the white tiles, the gent's i can vouch for, i presume the ladie's were the same. I heard the same about the space not being filled in but dont really know.

Comment by: Ellen on 14th August 2013 at 17:49

A great picture; I never thought that Wigan is so picturesque! But truly,this makes me sooo homesick!

Comment by: Anne on 14th August 2013 at 18:28

Roy... the ladies were "decorated" in the same way. I can understand the space not being filled in,to do so would add to cost. If it was meant to take pedestrian traffic no point in doing so. As a child I wondered at people walking overhead across the glass ceiling.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 14th August 2013 at 19:58

Thank you for the info Roy, 10,140miles is still an awful long way on a Bristol Britannia Prop Jet......cheers!!!!

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 14th August 2013 at 20:37

fantastic photo Andrew.Everywhere looks so busy.Don`t think I could have gone up there though !

Comment by: Gerald Pilkington Canada on 14th August 2013 at 21:16

I guess everbody that has a couple of years on them went down under to the toilets, yes im one

Comment by: Andrew Fishburn on 14th August 2013 at 21:48

Thanks folks! It really was a stunning day to look over our town from the top of the tower.

Roy, I sing in the choir at Wigan, and the organ needs mending! I was shooting some footage for the appeal! Sir Edward Bairstow was organist at Wigan at the turn of the last century and designed the organ, which was rebuilt in the sixties. One of his most famous pieces which is sung in churches and cathedrals all over the world was written for Wigan - 'Save us, O Lord' - you will find it on Youtube. We still sing it to this day and have the unique position of singing it with the organ for which it was written! Bairstow was later Organist at York Minster and widely recognised as one of England's most important composers.

Comment by: Andrew Fishburn on 14th August 2013 at 21:52

Lizzie Down Under - one of my photo projects for the winter months is a 'then and now' project - do you have any suggestions / requests for a shot?
BW, andrew

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 14th August 2013 at 22:14

Andrew that is a great idea.....the old market hall comes to mind....what it looks like now....walking to school down Old Pepper Lane ....used to cut through by the old miners cottages then on through the pit car park.....and on to St Maries on Almond Brook Rd....I know the pit is no longer there...it would be interesting to see the area.....if I remember anything else Andrew...I will post on P-A-D .thank you ...cheers!!!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th August 2013 at 22:24

Andrew, I was in Holy Trinity Church, Skipton last Friday. The present organ installed in 1926 by Rushworth and Dreaper of Liverpool was designed by Sir Edward Bairstow. Had rebuilds in 1966 and 1970. It was completely overhauled in 1995 by John Corkhill of Hindley Green

Comment by: Skeets on 14th August 2013 at 22:41

It's interesting to see that one of the biggest shops on the most prominent corner appears to be a travel agent!!

Comment by: Roy on 15th August 2013 at 09:19

Skeets, there's a bigger and better travel agent beneath Andrew's feet there are several branches in Wigan and they are in every village, town and city in the world, they can send you where Thomas Cook and others cant. It's a place called Heaven, that's not in the travel brochures, but they try to make some places sound like it,lol.

Comment by: mac on 15th August 2013 at 11:11

What a lovely colourful photo of our town centre. May I take a copy please.

Comment by: Ken R on 16th August 2013 at 00:13

Nice photo of the town Centre, but the best part for me is on the horizon, " Wuchie Rook"

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