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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 2nd February, 2018)


The former Britannia Bridge School off Warrington Road, Lower Ince. It was replaced with new buildings to its rear. It appears no further use has been found for it, so it will be demolished.

Photo: David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
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Comment by: Ken R on 2nd February 2018 at 03:26

Somber photo, there has got to be something wrong with the system for this to happen.

Comment by: PeterP on 2nd February 2018 at 06:16

New houses came to mind

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 2nd February 2018 at 07:46

You have taken the words right out of my mouth Ken R.

Comment by: Anne on 2nd February 2018 at 07:49

I remember going through those gates on the left for my first day at school, September 1945. I was wondering what would happen to the building. It would be nice to salvage an item of the ornate brickwork, especially the 'Boys' and 'Girls' notification pediments.
Anyone know how to go about this?

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd February 2018 at 08:12

Its scandalous that the building should be demolished. A lovely solid building like that.
It could be used as a night shelter for the homeless.

Comment by: Mick on 2nd February 2018 at 08:16

Ken R whats wrong with the system is these old leaking buildings are damp, drafty and expensive to maintain so best thing to do is knock them flat and start again.

Comment by: irene roberts on 2nd February 2018 at 08:22

That is such a shame. I have never been in that school but it is such a landmark. It always looked so cosy and homely when the lights were on on dark afternoons, and it has "Girls" "Boys" and "Infants" picked out in the lovely red brickwork over the entrances. I hate to think of it empty and silent after all those years of children's voices. A lady I knew used to teach there and told me that one little infant thought it was called "Pretend-you're -a-Bridge" school, instead of Britannia Bridge!

Comment by: Anne on 2nd February 2018 at 09:01

There was an appeal a few years ago asking former pupils to volunteer memories and go into the present day class with these memories and photos. I went, the interior layout had changed but it was an interesting vibrant and welcoming place, no draughts, leaks or any other building problems to be seen. The reasons for the move to new premises was given as more up to date facilities needed. As Veronica suggests such a substantial building should be a useful asset.

Comment by: Garry on 2nd February 2018 at 09:09

Very sad to see it closed, and even
more to see it demolished.
We seem to be throwing money in the wrong direction, I mean, what is wrong with the building or I'm I missing something?

Comment by: Poet on 2nd February 2018 at 09:10

Politicians seem to think homelessness is caused by a lack of housing and propose further incursion into the greenbelt. Yet how can a homeless person ever afford to buy a home. Hostels are the answer to the immediate problem.

Comment by: Alan H on 2nd February 2018 at 09:20

Hasn’t changed a bit since my dad went there in the early 1900,s. He was born in 1902. My grandparents had a chip shop on Britannia Bridge and the teachers used to send him home to get their fish and chip dinners. No school dinners in those days.

Comment by: Pat McC on 2nd February 2018 at 10:25

‘Knocking them flat and starting again’ is the very reason that Wigan town centre is in the sorry state it is today; ‘New’ doesn’t always mean better unfortunately. I agree with Ken there’s something very wrong in the system, and we should be doing our utmost to preserve these buildings.

Comment by: Cliff Hepworth on 2nd February 2018 at 10:25

Sad photo,same thing happened to my old school Spring View,it was left empty for a while,before being demolished! Why go to all the expence of boarding up when everyone knows it will be demolished?

Comment by: Mick on 2nd February 2018 at 12:40

Cliff, we have to board them up so that the vandals cant get in and cause more damage.

Comment by: Julie on 2nd February 2018 at 16:36

I first thought to argue and put what could and should happen with this building . Then I thought what is the true reality . Like many old buildings in Wigan , according to the Council , their time is up . It’s like someone ,year by year ripping another page out of the book of Wigan’s history and throwing it into a fire or skip. Our generation are fighting to keep the book intact . The reason being because they are part of us . We remember their inner walls , we remember their spirit . So when a building like this goes into the skip like this one will a part of us will go with it . The new will replace the old ... The one question I always ask myself is , by doing so , are we better or worse ? Our rush to be modern ,will in my eyes , make us weaker in the end, because we lose our depth and values. Just like a microwave oven.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 2nd February 2018 at 17:13

Well said Julie, Pat McC and Veronica. As far as Mick's comments go, he has ever looked to see the flats in Scholes, they seem to be perpetually being repaired.

Comment by: Alan on 2nd February 2018 at 17:20

Garry your missing something.

Comment by: Mick on 2nd February 2018 at 17:28

Julie maybe we all should start going on our holidays on old fashioned sailing galleons instead of them jumbo jets

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd February 2018 at 18:48

That's true Elizabeth re the flats - huge chunks of concrete dropped off the side of one of the buildings. It must be very worrying for the residents. It's not so much the history of these old buildings but the practicalities - surely in the long run it would be cheaper to maintain such well built property instead of building with inferior materials. Or at least extending with the same materials.

Comment by: Andrew on 2nd February 2018 at 22:54

it's very sad indeed to see this however the building was not fit for purpose: the only job of any school is to deliver an outstanding education to our children. this old building prevented that very aim.

Now the kids of Ince have a brilliant school which can meet their needs in the 21stC.

Congratulations to the Chair of Govs, Head teacher and Governers for bringing a new school to Ince - much needed!

Comment by: Mick on 2nd February 2018 at 23:11

Well said Andrew, finally somebody who is not living in the past.

Comment by: Poet on 3rd February 2018 at 00:14

Even in a state of 'decay' the old building looks better than the modern housing to the rear.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd February 2018 at 06:59

Better to live WITH the past and cherish it's grand buildings that outlast. Not to live in a future with eyesores that have no lasting power. The building would make a very good community centre for that matter, with groups of all kind using it.

Comment by: John D on 3rd February 2018 at 10:35

Not only will the building disappear but also the little cobbled street (Parliament Street) will disappear as well, along with Pitt Street. I hope these names will be retained in any new development as they are part of our local history.

Comment by: Anne on 3rd February 2018 at 12:19

The little row of terraced houses facing the school (addresses Parliament street) along with the back to back ones facing Warrington road went long ago.

Comment by: Lynne on 6th February 2018 at 20:04

I've seen workmen in the building taking out central heating radiators and other useful items.

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