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St John's, Wigan


St.John's Church 22-07-1992.
Photo: Barrie.
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Item #: 32089
One of the full size windows has been removed for cleaning (opening boarded up).One of the hazards to the employees working on the project was pigeons and dust.As H&S adviser that is where I came in to ensure that precautions were being taken as well as general safety.
As an aside, Rawlings were also on site at Deanery High School on extension works so I was also visiting that contract during the same period..

Comment by: Philip G. on 18th April 2020 at 20:02

At The Deanery, as well, were you, Barrie - In demand, what. And teasing away St John's giant window must have given a few scary moments.

Comment by: Barrie. on 20th April 2020 at 11:44

Philip,like the old song goes "I've been everywhere man,I've been everywhere". Yep, Deanery High School (or was it All Saints School in the 50's & 60's?) was an extension build contract that started early January '92 and completed November that year. I had to investigate a serious accident there during the summer involving a joiner who fell 3m and was taken to Wigan Infirmary (and that brought back memories visiting there). A specialist contractor was brought into remove the Stain Glass windows, a young female ran the company and I think she was local to the area. She knew her stuff regarding dealing with lead and the health risks. Has the church been renovated since 1992?

Comment by: Philip G. on 20th April 2020 at 17:08

Yes, Barrie, you're a man of tremendous experience, with a library to match; your picture Training Aids is very special. Regarding your reference to 1992, the unfortunate fellow, the 'Infirmary and the lady overseer, I'm reminded of the seven days that I spent in the Christopher Home, suffering from two mis-placed discs, and of the look-in by the patient in the next room; My workmate's wife. How rum is that. Look forward to seeing more of your 'photos from the heart'.

Comment by: Edna on 20th April 2020 at 23:18

My husband worked on this, he did the lead work on the roof.He also did St. Mary's as well,It would be a bit earlier than that when He did the lead on St.George's.

Comment by: Veronica on 21st April 2020 at 17:17

Edna if you walk past there these days, I'm sure you will still see him waving to you in your minds eye... xx

Comment by: Rev David Long on 22nd April 2020 at 15:05

Barrie - I think you may be referring to Linda Walton of Design Lights at Blackrod. She has carried out a number of local commissions and major repairs - but Googling her reveals that she is now working in Scotland - though the Blackrod firm is still going.

Comment by: Barrie. on 22nd April 2020 at 19:37

Thanks for the info Rev. It got the old grey matter working again and I think you could be right. At the back of the mind Blackrod was mentioned in my talks with her. 28 years ago now. I left Rawlings in 1994 and unfortunately they ceased trading in 1996.

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