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Report - St Joseph's Church, Wigan - July 2016

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by ladybrade, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. ladybrade

    ladybrade 28DL Regular User
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    St Joseph's Church, Wigan.
    The Visit

    Bird shit. LOTS of bird shit.

    I've actually been here once before, but it was pitch black, so decided to pop back in and take some pictures on my way through Wigan yesterday.

    History

    The first service at the church 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 increase number of Catholics living in the surrounding area.

    As a consequence of the increasing numbers, with the permission of the Right Reverend Doctor O'Reilly, Bishop of Liverpool, Father Lamon purchased some land adjoining the chapel. 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 worshipers and cost approximately £3,000, which was a considerable amount of money at the time of construction.

    At a further cost of £5,000, with 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. However, it soon become evidence 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.

    In due course, more land adjacent to the church was purchased, and the old premises were removed to make room for the building of a second new church which was completed in 1873 and opened on Sunday, 30th June of that year and is the one that stands to this day.

    There was a planning application in 2002 to turn the church into an indoor climbing centre (which would have been pretty fucking awesome if you ask me), but this unforunately got rejected by the Planning Officer, due to its Grade II Listed status.

    The church, since it's closing (unsure of the year), has fallen into a poor state of disrepair.

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    Thanks for looking / reading :)





     
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  2. Esoteric Eric

    Esoteric Eric 28DL Regular User
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    This looks to have a similar design to the Middlewood asylum church in Sheffield.
     
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