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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 12th January, 2024)

Haigh Hall


Haigh Hall
Still under wraps.

Photo: John (Westhoughton)  (iPhone)
Views: 1,831

Comment by: Gary on 12th January 2024 at 07:49

Resembles something from an old episode of Doctor Who.

Comment by: PeterP on 12th January 2024 at 08:14

Is it biodegradable plastic or is there ton's of plastic going to landfill?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th January 2024 at 08:28

At least it's still there under its Clingfilm, and we'll see it again someday.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 12th January 2024 at 08:58

Gary, I think more like the home of The Borg from Star Trek.

Comment by: ex wiganer on 12th January 2024 at 09:21

Same photo as last year cant see if anything has changed waste of money the money could have been better spent on important issues rather than waisting money when it could have gone to needy public services especially when theres no money with this goverment and i dread when them idiots get in we will be bankruped like we are going to be left with nothing.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 12th January 2024 at 09:57

Large chunk of Government 'Levelling Up' money backing this project....

Comment by: Cyril on 12th January 2024 at 09:57

Colin, your comment of yesterday about the poet John Critchley Prince, accordingly he was born in Wigan, but when he was 13 the family moved to Hyde, where he was was more well known as being the Bard of Hyde.

https://englishverse.com/poets/prince_john_critchley

Here are a list of his poems. https://allpoetry.com/John-Critchley-Prince

Comment by: Veronica on 12th January 2024 at 10:00

I’m surprised some of the winds we have been having haven’t ripped the wrapping off. I look forward to seeing it again in all its glory.
Ps John I thought I was seeing double when I saw two bikes we only saw one bike in previous times! ;o))

Comment by: Dave johnson on 12th January 2024 at 10:05

Why ex Wiganer, do you think the tories will win the next election?

Comment by: Poet on 12th January 2024 at 10:13

I'm getting more of a Spanish Armada effect. .

Comment by: ex wiganer on 12th January 2024 at 11:33

Dave johnson either parties are fit to run this country ever again we need change its the same old story vice versa !

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 12th January 2024 at 11:52

Cyril, thanks for additional information, much of this was on the picture in The Ash Tree, apparently he married a local girl in Hyde and lived in hardship and adversity particularly during the Cotton Famine.
All the more remarkable that he had so many volumes published and even more remarkable that I should discover this on a wall in a pub in Ashton-under-Lyne!

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 12th January 2024 at 11:55

Poet, by this are you thinking that it might be blown off course (financially or otherwise) and swept up the English Channel?

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 12th January 2024 at 12:51

Veronica that’s my good neighbour Garry checking his phone last Saturday,by the way Veronica do you remember a Mr Whittle having a shop in Scholes many years ago as his twin daughters have recently started making and selling pies etc at there shop in Pemberton immediately after what was the Sportsman night club in Tunstall Lane and the shop was previously a Galloways bakery shop,I must try there steak or meat pies.

Comment by: Poet on 12th January 2024 at 13:25

Possibly Colin , there's certainly a few cannonballs being fired this morning.

Comment by: DTease on 12th January 2024 at 13:36

I think the Hall will be spectacular when it’s finished. I hope we will be able to see inside again it would be great to walk up that majestic staircase.
Open it all up again !!.

Yes the money could have been spent on other things, but it would have been a crying shame to let this wonderful asset go to wreck and ruin as so many other buildings in Wigan have been allowed to do.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 12th January 2024 at 13:59

I have to apologise as I am not a Wiganer but as an onlooker I think Wigan
may never get out of the mess its in. It has a one party council so you would think with all those Wiganers voting them in they would listen to the voices of their loyal supporters...not a chance, I doubt they care what Wiganer think. They are leaving their own mark behind for posterity. You watch, when all that mess in the centre is cleared up I bet there will be a few name plaques adorning the new brickwork.
Sorry folks buts thats how it looks to an outsider.
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Comment by: Aussie girl on 12th January 2024 at 14:13

What are they actually doing to it? Has anyone seen any plans for after it is finished?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th January 2024 at 14:32

John, (Westhoughton), there is an article in this week's Wigan Observer about the twins opening the baker's shop in Pemberton. Good Luck to them....I hope it is a success.

