A walk around Wigan #4

I promised you a post about Wigan’s parish church and the town’s railway stations.

Let’s start at the church. All Saints’ church, pictured above, is the parish church of Wigan in Greater Manchester and stands on a hill just off Wallgate in the town centre.

The church was almost completely rebuilt in the middle of the 19th century replacing an earlier church or churches first founded before the Domesday Book.

In the years since it was first built there have been several restoration projects that have included replacing the copper roof with a stainless steel type.

According to the church’s website, ‘Major problems were found in 2000 with the stone work of the tower its louvres, gargoyles and pinnacles. Also the north and south nave roofs needed recovering as did the tower and vestry roofs. The stained glass was also in need of urgent repair.’ There have also been dry rot problems requiring repair.

Ending my photowalk around Wigan, I headed back to catch my train home. Was the gargoyle above praying for a safe return journey?

The photograph above is of Wigan’s Wallgate railway station. The town’s other railway station stands just across the road from it. The need for two stations lies in the different destinations they serve. The Wallgate station serves the Manchester-to-Southport line and the Manchester-to-Kirkby line. The station is older and more ornate than its sibling across the street.

Wigan-North-Western railway-station – the station that I’d be travelling home from – is more modern and has undergone a recent facelift. The platform shown above (platform 4) is where I was waiting for my Northern-Line train (Liverpool-bound). I had to wait though for the Avanti-Rail London-express train to call and to collect its passengers. This platform also serves trains to Birmingham-New-Street.

Platform 1 above isn’t used as often as some others and mainly serves Bolton and Manchester via Walkden. Platform 2 is no longer in use.

Platform 5, across the rails, serves Avanti-West Coast lines northbound to Glasgow and to Edinburgh-Waverley stations. It also serves Northern-Line services to Preston, Blackpool and to Barrow. Platform 6, not pictured, serves Merseyrail services from Liverpool and St Helens operated by Northern-Line.

As you’ve probably inferred from the service descriptions above, Wigan-North-Western was certainly the better station of the two on which to splash investment cash.

I think that the station loudspeaker is announcing the imminent arrival of my train. so it’s goodbye to Wigan for the moment. Tomorrow we’re going to pastures new, as they say.

Today’s photo is a view of All-Saints Parish-Church from the rear of the church in Hallgate.

EXIF Data were: I used my Fujifilm X-T4, 26 MP, cropped-sensor, mirrorless camera paired with a Fujinon XF 10-24 mm f/4 lens. Shutter speed was 1/500 secs @ f/4 and 12.6 mm. ISO was 160.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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