Photo-a-Day (Thursday, 17th December, 2015)
O. & G. Rushton Limited
Nice photo, have been stood in that same spot.
I like this image Rachel, one of the landmarks of old Wigan.
When it was The Gas Showrooms it was the pick-up point for everyone boarding coaches.
Does anyone know who built this
magnificent building all those years ago.D.C.
I always think of this as the Gas Showrooms but what was its original purpose?
Bricklayers Derick. I would logically think O & C Rushton Limited.
Lovely shot Rachel.
Kath, it was originally built as a food and grain warehouse by O&C Rushton LTD.
Mick, come on..it's a convex photo.
Rushton builders limited.
Kath, originally it was the central warehouse for O & G Rushton who were wholesale grocers with a chain of shops around Wigan. Prior to becoming the Gas Showrooms it was occupied by Pendlebury's department store(Now Debenhams) for several years after their Standishgate store burnt down in 1953 until it was rebuilt and re-opened in 1957 (Wilkinsons are now on the site)
Rachel..you're quite the photographer aren't you..it's an excellent shot,
you have more of a head for heights than me lass.
The proprietors were Oates and George Rushton and they were wholesale grocers
Good photo, like the effect. Went to Thomas Linacre School 1955-1956 just round the corner. I know the building but what is the new addition on the right hand side.
The building to the right is a vertical farm
Did it take 5 years to build or is the right hand end an extension? The date at each end is different. Having another look you can see the joint line at the right hand, must be an add on.
It's not a joint line Kevan T, it's a Gutter down spout pipe!
Kevan T.It looks like part of the design to me,so it could be an extension as you say.
thanks Alex! I hadn't noticed the different dates either.. good stuff