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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 8th January, 2016)


The old telephone exchange, Dorning Street, Wigan.

Photo: Danny Staff  (Sony DSC-H200)
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Comment by: Owdkewyed on 8th January 2016 at 01:03

Looks like summat Hitler built to keep the nasty allies at bay.

Comment by: Blob on 8th January 2016 at 01:53

I'm sorry Danny, a concrete mess.

Comment by: A.W. on 8th January 2016 at 09:58

This type of building is nowadays often described as "brutalist" architecture.

Comment by: DenS on 8th January 2016 at 10:55

It may be cheap, it may be functional but how could any Architect worth his salt take pride in a building such as this?

Comment by: PeterP on 8th January 2016 at 11:51

Part of the concrete jungle that some town planners think all of Wigan should have been.

Comment by: Mick on 8th January 2016 at 12:59

It would have looked nice when it was built and I bet those that worked would have been happy to be working in a new modern building.

Comment by: Pete Schofield on 8th January 2016 at 13:47

As far as I can remember this was built sometime in the 1970s as an extension to the telephone exchange that used to be in Dorning Street opposite to the Grand Hotel.
This was built on where the old Co Operative Hall was.

Comment by: Robin Leigh on 8th January 2016 at 14:16

What do you want from a telephone exchange? Owdkewyed is right on the mark. Its first job is to protect the phone system equipment - against weather, vandals and everything. A sturdy concrete box is what is needed for the job. Anything else and the architects would be wasting your money.

Comment by: Sam h on 8th January 2016 at 15:07

I think Fred Dibnah would have taken great pleasure in getting rid of this ugly thing.

Comment by: DenS on 8th January 2016 at 17:48

Robin, the people who wasted their money were the people who paid the architect for this, they could have given any 10 year old a ruler, a pencil and a piece of paper and he/she would have knocked out a building like this in 10 minutes flat.

Comment by: Kas on 8th January 2016 at 17:53

I agree with Mick, it's easy to judge now.

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