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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 29th March, 2018)

The Monument

The Monument
Wigan Lane.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
Views: 2,101

Comment by: Veronica on 29th March 2018 at 00:09

There's going to be more Monuments in Wigan than soft mick - what with the Pitman's family,Billy Boston, Dave Whelan, the Face that launched a thousand quips and George Formby in the Grand Arcade - un t' mon in't park wit' stone belly! Can't keep up with 'um.

Comment by: Roy on 29th March 2018 at 00:43

Nice pic Mick, especially of the 'flats / apartments'. Don't know when they were built but they were there in 1949 when I travelled from Standish to Swinley to go to St Michaels.

Comment by: Alan lad on 29th March 2018 at 06:23

I bet most people notice the building behind rather than the Monument .

Comment by: Barrie on 29th March 2018 at 09:35

Like Roy, I used to catch the bus to Standish from there after school at St.Michaels 1950-56.I can still see the bus stop in the photo. On the corner of the block used to be a small bakery where one penny loaves used to be made. They were good whilst waiting for the bus home.Northern Counties just up the road from there so used to see some of the buses outside before being tested and delivered to all parts of the UK.

Comment by: John D on 29th March 2018 at 10:16

The building is actually called Monument Mansions.

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th March 2018 at 10:33

I like the period building.....1930s?

Comment by: A.W. on 29th March 2018 at 10:54

A very good picture, I could almost expect Hercule Poirot to appear at a window in the building at the back!

Comment by: Mick on 29th March 2018 at 11:12

You can bet when they where building this lovely modern block of flats, there would have been Wiganers should there complaining about it being carribeanuncle

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 29th March 2018 at 12:37

I would agree with you Irene, the 1930s buildings had that certain style, as seen in the photo

Comment by: Cyril on 29th March 2018 at 13:53

Tyldesley Monument. Erected 1679 to commemorate the death of Sir Thomas Tyldesley who was killed during the Battle of Wigan Lane in 1651. The monument was taken down to be restored, moved and rebuilt at its present spot in April 1886, the restoration included a new plaques that modernised the spelling of the originals.

The monument was restored again along with new railings and a light by Wigan Civic Trust in 1992.

Comment by: DerekB on 29th March 2018 at 14:29

These were built in 1938. I remember some long gone relatives telling me about renting one of these when they were brand new and whilst waiting completion of their new house on Broomhey Ave in Greenhill in 1938

Comment by: Janette on 29th March 2018 at 15:51

What's a 'Carribeanuncle' ? Some relative from Jamaica or Cuba???

Comment by: Sonia on 29th March 2018 at 15:53

A nice art deco building.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 29th March 2018 at 17:13

Don't know the monument, but is it just up the lane from the Bowling Green Pub. "Pubs I remember".

Comment by: Sam h on 30th March 2018 at 11:21

Sir Thomas tyldesley is buried with his family in Leigh parish church ,he lived in a Manor House in astley ,but originated from woodplumpton.

Comment by: Kenee on 31st March 2018 at 14:54

Yes Derek that's exactly where it is.

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