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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 6th March, 2016)

Exposed Floor

Exposed Floor
Wigan Town Hall.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
Views: 3,852

Comment by: John Harrison on 6th March 2016 at 01:57

Really interesting photograph [where do I look?] I cant help but feel I am missing the point?

Comment by: PeterP on 6th March 2016 at 06:28

Looks nice but I bet the cost of repairs to this floor is more than is spent on filling pot holes on our roads.

Comment by: Johnny on 6th March 2016 at 09:57

Looks like a Doctors Waiting Room without the magazines!

Comment by: Maureen on 6th March 2016 at 11:02

Well..I can see that it's a terrazzo
floor,but I would love to know how long ago it was laid.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 6th March 2016 at 14:29

Maureen, it's the original floor. The building was opened on the 12 Jan.1903 by the Countess of Crawford. I appreciate its not the most inspiring photograph ,but it is part of our heritage , and as such I think is entitled to be on the site. Regards ,Tom.

Comment by: Maureen on 6th March 2016 at 15:31

Thank you very much Thomas,it looks very Roman too doesn't it..there won't be many of those around will there.

Comment by: A.W. on 6th March 2016 at 17:06

Nice to see something that the council have so far refrained from demolishing.

Comment by: Vb on 6th March 2016 at 17:58

I am all for restoration rather than destroying!
Just imagine if work had been done on the old town hall instead of it falling into ruin! I wouldn't be surprised if those tiles were Minton manufactured. They have certainly stood the test of time even if they are not to everyone's taste

Comment by: Fred Mason on 6th March 2016 at 18:42

Nice one, Tom.

Showing some of our history.

Comment by: Andrew on 6th March 2016 at 20:40

I particularly enjoyed seeing this - I had no idea it existed an it was a treat to see. Thanks for sharing, Tom, much appreciated.

Comment by: Ellen on 6th March 2016 at 21:22

Maybe mosaic, not terrazzo?

Comment by: Vb on 6th March 2016 at 23:22

St George's Hall in Liverpool uncovered a hand crafted Minton mosaic and tile floor laid in 1853. It is displayed for two weeks annually and it is utterly beautiful

Comment by: Maureen on 7th March 2016 at 09:12

Perhaps Tom will put us right.

Comment by: Maureen on 8th March 2016 at 20:41

Or perhaps not..maybe we'll never know.

Comment by: Johnny on 8th March 2016 at 23:11

The first century AD. The mosaics were laid for the first Roman governor of Wigan, Davus Whelanius!

Comment by: Maureen on 9th March 2016 at 07:47

And not a lot of people know that Johnny lol.

Comment by: Vb on 11th March 2016 at 13:42

Do you think he fiddled as well O Johnnius when Wigan was destroyed as we knew it?

Comment by: Johnny on 13th March 2016 at 15:27

I reckon Vbius...I bet he played every tune that suited him!

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