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Report - St Josephs Church - Wigan - August 2016

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by VauxBex, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. VauxBex

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    St Josephs Church - WIgan - August 2016

    The Explore
    Visited with @urblex and @ZF1637 on a day of exploring and after quite an eventful day and a couple of failed explores this one was relatively easy.


    The History
    In October 1870, Father Henry J Lamon (see "St. Joseph's Clergy") was appointed head of the new mission that would soon become the Parish of St. Joseph, Wigan, and it was due to the untiring zeal and great energy of the new Rector that rapid progress was made.​

    The first service was held on 22nd January, 1871, in a small chapel that formerly belonged to the Primitive Methodist Body, in Caroline Street, but in a very short time the building was found to be too small for the increasing numbers of Catholics living in the surrounding Wallgate area.

    Consequently, with the permission of the Right Reverend Doctor O'Reilly, Bishop of Liverpool, Father Lamon purchased some adjoining land to the chapel, at a cost of £500. The old Methodist chapel was then pulled down, and on the site was erected the first church of St. Joseph, which opened in April 1872. This new church was built to accommodate between 500 and 600 worshippers at a cost of £3,000 - a considerable sum at the time.

    At a further cost of £5,000, through the support of his faithful parishioners, by 1874, Father Lamon had built the schools at St. Joseph's, which soon had an average attendance of over 800 scholars!

    However, it soon became evident that the new church was totally inadequate for the requirements of the district, and steps were taken without delay for the erection of a more extensive building.

    The design of the new St. Joseph's Church, the one that so many came to know and love, was entrusted to Mr. Goldie, of the firm of Messrs. Goldie and Child, of Kensington, London, and the contract, which amounted to about £6,000, to Mr. J. Wilson, of Wigan, with Mr. Weatherby acting as clerk of works. In 1877, the foundation stone was laid and blessed by the Right Rev. Dr. O'Reilly, and, together, with the adjoining Presbytery for the accommodation of three priests, the church was completed in 1878 and opened on Sunday, 30th June of that year.

    There was planning permission granted in 2014 to convert the building into an indoor rock climbing centre although for unknown reasons this has never materialized.

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    Your videos not working :(
     
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    It's still processing, says 7 minutes remaining, will work then :)
     
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    Nice one man that was fast, at least we got in here & the other place & I got to see a sluice room :D
     
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    Yeah definitely, and you didn't have a brick fall on your head because you make wiser decisions than me haha @urblex
     
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    Yeah mate you're a hard bastard taking a brick to the head & carrying on, that other place was a fucking death trap respect for doing it
     
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    Haha it really was tbf wasn't worth it at all, but it had to be checked out :)
     
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    I see they have finally got sick of people kicking the front door in and have put a more permanent solution in place!
     
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    How's the head?! love the report :thumb
     
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    It's alright now, bit sore but nothing co-codamol can't cure haha! Thanks, means a lot :thumb @350cewild
     
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    Next time... Take a helmet ;)
     
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    Hey just curious, how does one get inside? Looking to go with a friend and would super appreciate some tips!
     
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    Once you've got a couple of reports up @Tash and introduced yourself etc people will be more inclined to help. As it stands you have 2 messages and you only joined yesterday and you aren't a full member yet. How do we know your not Security, Police, Council etc? Get a couple of reports up of places you've been etc and people on here would be happy to help you :thumb
     
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    If anyone goes back here, I lost a memory card up by the altar/sarcophagus to the side.

    It's bright blue. There is a cash reward if you find it :)
     
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    I'll look when I go next week! :)
     
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