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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 16th September, 2016)

Altar and Mortlake Tapestry

Altar and Mortlake Tapestry
Heritage Open Days. This year they run between Thursday the 8th and Sunday 10th of September. As part of this we will be displaying the Mortlake Tapestry given to us in 1643 by Bishop Bridgeman who was also Rector of Wigan.

This will be the first time it has been on display since the 1950’s.
It appeared on the Antiques Road Show in 2002.

Photo: David  (Canon PowerShot SX240 HS)
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Comment by: Gary Leece on 16th September 2016 at 08:53

Fine interior, the Victorian add ons are not too intrusive.
This is one of Wigan's great buildings.
The tapestry is genuine heritage with a complete back story.
This is a photo giving the reasons to be proud of the old borough.
Ancient & Loyal!!

Comment by: Sam h on 16th September 2016 at 11:19

David, where is this why do people only give basic information about photos that appear on w.w.

Comment by: Gary Leece on 16th September 2016 at 12:46

It is the interior of All Saints, the Parish Church of Wigan, between Wallgate and Crawford Street. The building dates back to around 1100 but had several makeovers, especially in the Victorian period. It is likely there was a church here in the 7th Century.
It suffered some gunfire damage during the English Civil War but has essentially remained the same stone building.
Other parish churches, eg Bolton and Padiham, were demolished and rebuilt during the late Victorian period whereas Wigan is more an original - always "High" with candles, vestments etc.
I was last inside in 1970 - there was a Mayoral pew at the back bearing the Wigan coat of arms.
The Rector then was Canon J R Park.

Comment by: Garry on 16th September 2016 at 13:14

Sam h you've lost me with that sort of question??

Comment by: Sam h on 16th September 2016 at 13:46

Garry ,sorry if I have lost you then let me explain not everyone are from the wigan borough on ww,I was simply stating some people on there initial photos with information don't always state where it is,likewise above.

Comment by: Vb on 16th September 2016 at 14:23

I think Sam is asking a feasible question - if the name of the church isn't mentioned! If you don't ask -how do you find out! Not everyone knows the interior of the church. By the way it looks very decorative and colourful and a truly historic building that has escaped the fate of many others of its kind.

Comment by: Garry on 16th September 2016 at 18:28

Oh I see!

Comment by: Andrew on 16th September 2016 at 19:02

Super to see this - thank you. Unfortunately I was working so didn't get to see it. It's 50 years since it was last on display! I'll be pushing up daisies if it's another 50!!
Unfortunately the church isn't from the 1100's - it's a Victorian design by Edward Paley that is said to be faithful to the previous building on the site. The Walmesley Chapel was saved from the rebuild. The oldest part of the building is now the tower - parts of which are 15thC.
Bishop Bridgeman (as in Bridgeman Terrace)was commissioned by the King to acquire the tapestries. I think he bought 7, one of which was given to Chester Cathedral, one to Manchester Collegiate Church (now the cathedral) and one to Wigan.

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