Photo-a-Day (Saturday, 27th May, 2017)
What a treat to be able to go inside and look around at the past come back to life. Beautiful carvings on the staircase and door and the tiled floor with what looks like heraldic coat of arms in the pattern. Is it a private house?
I remember going in there about 40 years ago to a small exhibition of documents and historical items related to the parish; I seem to recall a good Wigan Longcase clock being in the hall.
Pardon my ignorance, where is it?.
Jack, it's in the entrance of the building on the previous photo to this one, (May 26th p-a-d), and it tells you where it is in the comments on that photo.
Jack, it's on Frog Lane opposite the bus station.
Veronica, It's where the sports firm belonging to Phil Clarke and his brother is based.
It's the old Wigan Rectory belonging to Wigan Parish Church. Or was.
Jack, look at yesterday's P-a-D.
Thankyou Marie. I used to live a few doors away from a Phil Clarke in Hardybutts Scholes.... I wonder if it is the same person. This would be 1968 to 1970 he would be late 50's very early 60's I would think.
Thanks Irene and Marie.I walked passed there to and from work for 6 years in the 60s.I always knew it as The Rectory.Perhaps I need to get out more. Thanks again.
Thanks also to Garry.
We used to have lessons on the lawn in front of this building from the Blue Coat Infants School,together with confirmation lessons in this building.Some time in the late forties. Remember Mr Cowan's office built into the gatehouse.
Rector Malcolm Forrest delighted in that his Rectory's postal address was The Hall, Wigan, Lancs.. He wasn't happy when compelled to add a postcode to it - even if it was the far-from-ordinary WN1 1HN.
Jack, it was the Rectory for the Parish Church
Fabulous floor - will there be more photos?
The floor looks rather freemasonic to me. I wonder what goes on behind closed doors here that the public arent privy to.
The Hall was built in 1875 by the then Rector, Orlando Bridgeman. The shield visible shows his family's Coat of Arms.