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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

Old Road

Old Road
The stone wall running across is photo marks where the road ran down to the old Wallgate Railway Station.
The building behind is the old Majestrates Court on the corner of Crawford Street and King Street West.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-HX99)
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Comment by: Phil Taylor on 3rd March 2024 at 00:31

The stone wall closest to the photographer was part of the footbridge which enabled customers to get from the platform on one side of the tracks to the platform on the other side.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 3rd March 2024 at 08:20

Dennis, interesting view, is this taken from the near end of the platform at Wallgate Station?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 3rd March 2024 at 08:44

I can't get my bearings here! Is that King Street West that the buses go along when they turn off Wallgate to go to the bus station? And is so, is the building on the left what used to be used to be Sloopies/ some other name nightclub? I only ask because you used to be able to make out very faint "ghost" letters advertising the former Gee's School of Dancing on the rear wall. Perhaps they've faded completely now due to the passing years or I'm looking at the wrong wall.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd March 2024 at 09:27

I can see the office window on the corner of the County Court I worked in. I was always looking out of that window. Yes you are right Irene. It was a long walk for folk wanting to go on the train in the old days.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 3rd March 2024 at 09:51

Irene, you are right about the dark building on the left. It has been numerous night clubs of the years, I remember it best as The Las Vegas Club with Chuffers around the corner in the late 60’s early 70’s.
I think it first opened as The Golden Clogg!

Comment by: Lolly on 3rd March 2024 at 15:29

An interesting thread here. The trees in the picture denote where the plague pits are. https://wigan-peers.forumotion.com/t1977-plague-victims-in-wigan?highlight=plague

Comment by: PeterP on 3rd March 2024 at 15:34

The club has just closed down again ,It was a indie -club

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 3rd March 2024 at 18:14

Thanks Lolly, will check this out in the morning.
Woodhouse Lane is named after wooden houses that were built to accommodate plague victims in the mid 1600’s. We thought we had it bad during Covid.

Comment by: Lolly on 3rd March 2024 at 19:04

The churchyard wall may have been moved to accommodate Wallgate station. So there would have been victims buried where those cars are. Someone did report that work had to stop on the night club, because bones had been found there.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 3rd March 2024 at 20:23

The tree that Lolly mentions is between King Of Prussia Yard which is off Hallgate and the Parish Church.
Behind this wall there was a road that ran down from King Street West to the platform level of the old Station.
At the top end was a walkway across the track to the platform on the other side.

Comment by: Cyril on 3rd March 2024 at 21:46

Dennis, here's a link to a discussion about the plague pit in the church yard from off Communicate started by Jo Anne: https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/communicate/mb_message.php?opt=f1&opt2=&msd=1454590&offset=0&subject=Plague%20Victims%20in%20Wigan

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 3rd March 2024 at 22:42

Cyril, the tree in that photo is to the left of the entrance to the Parish Church Yard from King of Prussia Yard.

Comment by: Brian B on 5th March 2024 at 14:21

Irene I well remember my first dance lesson at Gee's school of dancing, we boys had to dance with a chair as a partener, can't risk the girls feet!!! I never did improve mutch other than a bit of partener line dancing.

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