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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 24th June, 2023)

Gently decaying

Gently decaying
The Famous Pagefield, tinned up.
What next - demolition?

Photo: David Long  (iPhone)
Views: 1,495

Comment by: Alan, in Canada on 24th June 2023 at 05:36

I don't remember this building.What is it?

Comment by: Garry on 24th June 2023 at 06:58

Another really fine building bites the dust. Just look at the design of the brickwork and architecture.
That building would stand so proud in any Town or City.

Comment by: Sandra on 24th June 2023 at 07:03

Sad end to once a thriving pub that so many people enjoyed.
Why as it come to this?

Comment by: Alan on 24th June 2023 at 07:06

Looks like the place has plenty rooms, I suppose it can be turn in to a hostel for the homeless.

Comment by: Sue on 24th June 2023 at 07:11

What a fantastic building distroyed and unloved.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th June 2023 at 07:12

With WMC's track record it will be left till it ''is a dangerous state'' and then probably demolished for public safety. What a state of affairs..........
Maybe someone knows who owns the building

Comment by: Dave Lewis on 24th June 2023 at 07:32

Nice pic David, I've heard that weatherspoons have bought the building I'm hoping it's true as Wigan have lost so much heritage lately.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 24th June 2023 at 08:07

I passed this building most days for a number of years when I used to pick my grandchildren up from school, and used to imagine the silent, empty rooms inside. Why let these beautiful ornate buildings rot and build new ones that look as if a child has built them out of Lego? So very sad.

Comment by: Wiganer on 24th June 2023 at 08:45

Not Famous anymore, sadly.

Comment by: PeterP on 24th June 2023 at 09:05

Was planned to be a retail unit down stairs and flats upstairs in 2016

Comment by: freddie on 24th June 2023 at 10:03

structural detail is superb, but sadly not very adaptable to modern needs, in the rich south this building would be preserved

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 24th June 2023 at 10:40

Its to far gone, what it needs now is for it to be knocked down and then build some nice new terraced house that blend in with the surrounding area,
Don't forget its got a big bowling green so their is plenty of land

Comment by: Tommy T on 24th June 2023 at 11:02

Just imagine how many thousands of different people have been in that pub. How many different stories have been told behind those walls? I find old public buildings fascinating with all the secrets and lies that have gone on in there, never to be revealed again by those bars and beer stained floors.
Agh well back to reality, this is the 21st century if it's not making money, pull it down and replace it with cheap rubbish that can be pulled down again in 20 years time.
Wigan, like a lot of this country is losing its identity.
One more thing when did the Pagefield become the Famous Pagefield?
Good photo.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th June 2023 at 12:14

So many buildings like this and so many homeless - it’s doesn’t add up!

Comment by: Cyril on 24th June 2023 at 16:10

So sad to see this building left to deteriorate, it has loads of character as can be seen with the exterior features of terracotta stock brick and finely carved and detailed York stone, this character also carried on into the interior with Renaissance styled tiled walls and ornate plaster ceilings. Many years I did frequent this pub on many occasions and remember it being a good pub. But why demolish it only to replace it with plain Lego boxlike buildings that you see in Shevington or Standish, and which will stand out like a sore thumb in this area, surely if not now not a pub then why not converted into apartments. It was built in 1902 by Magee Marshall to replace an older plain brick built pub of the same name, there is information about it and photos at Wigan Buildings: https://www.wiganbuildings.co.uk/building.php?id=471

How the pub got 'Famous' put in the name: https://whatpub.com/pubs/LAS/1795/famous-pagefield-wigan

These lot got into the boarded up building at night and filmed the interior https://youtu.be/i_aMbxrMb3E

as can be seen vandalism is extensive in every room and with dampness, due most likely to the vandalism of the plumbing fixtures and/or theft of the copper pipes, are causing those ornate ceilings to fall down and I can't see that they and the other damaged beyond repair fixtures shall ever be replaced

Comment by: Pat McC on 24th June 2023 at 16:14

My husband used to sing with Wigan G & S, and they held their weekly rehearsals at the Pagfield - so sad to see such an impressive building, and what was a busy pub which contributed greatly to the social life of the area, being left in disrepair.

Comment by: e on 24th June 2023 at 18:14

Developers come from far and wide ,
From Timbuktu and such ,
But profits is all they think about ,
the more , the more , the …..?
Greed we know , greed we have ,
but both ignore emotion,
for profit man will come again ,
however deep we bleed!

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