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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 16th December, 2023)

Municipal Buildings


Municipal Buildings
Built in 1900 by Bradshaw and Gass of Bolton, for the Royal London Friendly Society.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone)
Views: 1,611

Comment by: PeterP on 16th December 2023 at 07:20

If these buildings are maintained then they should last for another 100 years. Hope the driver of the Nissan did not get a ticket for having the front of the car and front wheels on double yellow lines with loading/unloading restrictions (Yellow kerb markings).

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 16th December 2023 at 07:32

You can moan about the Victorians/Edwardians all you like but you can't deny they put some style in their architecture.
A great photo Brian & an amazing building.

Comment by: Peter Walsh on 16th December 2023 at 08:24

Thanks Brian, for this professional photograph of, in my opinion, Wigan's finest, most ornate building.

Comment by: Garry on 16th December 2023 at 09:20

The buildings look great and will never go out of fashion.
PeterP I hope he DID get a ticket, more and more drivers couldn't careless about the law.

Comment by: Arthur on 16th December 2023 at 09:28

PeterP why do you not want a Law breaker to get caught??
Their is too much ban drivers about flouting the Law.
More traffic wardens for me.
Great photo of a great building.
Thanks Brian.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th December 2023 at 10:01

Briefly. Just wondering if the barrier is an early but subtle warning sign that this magnificent building’s days are numbered. If there is any masonry ready to fall on the unsuspecting public it’s not much use is it? Why is it prominent? I have scrutinised it to the best of my ability but can’t see anything untoward.
I’m sure the knowledgeable will advise. Plus I haven’t been to Wigan for quite a few weeks this is why I look on here every day. Thank you very much for the photo Brian.
Apologies if I ‘sound’ like I’m on ‘ Question Time’. If One doesn’t ask how will One know what is going on.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 16th December 2023 at 11:04

Thanks Brian, I was in Wigan probably the same day and took a similar shot of this splendid example of late Victorian skill, design and architecture in terracotta of which Wigan has many examples.
I remember the Cupola at the very top which was also in terracotta, I think it was removed in the 70's perhaps as being unsafe and too costly to repair.
The modern dome now adorning the top consist of open slats which you can see through from a distance probably in black metal is a recent addition. Better than nothing, the building looked stunted and decapitated without a dome as does the Moot Hall Chambers building on the corner of Wallgate and Market Place opposite the top of Library Street.

Comment by: Mandy on 16th December 2023 at 11:07

Love the photo and the beautiful building thank you so much Brian.
I think I'm going to enjoy Wigan World and Photo a Day.

Comment by: Mandy on 16th December 2023 at 11:35

Colin, you described the building and memories perfectly.
Could it be possible for the red brick to be called Accrington.
I've read or heard that Accrington bricks are very hard and never detearate.

Comment by: Mandy on 16th December 2023 at 11:39

Deteriorate. Sorry Colin.

Comment by: Wiganer on 16th December 2023 at 11:42

Another great photo Brian once again. Wigan is still blessed with some iconic buildings.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 16th December 2023 at 14:10

Hi Mandy, you will enjoy WW, the pictures and comments are informative and sometimes entertaining. Occasionally moans and grumps but that’s the diversity of life!
Most of the building is faced in terracotta but the base is in similar faced brick. Could be Accrington but I am unsure about this.

Comment by: Mark on 16th December 2023 at 15:51

Mandy, if you want to join in on PAD you’re going to have to learn better manners than you did on yesterday’s PAD , that was atrocious for a female.

Comment by: Mandy on 16th December 2023 at 16:38

Well Mark that depends on the approach from other people and dont forget, it's a matter of opinion on this site.

Comment by: Arthur on 16th December 2023 at 18:04

Well said Mandy.

Comment by: Mark on 16th December 2023 at 19:31

Mandy , that’s a rubbish excuse and you know it, please remember my words.

Comment by: Jembo on 16th December 2023 at 20:56

It does look good but most of the original building was demolished and they just kept the facade. Inside is the new Life Centre and Library.

Comment by: Mark on 16th December 2023 at 21:53

What approach is she talking about,Veronica and Maureen were discussing their footwear ( trainers because of bunions) when she came in with the rude comments, so who approached who. The discussion was nothing to do with her, she likes trouble end of.

Comment by: Mandy on 16th December 2023 at 22:22

Thank you Colin.x

Comment by: Veronica on 16th December 2023 at 22:31

Glad you noticed Mark…
Ignorance personified.

Comment by: Mandy on 17th December 2023 at 10:03

Mark.... no I won't remember your words, why should I.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th December 2023 at 11:14

Mark a certain person went off with a flea in her ear… and has probably come back under another pseudonym - so easy to do on here.

Comment by: Alan on 17th December 2023 at 19:20

George Orwell was a Pseudonym, his real name was Ian Blair.

Comment by: Pw on 22nd December 2023 at 13:19

His real name was Eric Arthur Blair.

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