Tiles with Style

Started by: jo anne (33554) 

Architectural photographer, James Davies, has posted this on Twitter:

“What a greeting to this shop entrance in Wigan with these tiles of C.1906.”

Photo credit @JamesODavies

James didn’t name the shop - anyone got any ideas?

Started: 8th May 2021 at 19:19

Posted by: Diston (226)

He says its the bridal shop library street.

Replied: 8th May 2021 at 20:10

Posted by: jo anne (33554) 

Thanks, Diston, I’d’ve never have got that.

‘Now the Bridal shop on Library Street. Good shopfront too.’

Replied: 8th May 2021 at 21:22

Posted by: Bradshaws Girl (103)

There aren't many things that make me say "WOW" but this certainly did.
Absolutely stunning.

Replied: 9th May 2021 at 09:16

Posted by: riocaroni (176)

Jo Anne it looks to me like the entrance to the Raven pub on Wallgate?

Replied: 9th May 2021 at 09:59

Posted by: ianp. (687) 

riocaroni, I thought the same. It was one of my first thoughts when I saw the photo of the tiles.
No matter where those tiles are in Wigan, it is wonderful to know that some beautiful architecture/fittings/interior deco... are still with us and Wigan Council or some outside building company haven't (yet) wiped them off the face of the Earth.
Although James Davies states: "... with these tiles of C.1906.”, I would say that they are Victorian. Possibly, Albert liked the designs his mother introduced to him so much, he kept the production going!
Anyway, it really doesn't matter if they are Victorian or Edwardian, because they are almost 120 years old, they are beautiful, and they are still part of the interior deco of a shop in Wigan. GREAT!
An appreciative THANK YOU to James Davies and jo anne.

Replied: 9th May 2021 at 10:48

Posted by: Anne (3932) 

If you go onto google street view and peep into the Bridal Shop doorway you will see Diston is correct in what he says.

Replied: 9th May 2021 at 11:02

Posted by: jo anne (33554) 

Thanks, Anne, I hadn’t checked Google Street View:

Replied: 13th May 2021 at 13:09

Posted by: ena malcup (106)

jo anne, have you any idea what the premises were originally when the tiles would have been put in place?

They do remind me strongly of the tiling of the restored Victorian Baths in Manchester.

Replied: 13th May 2021 at 14:08

Posted by: jo anne (33554) 

I don’t know the building’s history, Ena Malcup, except for this -Link:

Address: 25-29 Library Street
Date: 1899 - 1903
Architects: Heaton, Ralph and Heaton

Replied: 13th May 2021 at 18:02


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