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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 3rd April, 2015)

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University Technical College occupying the O. & G. Rushton building in Wigan.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
Views: 3,980

Comment by: Ellen on 3rd April 2015 at 01:12

The building looks familiar,but I can't recall where it is! Will someone please enlighten me?

Comment by: Mags on 3rd April 2015 at 07:00

Used to get groceries from O& G's , that's when we had enought ration coupons!

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 3rd April 2015 at 08:12

what is the history of this building? I remember the front at the old 'gas showrooms' but what was it before that?

Comment by: Hindleyite on 3rd April 2015 at 08:55

Nice that this splendid old building has been put to good use.

Comment by: A.W. on 3rd April 2015 at 09:16

One of Wigan's landmark buildings that the council have (so far) failed to demolish.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 3rd April 2015 at 09:17

Nice contrast of red brick and blue sky Tom.

Comment by: Peterp on 3rd April 2015 at 10:01

Ellen it is straight opposite Wigan College

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 3rd April 2015 at 10:05

Ellen; this photo is taken in Parsons Walk and is the side of the building. The front of the building is in New Market St. opposite to the Galleries which you can see to the right and are on the Old Market Square.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 3rd April 2015 at 10:20


Comment by: Derrick Cunliffe on 3rd April 2015 at 10:57

This building has stood the test of
time and still looks fantastic,does
anyone know the name of the original
builder D.C.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 3rd April 2015 at 11:03

Before The Gas Showrooms it was the temporary home of Pendleys(Debenhams) they moved there after the fire ,and we're there for quite a while, whilst the new store was rebuilt .

Comment by: Mick on 3rd April 2015 at 11:23

This building as been saved by Martin Ainscough, he is busy now saving the Drumcroon building

Comment by: Maurice on 3rd April 2015 at 11:39

One of Wigans great buildings,it's a pity the new addition to the building was'nt done using matching brick.

Comment by: nephro on 3rd April 2015 at 11:51

When I was a lad this was Rushton's warehouse,which serviced all their shops. We shopped at the one in Gidlow lane at the top of Upper St Stephen street.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 3rd April 2015 at 12:12

Scholes Malc; see photo #10035 3rd on 2nd row in Album, Assorted, Wigan Shop/Company Adverts.

Comment by: christine on 3rd April 2015 at 12:39

memories of the front old gas showrooms where the coaches would pick up up to go on holiday .great days

Comment by: Lee Layland on 3rd April 2015 at 14:54

They've used that building before for the electricians.

Comment by: Garry on 3rd April 2015 at 18:41

Derick it was built in 1900 with terracotta bricks commonly known as red brick.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 3rd April 2015 at 22:10

AW - the continuing useful life of this building was made possible by the Council you are attacking by their use of it as their Planning Department for over 15 years. Credit where it's due.

Comment by: Essex Girl on 3rd April 2015 at 23:11

Remember this building in the 60's when it was mainly secretarial and business studies with art students in the basement. Great building with great memories for me.

Comment by: Garry on 7th April 2015 at 07:21

The council won't demolish this building, it belongs to them.

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