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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 11th December, 2023)

Makinson Arcade


Makinson Arcade
Constructed in 1898.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone)
Views: 1,428

Comment by: PeterP on 11th December 2023 at 05:18

This building has outlasted a lot of the modern buildings. It is more pleasing to the eye than the concrete blocks of the 60's (1960's)

Comment by: Veronica on 11th December 2023 at 07:06

That is what you would call true ‘class’ . Craftsmanship at its best. The window and the facade ..treasures like this dotted here and there and others gone for good. Others still (buildings) hidden and rotting away…

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 11th December 2023 at 07:14

Isn't that just a wonderful facade. Walked through there many times.
To me thats the real Wigan, thanks Brian !

Comment by: Garry on 11th December 2023 at 08:36

Another beautiful design building.
Let hope it remains untouched by the development people at Wigan Council.

Comment by: Arthur on 11th December 2023 at 08:41

Well the grand old building was certainly made to last and still looks great. Will the Grand Arcade be around so long.

Comment by: Peter Walsh on 11th December 2023 at 08:42

Good photo Brian of a beautiful Wigan building. How about one of The Royal London Friendly Society building on the corner of Hewlet Street and Library Street , it is similar, but far more detailed and I think the best in town.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 11th December 2023 at 11:05

Brian's picture is truly a beautiful facade to the entrance of the towns best loved arcades, in the summer slightly obscured by the trees.
Peter, I have many recent photographs of Wigan's finest buildings but strangely enough not of The London Friendly building, perhaps there was a double Decker bus in front whilst I was there! I think the building you refer to used to have a magnificent dome on the top, now replaced with a more modern structure.
However I do have a splendid photograph of the Prudential Assurance Building a little further up Library Street taken from Barrack Square. The incredible detail of terracotta facade designed in a eclectic mix of styles is marvellous.
Brian has helped my out before perhaps he will do this again if I send it too him?

Comment by: Meg on 11th December 2023 at 13:56

The building which breaks my heart to see each time I pass, is the lovely Georgian house on Millgate which has been left to slowly rot away. Shame on the owners.

Comment by: Gareth Cheetham on 11th December 2023 at 14:39

Peter Walsh- was the building you refer to built at the same time as the old Tech/Town Hall next door. They're both very impressive buildings. Similarly to the Pagefield and Springfield Arms pubs...

Comment by: Peter Walsh on 11th December 2023 at 15:24

Colin, the arched entrance to the Royal London on Hewlet Street is well worth capturing plus the surrounding detail. My mistake was to try and get the whole building into the frame. Also I think photo a day is too short lived for these historic buildings and the album would give far more time for comments, which these buildings deserve. They may not be old photographs, but they are old treasured Wigan buildings.

Comment by: e on 11th December 2023 at 23:05

I'm better now I've seen you
and then again with snow ,
I know that I have met you ,
but it seems so long ago
Time we never notice
we catch up when we can
the train seems moving faster
too fast for who I am
but some things make you better
they help you leave the train
and watch it in the distance
as I play you in my brain ..

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