Photo-a-Day (Monday, 2nd August, 2021)
Photo: Dennis Seddon (Sony DSC-WX500)
Thankfully Wigan & Leigh College got the go ahead to take over the running of this building, and I'm sure they shall make it a success by combining it within the college campus as a training centre for future NHS health workers this September. See page 3 of the College Times. Link below:
Dennis, I do know a lot of folks still call it The Gas Showrooms even though I'd imagine it being nearly thirty years since it was, but who remembers it being The Civic Buildings before the showrooms, now it has gone back to being The Rushton Buildings. 121 years and standing strong (hopefully the council will keep their mitts of it) and shall still be standing strong when the Tin Shed that's behind has long rusted away.
Some old fashioned Wiganers stuck in the past will probably call this building Rushtons
Being ' small minded ' this stylish red brick building is very Wigan to me.........
Thats the clock of Wigan Grammar showing on the background & didn't Pendelburys move into this building for a while after the store caught fire in Standishgate ?
Good pic Dennis.
Better shot to prove the bus stop is nowhere near the junction.An old building spoiled by the new section greenhouse would have thought they could have blended it to the brick work
121 years and still standing and no sign of decay. It's safe to say the Lego buildings won't last that long. The coaches pick up further down the road these days at the side of the Linacre building grounds.
lovely building in terracotta brick like many other valued Wigan buildings, it will soon be facing a huge block of flats if the clowncil get their way.
....and whilst we're at it Mick, what about those old fashioned Athenians stuck in the past - still calling those ruins the Parthenon and Acropolis! Perhaps they should stick something like 'Albert's' on the side of them and forget all the thousands of years' history.
Old fashioned or not, we can't forget the past, even if we wanted to, which most people don't.
A beautiful building showing the proud heritage of Wigan. Thanks Dennis for this photograph.
Being one of Mick's "old fashioned Wiganers stuck in the past" I think this is a lovely building but I have never thought of it as Rushton's. It will always be The Gas Showrooms to me as it will to thousands of Wiganers who waited there for coaches to take them on holiday or just a night out in another town.
The photo still shows the bus stop is close to the junction.
Parthenon and Acropolis haven't been taken over so they dont need a name change.
The clock is always wrong, try walking in Wigan park and you can go back in time, depending on which way your walking.
Plenty of decay, a leaky roof and draughty windows.
Brilliant picture Dennis, Gas Showrooms it is.
Helen of Troy, i'm surprised Mick hasn't pulled you up about being 'old fashioned', lol.
That isn't the Wigan Grammar School clock anymore, it's the Thomas Linacre Outpatient Centre clock !!!
But, to the majority of Wigan folk it always will retain its original name.
“There’s decay everywhere
The roofs leaking
There’s a drought through the window
The clock’s wrong in the Park
And the bl—dy bus stop is in the wrong place.
I should have stayed in Shangri-La Shevington.
Sometimes it’s just not worth getting out of bed!”
Signed. Your ever happy commentator
Helen of Troy, It was occupied by Pendlebury's between their Standishgate store burning down in 1953 and the rebuilt one (Now Wilko) opening in 1957.
As I've said before Mick would you and the parish council up in Shangri- La like the Lego buildings in your neck of the woods? Think not if it is so wonderful to live there.
Looking out of your bedroom window and all of a sudden a Lego building thrown up blotting your magnificent view. I would say the parish council old be up in arms and electing a new patroller at the gates.
Cyril, I remember the Civic Buildings. I worked for Wigan School Meals Service and our office was in this building. During school holidays all school meals employees had to go there to collect their wages (retainers). This was of course before the days of having your wages paid directly into the bank.
Bradshaws Girl, that's how I remember it being the Civic Buildings as I went along to there with my friend and his mother, she went in to see someone about his father who was a school meals van driver at the time, it may well have been during the holidays too.
PeterP, you're right about the greenhouse not blending in, they demolished a very nice contrasting building so they could put that on the end, there's a photo of the building on the Album, link below, wonder if there was residences above the shops, I remember one being a ladies hairdressers and the other an insurance brokers and a driving school.
A lovely red-bricked building,I always call it the Gas showrooms, but my Mum always called it Rushton's.
Good photo Dennis, they don't build them like this anymore. By the way everyone, what's wrong with being old fashiond??