Comment by: Arthur on 12th January 2024 at 14:42

Hope it's nice and we won't question it when it's finally finished.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th January 2024 at 15:48

Sorry John I.’m very poor on names these days for remembering folk. Perhaps if I saw a photo of the man and his daughters I would probably remember them.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 12th January 2024 at 15:59

So many questions asked, so many topics raised, so many issues to be addressed, there just aren’t enough hours in one day to follow up on.
Wouldn’t it be good if Photo A Day continued the following day on Recently View so that these topics can be followed through upon.
I try to research answers to many then when I find answers I cannot remember who by or when it was featured!!!!!

Comment by: Natalia Sokolov on 12th January 2024 at 16:00

So sory Wiganworlders, as behind all wrappings now just empty spacing, we at Contessa Hotels tookit down Haigh Hall and removed it by night cover, we are now to be rebuildings at Brighton seafronting and are resuming with our plush wedding and conference venue and hotel, and also asylum seekers to be weclome. Do svidaniya.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th January 2024 at 16:00

Helen, you are a Wiganer as far as I'm concerned....you lived here and went to school here and have an interest in it.... that's good enough for me!

Comment by: Olga Flipyaflapalot on 12th January 2024 at 16:17

Natalia, if you do as good a job in Brighton as you did in Haigh, then we are in for another series of Faulty Towers!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 12th January 2024 at 16:20

The Council held quite a protracted Consultation about how the Hall might be used after its refurbishment. I certainly had my opportunity to put my ideas forward, even though they're not being taken up. There was quite a bit about it at the time in the Wigan Observer etc.., and I'm sure you can find the plan somewhere online.

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 12th January 2024 at 16:36

Mick give it a rest love .

Comment by: John on 12th January 2024 at 16:43

Colin, apologies if I have misunderstood your point about Photo-a-Day continuing the following day, but if you click on today's photo it will take you back to yesterday's photo and you can continue posting comments. and so on. Apologies if you already know this!

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 12th January 2024 at 17:10

Helen, Irene is right.
You know what they say, you can take the girl out of Wigan but you can’t take Wigan out of the girl.
Your comments are always interesting and appreciated.
I was just looking at a Newmarket Brochure for yours in Turkey with visits to Ephesus and Troy, thought I was good on geography so it was a Sutton learn that Norfolk was in Turkey!

Comment by: Mr H on 12th January 2024 at 18:38

I've tried one Whittles pies and found them to be a bit salty.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th January 2024 at 20:20

They would probably be perfect for me, Mr. H, as I love salt. I wish them every success.

Comment by: Dave on 12th January 2024 at 20:37

No Helen , Irene is wrong ! Profoundly wrong !
If you are formed into a shape and see only one shape , then how can a butterfly fly ?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 12th January 2024 at 21:10

What ON EARTH are you on about, "Dave"???!

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 12th January 2024 at 21:30

Irene I to hope they the twins make a successful business out of there bakery in these hard times,albet you remember Sutcliffes tripe shop at Ince traffic lights.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th January 2024 at 23:05

Irene It’s like Dick Dastardly says ‘’ Give it a rest Mick luv”.
He’s at it again….

Comment by: Tony L on 13th January 2024 at 07:28

Ref. The comments about Whittle's Bakery. The two girls are in fact Harry Whittle's (the original baker's) granddaughters.
They were only born after he sadly died, in the mid 1990s.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 13th January 2024 at 08:38

Do you know, I CAN'T remember the tripe shop at Ince Traffic Lights, though I know they had a tripe-works up Belle Green Lane. What with that and TEG'S Pickle Works, it must have stunk to high heaven! I remember most of the shops on Ince Bar from the late fifties and the sixties....my Mam shopped there daily..... and am sure Sutcliffe's would have been there but I just can't recall it. I remember their stall in Wigan Market Hall though and have a dvd of Mr. and Mrs Sutcliffe being interviewed just before the Market Hall, (the old one!), was demolished.

Comment by: Cyril on 13th January 2024 at 13:25

Not like those infamous Bards of Standish eh Colin, Poet, E and DTease are all Barred from every pub around there. c]:¬)

Is there anything at Bwighton making it worth a visit Natalia, besides the luke warm tea and beer, and also the whiffy whelks and crabs?

Comment by: Dave on 13th January 2024 at 13:26

No Helen , Irene is wrong ! Profoundly wrong !
If you are formed into a shape and see only one shape , then how can a butterfly fly ?

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 13th January 2024 at 16:46

You are right about the odour haha as I collected the waste from Sutcliffes and most of the several slaughterhouses around Wigan when working at the bonehole at Westhoughton don’t tell Veronica haha.

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