WIGAN TOWN

I will start this gallery with this view of the Skyline of Wigan taken from high up on Ashurst Beacon on a lovely clear day.

You can spot all the major landmarks if you look closely and the way the town nestles in the foothills of the West Pennine Moors is evident with the view on the horizon.

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WIGAN PIER

There is nothing more iconic in the town than the fabled pier.

And yes, there is actually a pier in real life as well. It may not be as grand as some of the famous seaside towns, but it is small and perfectly formed following a recent refurbishment.

This image was taken a few years ago before the work began, and it shows the history and heritage of the sight, yes a little tired looking, but tremendous all the same.

 

I love this view of Wigan.

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WIGAN PARK

Right in the middle of the town is a big open beautiful green space, home to some incredible buildings and historic artwork.

Mesnes Park (pronounced Mains Park) or Wigan Park as the locals call it,  is a real oasis in the industrial north, giving peace and tranquility to the town's people.

This first view shows the colorful gardens and then some real history. The ornamental fountain and then the Grade II listed stone steps and Pavilion (which is actually a cafe and ice cream parlour these days).

The second image is a closer view of the Boer War Statue that is perched at the top of the stone steps in front of the Pavilion.

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TRENCHERFIELD MILL

In keeping with the history and industrial heritage of the town, there is rarely a view of the skyline without the tower of Trencherfield Mill dominating it.

The mill was part of several cotton mills that were built right next to the Leeds Liverpool canal and helped the industrial revolution take hold.

These days it has been redeveloped to provide accommodation, some business space and it is the home to a performing arts school. Of course the old mill engine remains in place and is alive and working.

I love this view from the Pottery Road bridge, it really does give you a sense of what it was like all those years ago.

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THE LEEDS LIVERPOOL CANAL

The canal forms a huge part of the town's makeup as it threads it was in a pretty large loop through and around the centre.

I love this shot as it has everything about the development of the place. The old canal and its narrowboats with the cotton mills in the distance, but the waters flanked by new developments on either side.

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MARKET PLACE

Talking about the town centre, it has changed over the years that's for sure.

I quite like parts of it, especially the new and opened up Market Place with its stone patio and seats around the perimeter. Plenty of space for people to sit and chat. Lots more needs to be done, but from a purely practical point of view this works.

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THE PARISH CHURCH

Back to prominent and totally dominant buildings with this next shot. The Parish church of All Saints lies just off Market Place and is a real triumph of architecture.

It fits perfectly into its surroundings and the clock tower watches over the central part of the town whilst the gardens give great access to other parts of the town centre.

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THE OLD COURTS

It's probably my favourite building (along with the old town hall) in the whole of Wigan purely down to its quite incredible architecture.

As the name suggests, it was once the Magistrates and family court in Wigan, but these days it is occupied and run by the wonderful Old Courts arts organisation providing all kinds of facilities to enhance the culture of the borough.

It's incredible and this image just shows a fraction of its magnificence.

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THE TOWN HALL

It only seems right to move straight on to my next favourite building in Wigan, the town hall - which is another amazing example of the skills and craftsmanship of days gone by.

The red terracotta brickwork is simply fantastic. You can see the new Life Centre further down the hill, modern with its steel and glass, but I love the sympathetic red cladding which works perfectly with the old stuff.

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THE LIBRARY and LIFE CENTRE

Obviously, I love the old architecture of the buildings in the town, but some of the new stuff is equally superb, nothing more could demonstrate that than the Library and Life Centre, a stunning mix of the old and new.

All the old red brickwork has been morphed perfectly with the steel and glass.

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THE FACE

We have some brilliant pieces of art in and around the town of Wigan, some of it is really eye-catching and nothing more so than my favourite - The Face which sits there right in front of the Life Centre.

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THE WIEND

You might well wonder what that means, it is probably one of the strangest street names in the whole world - but it is somewhere that every Wiganer will know.

The Wiend connects the Life Centre and the Face with Market Place and is quite magical at night time - I took this image on a cold winters evening around Christmas time.

I love this image as I have exhibited it locally and internationally with great success.

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HAIGH COUNTRY PARK

We travel just a little way outside the town centre for this next image.

The listed stone archway marks the entrance to Haigh Country Park with a road that leads all the way to Haigh Hall itself.

I have always loved that arch and this image captures it perfectly for me.

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WIGAN WALLGATE

For such a relatively small place, the world often wonders why Wigan has two railway stations, but we do.

This is the older of them and of course, you can see the amazing architecture as soon as you approach it - the red brickwork and the iron and glass canopy are the real stand out features.

Many a Wiganer has started and ended a trip on the small cobbles outside the entrance way.

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SCOTSMAN'S FLASH

I am pretty sure that it must be close to being the longest, straightest piece of towpath in the whole country.

Just outside Poolstock this wonderful piece of paving separates the Leeds Liverpool canal (Leigh branch) from the mightily named Scotsmans Flash - here are two view from the middle looking north and south.

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MAKINSON ARCADE

We are back in the town centre for the view along the Makinson Arcade - the iron and glass "greenhouse" style roofing and ornate shops are always eye-catching.

I loved the umbrellas on the roofing when I shot this image and just image the thousands of Wigan folk who have walked up and down here over the years.

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THE STADIUM

Going back to 1999 when it was first opened the stadium has been home to both Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors and it has seen some drama over the years.

It's in need to some work these days and who knows what the future may hold?

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