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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 9th June, 2023)

Eckersley Mill


Eckersley Mill
What a sorry sight, shame on Wigan Council.

Photo: Mike Lavin  (Sony DSC-WX500)
Views: 1,533

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 9th June 2023 at 00:31

What, exactly, has Wigan council got to do with it?

Comment by: Alan on 9th June 2023 at 02:48

Please explain what this has to do with Wigan Council.

Comment by: Jimmy Rasburn on 9th June 2023 at 04:02

Read all about it

https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/heaton-group-forges-ahead-with-eckersley-mill-conversion/

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 9th June 2023 at 07:18

I really don't know what the final plan is for Wigan. WMC seems to have its own agenda despite what the people think.
Wonder how my Dad & Auntie Annie would have viewed this photo. They both worked there. A sorry sight inded Mike.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 9th June 2023 at 07:34

Wigan Council doesn't own the building, and work is starting on its redevelopment: https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/work-starts-on-200m-eckersley-mills/
All the Council can do is facilitate the larger Wigan Pier scheme which encourages private owners to get involved and spend money.
So, CONGRATULATIONS WIGAN COUNCIL, for stimulating the redevelopment which will transform this desolate scene after years of neglect by its previous owners.

Comment by: good old days on 9th June 2023 at 07:51

do wigan council own it

Comment by: Poet on 9th June 2023 at 08:11

It maybe a sorry sight but if you wanted a brilliant depiction of waste , dilapidation and decay then this is it. . It's almost like the grimness of the industrial revolution has come back as a ghost .
That single dandelion reminds me of the final scene in ' All Quiet on the Western Front ' , when the soldier reaches for the last flower growing in the mud .
Great photography I think.

Comment by: Pw on 9th June 2023 at 08:16

It does look an eyesore,but whoever owns it must be responsible for it not WMBC.

Comment by: Veronica on 9th June 2023 at 08:19

Looks like something out of a Dracula film.

Comment by: Veronica on 9th June 2023 at 08:49

Brilliant photography though Mike!

Comment by: PeterP on 9th June 2023 at 09:01

Urban decay at long last someone is trying to do something with it. There are too many of these buildings dotted about the Wigan area just rotting away or burned out. How long before the back of the Trencherfield Mill joins this sorry state?

Comment by: Maureen on 9th June 2023 at 10:11

It's a very artistic photo of a dying building alongside a dying dandelion...thank you Mike.

Comment by: Syd Smith on 9th June 2023 at 10:24

There's a lad in our street who goes around breaking into old buildings like this mill, he's joined a group of stupid people who call themselves urban explorers.
His dad told me that he had been in St Joseph's college in Upholland just to take some photos, but after they have finished adventuring, they leave the place open to the weather and in many cases this is what causes the rot to set in.

Comment by: Cyril on 9th June 2023 at 14:16

A superb photo Mike, it's like the razor wire is tied in a bow and holding together the flowers of life within a backdrop of decay and desolation, thank God for the flora that grows in our destruction. Remember reading that folks during the war always remarked about where there was bomb damage just how quickly wild flowers, so often called weeds, grew within the mounds of ruins and making the grim look so colourful.

The buildings have never been maintained properly and have stood empty or partly empty for years and Dorma only used a small part of the mill. In the 1980s when Diamond's clothiers was in there he had plastic sheets up to stop dust and old plaster falling and rain water dripping onto the clothes on the rails.

Comment by: e on 9th June 2023 at 17:15

Cotton put bread on our table ,
Mam’s pinny I once did hold ,
it’s smell I still remember
from child to journey of old

Open the doors to a factory,
our street was a moment away ,
a daily many would travel
for a must and a breadcrumb to pay .

The truth we hold is our history,
a written of those who came here ,
their values I’ll always hang onto ,
especially the one I was near …

Comment by: Verrucas on 9th June 2023 at 17:41

The council have no right to sell it off to developers and pocket the money. Wasn't it gifted to the people of Wigan?

Comment by: Veronica on 9th June 2023 at 22:14

The usual verbal diarrhoea I see from Stalker.

Comment by: T on 10th June 2023 at 12:21

Syd, to do it properly they shouldn’t be breaking into anywhere, they should be following the mantra ‘take only pictures, leave only footprints’

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