Photo-a-Day (Thursday, 28th December, 2017)
Photo: Brian (iPhone 6)
My husband worked there in the 1970s when it was John Barnes & Co. Ltd. He worked in the warehouse behind the building and the office was housed on the ground floor of 118. It was a very tall building and the top storeys were occupied flats. It was an historic building.
Those old buildings on Wigan Lane / Standishgate used to fascinate me as a child. I recall the trees as well lining the pavements and overhanging the road - especially on the way to the Infirmary. What a pity the building couldn't have been preserved to show how people lived in the past especially on that stretch of road. It would have been better than any museum. As always it's all about cost.
Sadly it is the fate of many of Wigan's older buildings, they fall down or are destroyed and replaced with monstrosities.
Wigan was built on the cheap (unlike Bolton,Blackburn and Burnley) so these old buildings should be allowed to fall down when they get to expensive to maintain.
Goodbye old Wigan! We who loved you are sorry,
They're carting you off by developer's lorry.
Apologies to Betjeman.
Mick what a stupid comment,I lived in Bolton for 12years before I returned to Wigan . There are as many cheap and rundown buildings in Bolton ,believe you me.
I agree with Bod,what stupid comments by Mick.Bolton used to be a good town centre but with the exception of Le Mans Crescent it's a shabby mess.Veronica is right,loads of historic buildings have been demolished in Wigan.
There is a house in the Wigan Metro which is still being lived in today,and was built in 1345,which is not far off a mile to this one.
Can you post a picture of the 1345 house ? I certainly don't remember one that old.
Houses of that age and beyond (1345) are 'prized' in York near the Minster- they are called 'The Shambles' people come far and wide to see them!
Alan,put Peel Hall in Google search,and all will be revealed.