Photo-a-Day (Sunday, 26th August, 2012)
The Observer Building
Walk past here quite a lot. It`s a short cut from Wigan Wallgate to the library entrance in Hewlett St.
Golin, I`ve just looked at photo #18219 submitted by you in Album, Work, Printers page 1. There are cars parked in front and there are cars there when I go past, so wonder what time of day you took today`s P-a-D?
I wonder how old that lamp is on the right of the photo.
Sign of bygone times,A newspaper office
Interesting pic for me. My Grandfather Bryson used to write articles for a mining publication The Observer issued. I always thought I went with him to an office in The Wiend but perhaps it was this building instead.
I've been to the press room night club, it's alright too.
Ernest, the photo was taken early morning, that was the plan, so no cars or people were about. Mick, the lamps not that very old, it's a reproduction old style lamp to blend in with the area. It replaced the concrete column lamp that stood there for years.
Helen you could be right about going to an office in the Wiend, I'm sure there was a print shop along there in the 1960s, wonder if it it was the Examiner rather than the Observer, I'm sure someone will remember.
has you know i dont intend to be pickie but it's reguarding what ernest pyke as written. who in the name of our lord is GOLIN? is he a character from lord of the ring's? i just dont know but has sure as god made little apples one of you good folk will set the record streight.
Helen,the printes you went to with your Grandfather, would probably been Ezra Sidebottom (Printers)Ltd.,thy had a large printing workshop in the Wiend. Incedentley
the Sidebottom family lived what is now Kilhey Court, Restaurant .
dirty harry doesn`t know what capital letters are for, he can`t spell and also doesn`t know what grammar is.
Helen Wasn't your Grandfather a lecturer in the mining department at Wigan Tech? He used to write articles in a magazine called The in the Art and Science Mining as did my late uncle Fred.
Ernest......I am surprised at you!
You have fallen for Dirty harry`s antics !!
Try and answer his question....he may just be genuine !
Why the bars on the windows?Surely the area isnt that bad ?
Colin Is this building still there? I thought the Observer was now at Martland Mill
Helen, no need to answer his question as the answer is obvious.
Tom Waterhouse, what magazine?
Sorry Jean!was thinking about Tom`s question.
DH you are such a pain - you comment about someones simple typo Colin V Golin - in your critique there are seven mistake in your FIRST line!!!
Well said, Skeets, but you also have slipped up by not typing an `s` after `mistake` !!!
Spot on Tom, Thomas Bryson was a lecturer in mining at The Wigan Mining & Technical College as it was called then & it was the Art & Science of Mining he wrote for. I have also been surprised to find he wrote several technical books on mining. What was your Uncle Fred's surname ?
ann21: Yes it is still there and is called the Observer building since the paper used it from 1853-1966. A number of small companys run their business from there. The last Wigan Observer to be printed and published at Rowbottom Square, was January 1966. The then new Wigan Observer works opened in Woods street, lower Wallgate. The paper went over to web offset printing, a brand new printing and production method in newspapers. United Newspapers closed Woods street around 1984, and Martland Mill was formed, with Central Lancashire Printers and Lancashire Publications. Today however, the Wigan Observer is still published there, but printed in Preston by Broughton Printers (sadly not a full Wigan paper). The best years for the Wigan Observer in terms of readership, reliability and quality was without-dout, Woods Street. They won every newspaper award in the game.
Helen --My Uncle Fred's name was Rylance. He got an external degree in mining from London University.
well potted Ernet he aid trying to pretend hi " " wa not working on hi keyboard. Jut ayin'.