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WALLGATE EARLY 1900's
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 33936
MOVED THIS IMAGE FROM THE 'UNKNOWN' HEADING AS IT'S NOW BEEN CONFIRMED AS WALLGATE. OPPOSITE THE NORTH WEST STATION

Comment by: Linma on 29th July 2022 at 11:42

In those early days there were always men wearing flat caps standing on street corners.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 29th July 2022 at 14:30

The "North Western" station only came to be in 1924.

Comment by: John Brown on 29th July 2022 at 14:49

Great picture

Comment by: Ray on 29th July 2022 at 16:13

This railway station was completed in 1838, and received the
title of Wigan North Western June 2nd 1924.

Comment by: Peter Walsh on 29th July 2022 at 17:18

I noticed that one old map showed these buildings set back in a curve while the road was straight. They would also be lower as the land falls away to the left. These make this section of Wallgate appear to be on a bend and steeper.

Comment by: Rich. on 30th July 2022 at 09:40

When was the masonic hall built? It doesn't appear to be in the picture?

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 30th July 2022 at 11:11

1877 Rich. Wigan Masons, in the Liverpool Province, met in the Royal Hotel in Standishgate for ten years before the Wigan Masonic Hall was built in Wallgate.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 30th July 2022 at 11:38

THANKS FOR THAT BIT OF INFO GEORGE IT WOULD APPEAR THEN, THAT THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN PRE. 1877?

Comment by: Rich. on 30th July 2022 at 11:51

Thanks, George. When was the current one built in Wallgate? If it was built in the 1800's then this photo can't be early 1900's. I'm assuming it is Wallgate in the photo? It looks very, very similar although I'm not 100% convinced.

Comment by: Ron Hunt on 30th July 2022 at 13:13

Two replies from this image on the UNKNOWN topic From Phil Taylor and Andy Lomax...
This photo is Wallgate, it shows the plot of land now occupied by the Tower building/Masonic Lodge buliding which is between the Swan & Railway and Victoria Hotel.
You can see the chimneys of the Victoria hotel on the far right of the photo.
The photograper would have their back to Wigan North Western Station.
The pub on the left was demolished to make way for the Swan & Railway you can see it in Ron's most recent photo of Wallgate Bridge looking the other way down Wallgate.

The Tower Buildings we're completed in 1898 as was the Swan & Railway - making this photograph quite old. Victoria Hotel built 1894 so this photograph is between 1894 & 1898. I too suspected it was on Wallgate and had the same findings as Phil Taylor. I sat back and waited after considering it being elsewhere and was completely stumped at my lack of findings.

Comment by: Rich. on 30th July 2022 at 15:08

Great photo though, Ron.
Ive never ever seen this view of Wallgate anywhere, before seeing this photo. Fantastic piece of visual history. Thanks for posting it.

Comment by: Ray on 30th July 2022 at 15:28

I imagine that Pooles Confectionery & pie shop was about where the
groups of men and the street lamp is, depending on when Pooles set
up at this location on Wallgate.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 30th July 2022 at 16:29

Pooles bakery would still be in Liverpool when this photo was taken.

Comment by: rigsby on 31st July 2022 at 11:09

There is a building in King St. with Masonic symbols built into the stonework, was this ever used by the Masons ?

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