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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 19th December, 2022)


Rear of Coops building.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: PeterP on 19th December 2022 at 06:12

When I 1st met my wife she worked in this building as a sewing machinist about 1971-77. She made waistcoats for Dunn&Co.. She made me a burgundy red waistcoat. Looking at the building from the rear it makes you realise how imposing it is. I presume most of the building in still in use though the sewing rooms went a long time ago.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 19th December 2022 at 07:52

That is one huge mill building !
What is it these days, flats....or should I say apartments ?

Comment by: LizzieLocket on 19th December 2022 at 08:39

I worked for BT Dorning Street for many years and my window overlooked the front of Coops building, I never realised it had sides! it's amazing. You really can 'Learn something new everday'

Comment by: irene robertsI on 19th December 2022 at 08:55

I had no idea this place was so big! All my life I have thought Coops was just the single building that you pass on the bus just before it turns right towards the bus station. You live and learn!

Comment by: Pat McC on 19th December 2022 at 09:10

What an impressive building. Like you, Irene, I thought it was just the one building. Very striking.

Comment by: Abram Alice on 19th December 2022 at 09:53

My sister worked at Coops for many years, I've seen the front view many times but never one from the back.

Comment by: Joan on 19th December 2022 at 10:01

Mick you sure do get around, weve had one of yours when you sneaked into that old rugby players pub, then the grotto which I didn't know existed and now the rear view of this old Wigan sewing factory.

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 19th December 2022 at 10:17

Hey up ....Yes 'Joan' . He really is super isn't he .

Comment by: Cyril on 19th December 2022 at 13:45

It may be quite different inside, but looking from here a prison comes to mind.

Comment by: DTease on 19th December 2022 at 13:52

I think ‘Joan’ gets around just as much as Mick does!

Comment by: Derek Platt on 19th December 2022 at 16:35

What a great building {for a window cleaner}. Can somebody tell me where it is.

Comment by: Linma on 19th December 2022 at 17:45

I worked at the printers next door and like so many of you never realised it went so far back. I wonder how many machinists worked there.

Comment by: Veronica on 19th December 2022 at 17:52

I wonder if they go tandem…
The building looks like a prison around the back..

Comment by: Owd Reekie on 19th December 2022 at 18:00

Is this building currently in use and if so then what for? An amazing structure!

Comment by: DTease on 19th December 2022 at 19:02

Veronica, I don't think they have any other option but to go tandem.

Comment by: Cyril on 19th December 2022 at 19:43

Owd Reekie a web search reveals all. see links.

There's accomodation for young people there, and there are some good outcomes for young people too.


There are also substance misuse clinics. https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/services/wigan-leigh-wigan/

Comment by: Rev David Long on 19th December 2022 at 20:22

The right hand wing is 'Coops Foyer' - providing accommodation and training principally for care leavers and other homeless youth. The centre block is office accommodation, mainly for charitable organisations, and the left wing is apartments. I've not had anything to do with it for some years now, but I was proud to be on the Board of Grosvenor Housing when we sank millions of pounds into saving and converting the building - and providing the Foyer accommodation.. The cast iron supports for the floors of each level are still there inside - and presented quite a problem when trying to create living spaces.

Comment by: Beryl on 19th December 2022 at 20:26

My mother started work here when she was 14. It would have been about 1941 ish

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 19th December 2022 at 22:56

Derek Platt the building is in Wigan I take it you're not familiar with the town?

Comment by: Florence. on 20th December 2022 at 15:54

My brother also worked there in the middle forties going through the trade and they used to make Austin Reed garments they were expensive good quality material... It was for him an enjoyable time. The mill is right near Uncle Joes mintball buildings.

Comment by: PeterP on 21st December 2022 at 08:11

Derek if you walk down hill from the top of Wigan town centre towards the railway stations. Take your right turn at the side of Wigan Wallgate Station which is King Street West.go to the junction of Dorning Street the Coops Building is facing you

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