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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 25th November, 2014)

Market Place

Market Place

Photo: Neil Cain  (Panasonic DMC-TZ9)
Views: 12,275

Comment by: Aubrey on 25th November 2014 at 07:58

Nice one Neil, the corner of Market Place with Market Street. Excellent clear photo.

Comment by: Helen on 25th November 2014 at 08:25

You can keep all your glass, chrome and glitzy
plazas, malls, shopping centres etc...this is Wigan for me. Its something probably not looked up at much by people below in the street.

Comment by: jj on 25th November 2014 at 08:45

Helen, you are spot on. Architects in the past created beautiful buildings. Today it's all straight lines, concrete, metal, glass. Ugly, soulless, depressing monstrosities, and unfortunately Wigan has more than it's fair share. At least we still have a few reminders like Neil's photo of how better things could be.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 25th November 2014 at 08:58

Nice angle, Neil.

I agree with Helen.

Comment by: Pat on 25th November 2014 at 09:09

Yes, I also agree with Helen, i don't look up, so don't appreciate the architecture, a very good angle and good photo.

Comment by: Mick on 25th November 2014 at 09:15

But the thing is some of these new concrete, metal, glass ugly, soulless, depressing monstrosities that some of you dont like keep the rain out and the heat in unlike the old fashioned leaky damp ones of days gone bye.

Comment by: maggie on 25th November 2014 at 09:52

Directly I saw it I though that I had come home, it is the essence of the Wigan that I knew when I was growing up.

Comment by: irene roberts on 25th November 2014 at 11:08

Neil has only just come to live in Wigan, and I have lived here all my life, but he has pointed out to me things I had never seen in Wigan town centre because I have just never looked up. I totally agree with Helen and I thought Maggie's sentiments were very touching. Neil's Dad and Grandad were from Ince, and Neil, who has always had a great love for Wigan and its people, also feels he has come home. So Welcome Home, Neil!

Comment by: Alan H on 25th November 2014 at 11:17

Will this corner still be here after the proposed redevelopment? From what I have seen of the plans to move the Market Hall to this site we will have a glass and steel monstrosity in it's place.More vandalism by our cash strapped council.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 25th November 2014 at 13:33

Thanks for the nice responses. Mick has a point in sofar as these days we need energy efficient buildings but surely this can be allied to a bit of styling, form and proportion. Some colour schemes on buildings around and about are offensive to most eyes. Witness what replaced the Seven Stars.Still everyone has their own opinion, let's just hope we don't lose anymore of the older buildings unnecessarily.

Comment by: Irene roberts on 25th November 2014 at 15:58

You're welcome Neil. Next time we're in Wigan admiring the architecture, you owe me a pie!

Comment by: Mick on 25th November 2014 at 16:48

Neil the new building at the Seven Stars is a lovely modern car showroom.

I wonder how many would like to go on holiday and stay in a hotel that had rooms and windows like the one in the photo of the day.

You can just imagine all the drafts coming through the gaps and the steamed up window in a morning.

Comment by: Bob on 25th November 2014 at 17:51

Mick get real lots of hotels are older than these buildings and are ok what is the so called posh places youve been in like.

Comment by: Gem on 25th November 2014 at 18:14

The new building at Seven Stars is empty and been up for rent for months

Comment by: Neil Cain on 25th November 2014 at 19:46

It seems to me that the design of homes has improved in the last decade and these must conform to high standards of energy efficiency, however ,in the main, public and corporate buildings haven't followed suit in terms of being pleasing to the eye.Others will take issue with me but I suspect more agree than disagree.

Comment by: Ellen on 25th November 2014 at 21:59

--somewhat belatedly!! Couldn't agree more with Helen and with Maggie!

Comment by: Giovanni on 26th November 2014 at 11:45

Great shot Neil!
The times I've walked past here and not realised the architecture above. In Italy its in your face constantly!
Must look up more and risk a pain in the neck! ;-)

Comment by: Neil Cain on 26th November 2014 at 13:35

Thanks Giovanni, if I crash into someone as I look up it may be you.

Comment by: Giovanni on 26th November 2014 at 16:11

I could be saying "scusi" alot!

Comment by: Garry on 26th November 2014 at 18:47

What are we looking at????

Comment by: brian smith on 27th November 2014 at 07:15

could you please show some pics of worsley hall pemberton norley hall
and not so many of haigh hall

Comment by: Garry on 27th November 2014 at 19:36

Get out yourself, Brian!

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