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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 5th September, 2023)

St Joseph’s Caroline Street


St Joseph’s Caroline Street
Well, the statue is still there, but the rest of the building is now almost a total wreck.
What a crying shame.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 5th September 2023 at 10:02

Like you say Dennis a crying shame a typical sign of the times sadly,Dennis every time I read your name I recollect somebody that worked at Harvey’s Cale lane in the sixties that wouldn’t be you would it.?

Comment by: Veronica on 5th September 2023 at 10:03

It’s dreadful that this building is left to rot! Even St Joseph looks like he’s shaking his fist at the degradation of his earthly home! As if he’s saying “C’mon get something done here instead of leaving me standing on this plinth, surely another place could be found...nice to be back any road and a photo to shake things up!

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 5th September 2023 at 10:38

This old dangerous building should be knocked down before it falls on somebody.

Comment by: Edna on 5th September 2023 at 11:28

My grandma and grandad was married in this church, it's so sad to see it like this, I hope the statue is removed in one piece, it looks like the windows have been broken.. I've not been able to look at album or pad, for a couple of days. It kept saying there was a fault..Veronica I've text you this morning for help. xx

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 5th September 2023 at 12:00

What a shame about those beautiful windows....the windows on my ancient corner cupboard are like that....individual diamond panes rather than pieces of glass with lead "piped" on top, which is how the modern ones are made. A huge Thankyou to whoever sorted Wigan World out....I've missed everyone so much!

Comment by: e on 5th September 2023 at 12:08

The gift of my childhood
the prayers of my faith
the place of my worship
to keep
From the day I was baptised,
confessed and received
to the name I was handed
confirmed and still heed

Comment by: Maureen on 5th September 2023 at 12:11

I just love this church.. me and my hubby did have a look inside when the vandals had broken a lock , once again.. it is so sad , it’s stripped bare, the roof is missing and pigeons live there, the smell of ammonia from the droppings is overpowering.. I had to throw the trainers that I wore that visit were just thrown out… my life evolved around this church growing up, I just love it, mass every morning..benediction every evening..Sunday morning mass with either my grandma or my dad..I was also in the choir and no I wasn’t over religious I just love going through those doors , my grandparents were married there baptised and so were my own parents.. the only churches I’ve been in since are a couple in Yorkshire Barcelona and Portugal, but there’s none like St Joseph’s.

Comment by: Cyril on 5th September 2023 at 13:48

happy to find that wiganworld is back up and running again. The vandals must come into town to deliberately target this building and a great mess they've made of it too - would their parents be proud of what their children have done? It looks like they've even broken part of the staff off the statue, and probably the one who did it got cheered. Wonder what goes through their minds when they are vandalising such a beautiful building?

Comment by: Elizabeth on 5th September 2023 at 14:21

I can remember first going into this church in 1971 with my then boyfriend,(in the days when they were open all day)beautiful pink marble communion rail and life-size statues.x

Comment by: Syd Smith on 5th September 2023 at 14:56

Yes a big thanks to Brian for getting WW back on the internet.
Just found a video in Mick collection of this church.
https://youtu.be/tvp6s1otJ-Y?si=XVm6vky_gOusQGrj

Comment by: Pat McC on 5th September 2023 at 20:33

My husband's family went to St Joseph's and my husband attended junior school there. Mick, your throwaway comment "old dangerous building should be knocked down" completely ignores the fact that this was a church which spiritually supported hundreds of Wigan parishioners over the years. It is obviously in a derelict condition, but a bit of respect please?

Comment by: Farrie50 on 5th September 2023 at 23:07

I was baptised in this church, first confession, first communion and first school in the 50's.So sad to see how a beautiful building has been left to decay so much. Thanks to Brian for getting the site back.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 6th September 2023 at 05:14

Pat the people who own it haven't show any respect for this building, just because the local wallgaters stopped using it, the owners could have still kept in good repair.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th September 2023 at 07:45

The decline of St Joseph’s Church was because of the demolition of the housing nearby. People were moved on out of St Joseph’s parish that’s one answer for the empty pews. It was a very thriving parish as was St Pat’s up to the late sixties. The church would have belonged to the L’pool diocese I don’t know if it was sold on or not.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 6th September 2023 at 10:34

No John, I have never worked at Harvey’s.

Comment by: Pat McC on 6th September 2023 at 12:31

Thank you Mick. A lot of truth in that as well.

Comment by: Maureen on 18th October 2023 at 06:44

I just love this church.. me and my hubby did have a look inside when the vandals had broken a lock , once again.. it is so sad , it’s stripped bare, the roof is missing and pigeons live there, the smell of ammonia from the droppings is overpowering.. I had to throw the trainers that I wore that visit were just thrown out… my life evolved around this church growing up, I just love it, mass every morning..benediction every evening..Sunday morning mass with either my grandma or my dad..I was also in the choir and no I wasn’t over religious I just love going through those doors , my grandparents were married there baptised and so were my own parents.. the only churches I’ve been in since are a couple in Yorkshire Barcelona and Portugal, but there’s none like St Joseph’s.

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