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Workhouse Frog Lane
Started by: aussie94 (2346) Report abuse
what became of this imposing , austere building. I remember as an apprentice at Walmsleys walking past the place going to and from work , feeling very intimidated by what it represented. It had closed by the 1960s but the memories endured through stories in working class families/

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3068)  Report abuse
ALAS the demo gang moved in and the rest you know there is somekind of house/homes there now.

Posted by: tonker (21353)   Report abuse
Boston House, Wigan Health Centre is built on part of it. Markland Court flats and houses on another.

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3068)  Report abuse
That's right Tonker passed by other day what shocked me more were the houses opposite boston house what used to be owd tip office wow they have been quick there haven't they Tonker?

Posted by: aussie94 (2346) Report abuse
I often wonder what dark stories that old workhouse could have told? Should it have been kept or was it better to let it be replaced ?

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3068)  Report abuse
Aussie 94:
I think what went on is probably best left were it is cannot do any good now.

Posted by: aussie94 (2346) Report abuse
GB you are probably right , the harshness of the treatment of poor people was disgraceful

Posted by: upthetims (6530) Report abuse

The way Tata are treating their workers the working class will end up in poor house again

Posted by: linacrelad (2) Report abuse
Don't know if this thread still going. Yeh thowd work were imposing and dark and I walked past it everyday on my way to work at Walmsleys.But I think you should know not all treatment were harsh all the time. My dad worked there in 1930s as a male ward dogsbody. His job was to look after the tramps that turned up. He had to help bathe them, re-clothe them and get rid of their old flee infested clothes. We used to get tramps turning up at home asking for mi dad and looking for help and nobody went away empty handed.

Posted by: priscus (8245) Report abuse
Yes, I can recall when tramps turned up at the back door to get a meal.


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