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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 5th July, 2018)

All Saints Mens Institute

All Saints Mens Institute
I have gone past the street where this building is literally 1000s of times and never realised it was there, it's in Spring Gardens , Frog Lane.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Apple iPad)
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Comment by: irene roberts on 5th July 2018 at 08:13

I never knew it was there either!

Comment by: Johnny on 5th July 2018 at 08:49

Usually there's a date embossed on the building when it was built.
Does anyone know?

Comment by: Veronica on 5th July 2018 at 08:52

It's a rather grand building full of character and a modern look about it as well. i wonder what it's used for these days......

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 5th July 2018 at 10:00

Johnny, a memorial stone was laid in the new building on 27th January 1909.

Comment by: terry seddon on 5th July 2018 at 10:43

it appears wigan council have forgotten it also

Comment by: nephro on 5th July 2018 at 11:49

It was our CLB headquarters in the 1950,s for Wigan Parish Church and then it was sold to Walmsleys to be used as their welfare club/institution. It looks as though it,s been made into flats now doesn,t it ?

Comment by: Cyril on 5th July 2018 at 15:43

It was also used as an annex for Wigan & Leigh College.

Comment by: Rosie G on 5th July 2018 at 16:40

It looks a lovely building, I'm glad it's being used and not left to rot like a lot of them have been.

Comment by: Cliff Hepworth on 5th July 2018 at 17:59

I remember going to CLB band practice,fromST Marys ince,and thought that it was at the back of what became the Tudor?or was it something to do with the Bluecoats hall.

Comment by: Spenian on 5th July 2018 at 18:51

I remember it well, my Grandparents used to live at No20 Spring Gardens so on school holidays we used to mooch around the building and even climb the fire exit stairs around the back. Used to play wallie or wally on the wall at the side.Used to climb over that little wall on the side where there are flats now, A teacher many years ago was looking through the window upstairs and saw me and my Grandad playing an old school yard game, where you try and knock a stone out of a circle, he came down and knocked on the gate to ask what it was we were playing, we played that for years and I could never beat my Grandad.

Comment by: Johnny on 6th July 2018 at 08:31

Thanks Tom for that info!

Comment by: John Baxter on 9th January 2021 at 13:09

It was an annexe for the Tech Cllge. I went there 1970-1

Comment by: Michael Loveridge on 10th October 2023 at 18:17

Hi John, was this what we used to call Spring Gardens Annex? I did my A levels at Wigan Tech 1970 - 72, and I recall that some of the lectures were in a Victorian building that looked very much like this.

I don't recall your name (or, indeed, most of my other fellow students) but a few names that do come to mind are Jim Topping, Sue McClune, Anne Smith, Pat Warburton, Cath Lancaster, Alison Large, Jane Edwards (funny how I can remember all the female students, and very few of the male ones!)

I did Economics, and there was a lecturer called Mr Esberger (sp?). They were very happy days, so if any of these names mean anything it would be great to know what happened to them. My email address is michael@loveridgelaw.co.uk

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