Photo-a-Day (Saturday, 24th June, 2023)
I don't remember this building.What is it?
Another really fine building bites the dust. Just look at the design of the brickwork and architecture.
That building would stand so proud in any Town or City.
Sad end to once a thriving pub that so many people enjoyed.
Why as it come to this?
Looks like the place has plenty rooms, I suppose it can be turn in to a hostel for the homeless.
What a fantastic building distroyed and unloved.
With WMC's track record it will be left till it ''is a dangerous state'' and then probably demolished for public safety. What a state of affairs..........
Maybe someone knows who owns the building
Nice pic David, I've heard that weatherspoons have bought the building I'm hoping it's true as Wigan have lost so much heritage lately.
I passed this building most days for a number of years when I used to pick my grandchildren up from school, and used to imagine the silent, empty rooms inside. Why let these beautiful ornate buildings rot and build new ones that look as if a child has built them out of Lego? So very sad.
Not Famous anymore, sadly.
Was planned to be a retail unit down stairs and flats upstairs in 2016
structural detail is superb, but sadly not very adaptable to modern needs, in the rich south this building would be preserved
Its to far gone, what it needs now is for it to be knocked down and then build some nice new terraced house that blend in with the surrounding area,
Don't forget its got a big bowling green so their is plenty of land
Just imagine how many thousands of different people have been in that pub. How many different stories have been told behind those walls? I find old public buildings fascinating with all the secrets and lies that have gone on in there, never to be revealed again by those bars and beer stained floors.
Agh well back to reality, this is the 21st century if it's not making money, pull it down and replace it with cheap rubbish that can be pulled down again in 20 years time.
Wigan, like a lot of this country is losing its identity.
One more thing when did the Pagefield become the Famous Pagefield?
So many buildings like this and so many homeless - it’s doesn’t add up!
So sad to see this building left to deteriorate, it has loads of character as can be seen with the exterior features of terracotta stock brick and finely carved and detailed York stone, this character also carried on into the interior with Renaissance styled tiled walls and ornate plaster ceilings. Many years I did frequent this pub on many occasions and remember it being a good pub. But why demolish it only to replace it with plain Lego boxlike buildings that you see in Shevington or Standish, and which will stand out like a sore thumb in this area, surely if not now not a pub then why not converted into apartments. It was built in 1902 by Magee Marshall to replace an older plain brick built pub of the same name, there is information about it and photos at Wigan Buildings: https://www.wiganbuildings.co.uk/building.php?id=471
How the pub got 'Famous' put in the name: https://whatpub.com/pubs/LAS/1795/famous-pagefield-wigan
These lot got into the boarded up building at night and filmed the interior https://youtu.be/i_aMbxrMb3E
as can be seen vandalism is extensive in every room and with dampness, due most likely to the vandalism of the plumbing fixtures and/or theft of the copper pipes, are causing those ornate ceilings to fall down and I can't see that they and the other damaged beyond repair fixtures shall ever be replaced
My husband used to sing with Wigan G & S, and they held their weekly rehearsals at the Pagfield - so sad to see such an impressive building, and what was a busy pub which contributed greatly to the social life of the area, being left in disrepair.
Developers come from far and wide ,
From Timbuktu and such ,
But profits is all they think about ,
the more , the more , the …..?
Greed we know , greed we have ,
but both ignore emotion,
for profit man will come again ,
however deep we bleed!