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TOWN HALL   Views: 1791
Photo: Frank Orrell   Item #: 29846  

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  The King Street side of the old town hall building partly demolished in November 1998.
At the time it was stated that the 130 year old Grade 2 listed Victorian building was being preserved for posterity and a mixture of offices were to be built.

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Comments by . Ozymandias ., 30th October 2017  
And almost 20 years down the road, what do we have?, you've guessed it, a grade 2 listed car park. Brilliant., who'd have thought it? Not that I have a problem with car parks you understand, if you have a car that requires parking, then nothing fits the bill better than a car park. It's just that I wish the barstewards would tell the truth occasionally.

Comments by DTease, 31st October 2017  
Last time I went on that car park I nearly disappeared down the numerous potholes. How they have the cheek to charge people money for parking there is behind me.

Comments by DTease, 31st October 2017  
It should have read "Beyond me"
Why does my computer think it knows better than I do what I want to write? How do I take back control?

Comments by Alan, 31st October 2017  
Stop being a wise guy and look where you're driving.
The car park is great for Town shopping, I've had no problems.

Comments by DTease, 31st October 2017  
Alan, do you have any other mood setting apart from bad? Smile and the world smiles with you. Cry and you cry alone.

Comments by James, 31st October 2017  
Alan must like potholes...well Wigan is full of them

Comments by . Ozymandias ., 31st October 2017  
And some of them have been there that long, they've acquired grade one listed status. Talk about a third world country.

Comments by DTease, 1st November 2017  
It's a few months since I parked up on this site. At that time the potholes were so bad that it was impossible to avoid them. Maybe they have made improvements since then. I do hope so because the site was in a terrible condition then.

Comments by Veronica, 1st November 2017  
I'm no engineer -but I would have thought the ground mustn't have been filled in enough to accommodate all the cars that park there. There would have been the old cells and cellars under those old buildings and perhaps old Roman ruins as well! Invitations to disagree are most welcome- its all a 'learning curve' as these go ahead young people say!

Comments by Garry, 1st November 2017  
If the is pot-holes, just drive slowly because you're parking up anyway, job done. Drive to the conditions.

Comments by DTease, 1st November 2017  
Garry, you amaze me.

Comments by GW., 2nd November 2017  
I'm told of a rumour by a chap that once met Tony Robinson that King Arthur is buried beneath the 'King' St carpark!!

Comments by DTease, 2nd November 2017  
Don't tell Wigan Council GW, or they'll probably build a useless Shopping Center on top of him.

Comments by . Ozymandias ., 2nd November 2017  
That rumour could quite well be true GW., as Arthur died at Avalon, or Wigan as it's now known. His precise burial place is difficult to ascertain however, as his mam only reported him missing last week, but it appears to have been common practice in those days to bury kings beneath car parks.

Comments by GW., 2nd November 2017  
How fitting DTease as "shopping" seems to be the "Holy Grail" in these most consuming of times.

Comments by DTease, 2nd November 2017  
The writing was on the wall GW, I saw it write clear "Guinevere was here" it said "If you see my Arthur tell him his tea's ready"

Comments by Mikew, 2nd November 2017  
Its a temporary surface with no proper foundation or drainage. It is inevitable that the surface will degrade.

Comments by . Ozymandias ., 2nd November 2017  
And if thou shouldst encounter yonder scoundrel tarrying within ye olde Legs of Man, GW, thou mayest tell him from me, that he shall find his mess of pottage to be verily, nay verily I say, within ye dog forsooth. I'm off to ye bingo. Gwynn.

Comments by DTease, 2nd November 2017  
She may say she's gone to Bingo Ozy but I reckon she's out playing fast and loose with that varlet, Lancelot the one who's always waving his weapon about and wearing a bucket on his head.

Comments by DTease, 2nd November 2017  
Mikew, when William Pitt the younger brought in Income Tax in 1799 he claimed it was a "Temporary Measure" to pay for the Napoleonic Wars.

Comments by Veronica, 2nd November 2017  
I heard there was a mystery man in a mask kept down there. He was brought over from Calaise on the ferry. It was thought he would never be found as not many people shop in Wigan now apart from a few 'die-hards'.
His skeleton was found still attached to the mask -he came from somewhere called ' Cristo' I think.

Comments by Albert., 2nd November 2017  
I have some recollection, that a few years ago, someone put photographs of the basement of the King Street Police Station. Although I myself cannot recollect any basement, when I worked from there. The cell block was on the same level as the parade room. You entered the parade room via a door, next to the fire station, in Chapel Lane, opposite the church.

Comments by . Ozymandias ., 2nd November 2017  
Yes, I've heard about yon rascal DTease. I believe his full title is ' Sir Lancelot de Grand Tincture '. No doubt after his ' place de naissance ' in Normandy, or Brittany, or some other foreign place far superior in every respect to this place, although he was known to his mates as simply tête seau. Speaking of income tax though has prompted me to ponder, when will the Napoleonic wars ever be paid for?

Comments by Poet, 2nd November 2017  
Under the cold ripples of Scotsman's Flash
Excalibur lies,in shining darkness gleaming
Waiting for Arthur to come and rid us
Of holes in our car park.
Centuries passed 'till Arthur came
Once more,standing before the council
And wielding Excalibur spake
"What needest thee now these holes to mend
Is not vain hope in old legend,
Nor help from this, my mighty blade
But man and barrow concrete and spade.

Comments by . Ozymandias ., 2nd November 2017  
And while we're on the subject of debt, having seen for myself many of the thousands upon thousands of commonwealth soldiers' headstones in northern France, I'm also prompted to wonder why the European Union is so persistent in its demand for reparations from this country for leaving the EU. It would appear to me that this debt, if ever it existed, was paid in full ninety nine years ago, then the interest, if any were owed, was paid sixty years ago. Clap me in irons if you wish GCHQ, I'm past caring to be honest.

Comments by DTease, 2nd November 2017  
Speaking of Napoleon I seem to recall that after he died his "tincture" was preserved for posterity and a few years ago whoever owned it put it up for sale at auction. Can anyone verify this? or is my befuddled old brain leading me down the path to the Consulting Couch again? Mind you the Consulting Couch is not so bad, it's the uncontrollable twitch in the right eye that gets me down a bit. Anyway, I digress, back to Napoleon. Is Herbert Lom still with us? Come to think of it maybe that's where I got the twitch from. All those Pink Panther films I watched must have had some effect. He was very good as Napoleon but he was much more fun with Peter Sellers.

Napoleon died on a little island in the South Atlantic called St Helena and the powers that be have just spent a couple of hundred million pounds building a new Airport. Unfortunately, it turned out to be unusable by the Airlines mmmm I wonder if the St Helena Planning Department has been twinned with Wigan's Planning Department?

Comments by Ann, 3rd November 2017  
Garry's good x.

Comments by Kenee, 5th November 2017  
Garry's gone all philosophical, I knew somebody who filled in holes for the council, he was a 'fill officer' too.

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