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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 29th October, 2021)

Another quirky building

Another quirky building
Alliance Chambers - squeezed between King Street West and Clarence Yard

Photo: David Long  (Sony DSC-RX10M3)
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Comment by: Mick on 29th October 2021 at 05:53

The owners of the Alliance Chambers need to call Safestyle and get some new windows and doors, they might not know that if you Buy one you get one Free.
I always see plenty of broken glass and undesirables up in Clarence yard and Bumder road when Im out on patrol.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 29th October 2021 at 07:31

We have a very similar building in nearby Cromer but its in better condition than this one & in use. Definately quirky David !

Comment by: DTease on 29th October 2021 at 09:01

Delightful town centre residence with three floors of ample accommodation and a small roof garden.
In need of a little TLC. Offers.

Comment by: Tom on 29th October 2021 at 09:13

I'm with Mick on this one, there's always wrong'uns about around there. The area needs a good tidying up

Comment by: Veronica on 29th October 2021 at 09:38

Was it only the Victorians who would come up with the idea of slotting buildings into available spaces such as these I wonder. Mathematical minds or what ?! Curious but beautiful either way. Shame nothing is being done with it. Apartments instead of building more in a new development could be the answer.

Comment by: Syd Smith on 29th October 2021 at 13:02

Well Ive just learned something, I never knew the little alley way that wraps around the old Princes cinemas is named Bumder Road
Have a look at one of the Google maps if you don't believe me.

Comment by: Maureen on 29th October 2021 at 13:08

Neither did I Syd...and I grew up just further down the road.

Comment by: Olive on 29th October 2021 at 15:10

the mind boggles as to why men would want to hang around in or even go to an enclosed road named Bumder

Comment by: John G on 29th October 2021 at 16:49

Olive: I’am with you, the mind boggles!

Comment by: Mick on 29th October 2021 at 17:13

I think if I was in charge of sorting Wigan out, I would knock down the old Princes cinema and do up all the building in Bumber road.
Then landscape the land into gardens that people could relax in, one of the entrances to Bumber gardens could be down the old bank chambers.

Comment by: John G on 29th October 2021 at 18:09

Mick: I think you’ve missed pronounced the alley name that Syd said.
You are calling it bumber, Syd said it was bumder.
It has a different connotations, just thought I best tell you, don’t want you making a Bummer.

Comment by: Phil Taylor on 29th October 2021 at 18:30

It's NOT called Bumder Rd, don't believe everything you read on the internet!

Comment by: Cyril on 29th October 2021 at 19:49

That corner of Wigan town centre seems to have quickly become run down as of late. Alliance Chambers is a very handsome building with stone work and nice terracotta mouldings, such a shame for it to be left to deteriorate. I can't recall the name of the business which operated from there, there seems to have once been a name plate on the wall at the right side of the door with just the wood remaining.

Comment by: John G on 29th October 2021 at 20:38

Phil Taylor: Can I just bring your attention to Syd Smiths post, if you have a different name please let us all know.

Comment by: Cyril on 30th October 2021 at 00:36

Bumder Road isn't listed on the councils roads and streets lists, but there are a some Butts in Leigh though, BUTTS AVENUE, BUTTS COURT, and BUTTS STREET. https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Docs/PDF/Resident/Parking-Roads-Travel/Adopted-streets-list.pdf

Comment by: freddie on 30th October 2021 at 12:40

The building erected by the late AL Gibson West ward house is a disgrace when compared to its neighbours

Comment by: Pw on 30th October 2021 at 13:18

There are some Hardybutts in Wigan.

Comment by: Veronica on 30th October 2021 at 14:23

There's only one Hardybutts Pw but that is split in half, it was one long curving road from Warrington Lane to Birkett Bank.
I believe long, long ago Archery was practiced there - hence the name if I am not mistaken.
( ' From the corners of my mind')
Somebody will correct me if it's wrong

Comment by: Rev David Long on 30th October 2021 at 14:37

freddie - the adjoining building isn't in much better condition - the ground floor shops are occupied, but the upper stories look empty and neglected.

Comment by: Phil Taylor on 3rd November 2021 at 11:23

John G, have a look now, like I said don't believe everything on the internet!

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