Photo-a-Day (Thursday, 27th February, 2020)
Photo: David Long (iPhone)
Who will want to ?
Pigeon on the roof, a sign of a warm attic.
The property on the left - two front doors for such a small place - strange.
They would have been good solid buildings at one time. Once the bricks are painted over in the middle of a row of terrace and plastic frontage added they start to look horrible...the signage adds to the mix, fast food lowers the tone. Yet the fish and chip shop of old in the middle of a row didn't somehow, perhaps because of the absence of garish signage. That's my opinion anyway. There would be a chance if the 'shops' were turned back into houses by good builders, houses made good for young people to purchase...?
Did that used to be Slaters shop back in the 60s?
jj - one door will have stairs up behind it. "Upper" flat and the other the "lower" flat.
Much of inner Tyneside was like this.
Probably has a shared back yard.
I agree with Veronica. When we go to Beamish or The Black Country Museum, the fish and chip shops, (up and running and queues a mile long!), are thirties-style with the proprietor's name and "Fish and Chips" done in beautiful but subdued lettering. The row on the photo doesn't look inviting and yet I have seen dreadful properties made beautiful on Homes Under The Hammer. But it takes time and money.
kATH - I think Slaters was the end one with the black shutters.
In the '60s, he had an old bus converted to a mobile shop, and used to visit UpHolland on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Sold excellent fresh fish.
I think he retired from this shop all around 1980/1981. At the time I was working in the Newtown area as a police officer, and a friend of his reported him missing. It turned out he had gone on a motorcycling holiday, and had been involved in an accident, and ended up in hospital with a broken leg. This may have prompted his retirement.
jj. The property on left is two separate flats. Each with own front door.
That's why there are two sale signs.
It's a wonderful place Beamish, time has just stood still, I could spend hours immersing myself in the atmosphere. Who knows Wigan itself could become another living museum when all he big stores have disappeared! Imagine knocking on doors and going inside people's houses ( for a small fee!)...;0) As if ...!
Good point Alan, who would want to ?
A project like this in London would be bought , restored and sold or rented within six months . In Wigan it will lie waiting for a developer who will then change it to something Wigan people don’t want . There
is not enough money coming into towns like Wigan to restore the places we value . The council have only two options , leave a building to die or hand it to a developer, hoping !
cheap side david
Get some help, Mick