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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 12th May, 2016)

Alms Houses

Alms Houses
Off Hall Lane, Wigan.

Photo: David  (Canon PowerShot SX240 HS)
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Comment by: Scholes Malc on 12th May 2016 at 08:19

been past this building numerous times as there is a short cut by the side of it to the 'woods'
what is the history of this building and why is it named 'Alms' house?

Comment by: Johnny on 12th May 2016 at 09:13

As I understand it, Alms Houses were for retired people who had been in public service. Correct me if I'm wrong. I can take constructive criticism! :O)

Comment by: Johnny on 12th May 2016 at 09:19

Good shot David!
Its obvious William Blake didnt venture out of Wigan when he wrote about "those dark satanic mills". Look at what he missed!!

Comment by: maggie on 12th May 2016 at 09:42

I believe it is thought that Blake was referring to the disagreements between Oxford & Cambridge universities. Lovely photograph.

Comment by: John Morris on 12th May 2016 at 10:57

Good shot David. Johnny, as I understand it Alms Houses were for retired people "in need" not only those who had been in public service. The Alms houses in, Charnock Richard, were built by James Darlington for the retired mine workers from his pits. They carried a pension of 10 shillings a week; very generous in the 1860s. He also built the local church, school and "institute" as well as donating a cricket field. St John's in Coppull was another of his offerings.

Comment by: Loz on 12th May 2016 at 17:40

These houses were known as 'The Receptacle'. It was a condition laid down by the owner, Lord Crawford, that tenants must walk to Haigh church each Sunday to attend the service.
The adjacent quarry also shared the name - being known as the Receptacle Delph.

Comment by: David Barker on 12th May 2016 at 18:49

Worked on the Alms houses in the 80s replaced all the Gothic windows,we made a template first and tried it in the openings ,they weren't far off all being the same,good stonework.
There probably all PVC now not been up close to inspect them.

Comment by: Johnny on 13th May 2016 at 00:01

Thanks for that info John (Morris)..

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