Greenough Street, Wigan16 Comments
Photo: Rev David Long
Item #: 13319
I remember walking past this every week to go to Central Park.
Oh - the smell !!!!!
This place had rather a bad reputation in times past, as had the mens' toilets near to the infirmary on Wigan Lane, now totally transformed into the lovely cafe.
It came in quite handy a time or two when needed ;o)
had forgotten that the evening post was based in the building to the right and left distance the drill hall where the TA were based
Used it myself many a time walking home to Hindley after having a pint or two with my dad in the Pagefield
There was a pissoir under Wallgate bridge by the North Western Station and another
over the Douglas near the Honeysuckle in PoolstockK
THE WIGAN PISSOIR is this where the term have a p*** came from ?
always a stopping off point between the Ball & Boot and Central Park and yes it did stink!
there was also one on the next bridge 'downstream' by the Little Theatre and all the 'waste' went straight in the 'Duggie'
I wanted a pee many times walking past there but never dared enter-gave me the creeps.
You wouldn't want to make a phone call there.
A part of Wigan as I remember it, my uncle worked for many years at the old Lancashire Evening Post offices.
The photographer was probably stood by the small printers, I think it was Tickles. Used to get drawing pads from there.
cant forget that phone box it was my rain shelter as that spot to the right of it was the meet up place for me and A girl for three years till i wed her nigh on forty year ago . she was never early come to think of it
The building behind the stinky wee-house is the former Evening Post & Chronicle newspaper offices, before moving to Leyland Mill Lane.
Just for information, a pissoir is a French invention common in Europe that allows for urination in public without the need for a toilet building. If you google the word you'll find fascinating examples on Wikipedia.
The last gents pissoir in Wigan was located in Library Street behind the old library that became the History Shop, and was only washed by rainwater that was demolished only a few years ago, but do you remember both ladies and gents toilets in Market Place where you went down into the basement adjacent to the bus office that finished in the mid 1980s?