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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 6th May, 2024)

The Gatehouse

The Gatehouse
Frog Lane looking towards New Market Street.
The building on the left is the gatehouse to Wigan Hall.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Veronica on 6th May 2024 at 07:00

The remnants of what was…I have never noticed the gigantic chimney’s before on the row of houses. It must be decades since smoke found a way out of them.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 6th May 2024 at 09:14

I have a choice of three buses to bring me home from Wigan, and if I catch the 320 St. Helens bus it leaves the bus-station where the blue signposts are and you get a brilliant view of the hall itself up on an elevated position behind the building shown. As I have mentioned before, I remember Canon Forrest who lived there, and his lovely dog which he had taken in and cared for when it had been abandoned outside his home. I too love those chimneys!

Comment by: T. D. on 6th May 2024 at 09:21

Good photo of the gatehouse Dennis. I did hear that sometimes the aroma from the nearby mint ball factory drifts over that area. Hope you got a pleasant wiff, rather than the waft of secondhand marijuana smoke. Apparently it's all over town these days, and poor innocent Wigan folk who are forced to endure it say... "it stinks!"

Comment by: Vic on 6th May 2024 at 09:26

The chimneys to the block of houses to the right have given up smoke too.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 6th May 2024 at 09:35

This looks like the Wigan
I remember.
I understand my father went to school in Frog Lane, many moons ago.
Good photo Dennis.

Comment by: Veronica on 6th May 2024 at 10:18

I think you’ve done very well there Dennis just getting the ‘old’ in view.
(By gum! ‘Vic’ that must have taken some
thinking about..!) Actually your ‘‘block of houses’’ to the right after the row of houses with the gigantic chimney’s is or was a pub, closed now. A previous PAD shows it was a small ‘convent’ at one time if I’m correct.

Comment by: Meg on 6th May 2024 at 10:58

Great photo Dennis. It just shows what can be done with our lovely old buildings instead of them being left to rot.

Comment by: Cyril on 6th May 2024 at 11:13

A different view of the lane Dennis.
There was an interesting discussion on the site about the gatehouse by someone who's relations once lived there, apparently the folks lived in one side and slept in the other. I've looked for the discussion thread, but cannot find it so I'm wondering if it was on one of the defunct Forum threads.

Comment by: Roylew on 6th May 2024 at 12:12

I think the rugby player Phil Clarke had something to do with all the restoration

Comment by: Maureen on 6th May 2024 at 14:47

Yes Roylew,he bought it to be the headquarters of his business.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 6th May 2024 at 15:54

Cyril, you said "A different view of the lane Dennis." However, that's a view of 'the street' (New Market Street)

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 6th May 2024 at 17:58

As Dennis states as he is stood in the Lane, looking towards New Market Street from FROG LANE.

Comment by: Cyril on 6th May 2024 at 17:59

So what's ruffled your feathers George de Hindley. My comment was not about 'the street' being New Market Street, if it was I would have said so - my comment was about the different view of 'The Lane' being the top part of Frog Lane and the rectory gatehouse.
It seems that today has been your day for nitpicking as you've had a nitpick on others comments today, I see. Just saying.

Comment by: Ex Speed Cop on 6th May 2024 at 18:14

Phil Clark and his brother and Ian Lenegan

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 6th May 2024 at 19:28

The photo looks to have been taken from Frog Lane, but “the view” is of New Market Street.

Comment by: Cyril on 7th May 2024 at 15:59

Whatever, George Hindley, if it makes you happy for you to have a daily whinge about this or other concerning something totally useless, then so be it, actually "am I bothered." No!
Plus my initial comment of "a different view of the lane," as concerns my looking at the left of the photo of Frog Lane and the Gatehouse, is correct!

Comment by: John Noakes on 8th May 2024 at 11:33

George seems to be correct, Cyril.
Heritage Category: Listed Building
Grade: II
List Entry Number: 1384502
Date first listed: 10-Jul-1983


Comment by: Cyril on 8th May 2024 at 15:57

Well, I'm not afraid to hold up my hands and say I was in error if that is the case, though with George Hindley and yourself too for that matter, always being so stupidly pedantic when reading what folks may have just casually wrote in their comments on here. You have to then, with smug grins, gleefully point out that they are in error - so tell me- just what is the point or the fun in posting comments.
Remember, as you sow, so shall you reap.
Goodbye all.


Comment by: Brian B on 9th May 2024 at 08:39

Cyril I remember a family living in the gatehouse just to the left and the room to the right was the churchwardens office. I think the family name was Caunce (not sure of spelling it was a long time ago).

Comment by: Cyril on 11th May 2024 at 08:30

Hello Brian, thanks for the input, and you almost right in the spelling, I think this photo (on the Album) in the link may jog your memory.


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