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Wigan Town - Part 2

Are you ready to explore more parts of Wigan?


Are you ready to discover things you might not have seen before, well Part 2 of the adventure is now ready, so let's see what we have in store today?


We are starting today with a quite remarkable building that is located on King Street West with its junction with Clarence Yard - Alliance Chambers.


It is such a shame that the building is boarded up and crumbling away right now because it is a stunning piece of architecture with its round gable end, reminiscent of the Flat Iron building in New York, but clearly on a much smaller scale.

Just across the road and round the corner from Alliance Chambers lies Wigan Wallgate railway station, one of two rail stations in the town (we don't do things by halves in Wigan).


Like many buildings in the town, the main structure is the vibrant red brick with its ornamental chimneys pointing high to the skies above. The forecourt of the station remains cobbled which is a fantastic feature and is covered by an iron-framed canopy - all very much of the period.

Walking across from the front of the station you will hit the top of King Street, famed for its nightlife and entertainment, but during the day it is often quiet and deserted.


Take a walk down King Street to the junction of Rodney Street and on the terrace of properties that lead to Library Street, there is the Christian Meeting House dating back to 1858.


I know little about this place, but it always reminds me of a Victorian workhouse, I imagine it in years gone by crammed full of grubby-faced children - it probably has a great history, but that is what I always think when I walk past.

Leaving the dark history behind us, we move nicely down to the canal again to a small area of greenery created when the flat were developed and nicely called Trencherfield Gardens and it is a lovely little place tucked away at the side of the towpath, perfect for a brew stop.


On one side you have the Leeds Liverpool Canal and on the other the Mill at the Pier, but in between, there are small trees, benches, and a nice little area of grass.

When you have finished your brew and are ready to explore more, then dropping on to the canal at this point is a great place to start an adventure. Either way will lead you past some great landmarks in Wigan.


Lock 87 is located here right next to the Dry Dock, where you can often see narrowboats being repaired, painted, or generally being checked over.


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