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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 12th October, 2022)

The Centre For Advanced Technical Studies


The Centre For Advanced Technical Studies
Or, to us oldies, “The Gas Showrooms” Wigan.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Linma on 12th October 2022 at 06:39

Used to go to night school there.

Comment by: Ian on 12th October 2022 at 06:56

It is a really nice building.
Thanks for the photo, Dennis.

Comment by: Tom on 12th October 2022 at 07:30

Looks just like a Gooooooogle street view.

Comment by: PeterP on 12th October 2022 at 08:05

In the recent past parts of the building was the council planning office and another part was "Wish FM" radio station. Thankfully in the main the building has been in use and not been allowed to go to rack and ruin.

Comment by: irene robert on 12th October 2022 at 08:55

I remember waiting outside the gas showrooms for a coach when worked at Debenhams. When someone had a hen party we always seemed to go to Bolton and the pick-up place was ALWAYS The Gas Showrooms. I have never been a party person and even back then I was ready to come home halfway through the evening! I can remember seeing hoards of people with their suitcases on Saturdays, waiting for their coach to take them on holiday.

Comment by: Anne on 12th October 2022 at 09:17

Remember that building when used for original purpose. Mother shopped at Lower Ince Rushtons opposite Rock Ferry Inn, Warrington road.

Comment by: Alan H on 12th October 2022 at 09:18

Dennis , to us even older oldies it was O&. G Rushton’s warehouse as it is picked out in white bricks at the top of this wonderful Victorian building Let’s hope that the Council don’t decide to knock it down.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 12th October 2022 at 09:24

That is one splendid building that Wigan should be proud of.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th October 2022 at 09:30

I don’t think even Wigan Council would have the audacity to demolish that building come what may!

Comment by: Veronica on 12th October 2022 at 09:52

I remember as a tiny tot there was a ‘Rushtons’ grocery shop on the corner of Belvoir St and Higham St in the 40’s and early 50’s . I wonder if this was the headquarters.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 12th October 2022 at 09:54

In an age of square boxes with square widows it’s good to preserve a building like this to remind us that there was a time when Companies were proud to build something that was more than merely “ Functional”.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 12th October 2022 at 09:57

Building was saved by the Tory voting Ainscough brothers and Mr Whelan so well done to them.

Comment by: Ian on 12th October 2022 at 11:06

But! What other structure are they responsible for?
Peter and Veronica, not yet! Sadly, many of us thought and believed that the old Police Station was a wonderful building which would stay with us.
Hopefully, historical buildings of Wigan and local areas are going to remain.
On a more positive note, it's great to hear that work has begun on areas of King Street.

Comment by: DTease on 12th October 2022 at 11:19

I love the way that everyone ignores Wigan Mick every time he tries to get a political argument going.

Comment by: Edna on 12th October 2022 at 12:03

Before it was for Advanced technical studies, it was used for students from the age of 14 yrs to 18yrs. Who wished to leave school and carry on with their studies here.

Comment by: Ticsmon on 12th October 2022 at 12:33

'Building was saved by the Tory voting Ainscough brothers and Mr Whelan so well done to them.'

How so?

Comment by: DerekB on 12th October 2022 at 15:03

Rushton's had several shops around Wigan. One I remember was in Greenough St. in the block just after the entrance to Turner St. and going towards Scholes. Others in the same block were a chippy and a Lewis's milk bar.

Comment by: Anne on 12th October 2022 at 16:03

Ian… which building are you referring to as the old police station, the one attached to the old town hall King street or the newish one Harrogate street?

Comment by: Maureen on 12th October 2022 at 16:23

According to what I've read it originally belonged to the Rector of Wigan and was known as 'The Mesnes'..but was smaller..and I'm sure the comedian from TV Willie Russell's grandfather or great grandfather was the original owner.

But...I can only bring to mind the day I ran across the road to reach the front door area but I fell and landed on my face,my chin made a horrible crack as I landed and a lovely lady came running saying "Oh love I heard that" my chin and entire face was bruised..so I think of that day every time I cross that road.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 12th October 2022 at 16:29

'Building was saved by the Tory voting Ainscough brothers and Mr Whelan so well done to them.'

How so?
Because I read all about it in the Wigan Observer, plus Ive known Bill since the 60s

Comment by: Maureen on 12th October 2022 at 17:02

I've known Bill and Eileen for a few years as well.

Comment by: Tonker (off Wigan World) on 12th October 2022 at 18:21

It was Martin who 'saved' the Rushton Building.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 12th October 2022 at 21:47

Well Mick , hi never thought hit would appen but you’ve finally convinced me .

Now don’t hattempt to dissuade me,..has hi’ve made up my mind .

The next time helection day comes around , hi’ll most defiantly be casting my vote hin favour of the conservative candidate .

Hi know ! ,….Hi find it almost himpossible to comprehend has well .

Hin all probability the poor sod will lose is deposit …..but hi’ve defiantly made my mind up on this one , so please feel free to go ahead and hannounce my decision to the hentire populace on this beleaguered

“ plague hisland “ .

And while your hat it, I’d be obliged if you could halso hinform every branch of this country’s harmed forces of my decision …the harmy , navy , hand the Royal Hair Force as well .

But most importantly,
Don’t forget to tell it to the marines .

Ozy .

Comment by: Ian on 12th October 2022 at 21:58

Anne, I was referring to the building which was opposite Brocol House. I believe, it was originally the Town Hall.
A beautiful building and one which should still be there.
By the way, I know what went on and how it ended up being demolished. An extremely tragic end to anothet part of old Wigan.

Comment by: Ian on 12th October 2022 at 22:05

Bill knew my dad.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 12th October 2022 at 22:47

Lloyd George knew my father .

Comment by: DTease on 12th October 2022 at 23:24

My dad’s bigger than your dad.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 13th October 2022 at 00:00

My big brother's coming round to sort you out .

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 13th October 2022 at 08:05

Tonker, Martin was the front man, Bill and Dave also had a lot to do with it.

BTW Ive been told that you posted a video of a motorbike accident showing someone trying to get the victims heart starting again, which was a good thing,  shame it didnt work.
I have a video on YouTube that I made myself showing a doctor who just happened to be driving by the accident trying his hardest to get the dead rider heart going again.
But my video was attacked and silly folk said it was disgusting that I should show something like that.
This was the reason I stopped posting on  Wiganworld.

Comment by: DTease on 13th October 2022 at 15:45

Tell him he’ll bi purrin his yed in o dog kennel, Ozy.

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