i think it would be hard for builders of today to build any thing like that its so grand thanks dave
Comment by Dave on 3rd December 2008 at 10:36
It's the same building as yesterday's photo Carol. Corner of Library St and Hewlett St Wigan.
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 3rd December 2008 at 12:28
A Grade 2 listed building, which this is, is a building of special interest, which warrants every effort being made to preserve it.
Comment by Dave on 3rd December 2008 at 13:12
They only have to keep the outside Ernest. They can demolish the interior - and probably will.
Comment by Cyril on 3rd December 2008 at 14:35
The interior hasn't been maintained and is in a awful condition, and very damp in places. You are right Dave the interior is going to be demolished leaving the outside terracotta shell intact, hopefully!
Comment by coccium on 3rd December 2008 at 15:45
as I said previous picture where is the tower?
Brilliant photo dave.
Comment by coccium on 3rd December 2008 at 16:01
For a look at the tower go to Album,Then places,Then Library street,and look at Municipal Buildings.
Comment by Dave on 3rd December 2008 at 18:14
Dioes anyone know what happened to the tower, why and when?
Comment by coccium on 3rd December 2008 at 21:48
It was in a bit of a state,needed repairing,it had scaffold around it for some time and then the tower was taken off.This was around 1974-76,I was told at the time the tower was put in storage at the back of the Municipal Buildings.
Comment by Cyril on 3rd December 2008 at 23:12
Lets hope the bricks from the tower and can be found coccium, otherwise it will be a sad loss architecturally, has the building complete with tower in the photo in the Old Gallery looks very grand. Have you also noticed the piece of moulding that is missing above the central arch on the left side of the photo, the terracotta on the town hall has also got mouldings falling away, but they are dealing with this at the moment.
Comment by David on 4th December 2008 at 16:02
In fact in all listed buildings Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II - the interiors are just as protected as the exterior. See PPG15 online.
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