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Old Bluecoat School

A Grade II Listed Building in Wigan Central, Wigan

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Latitude: 53.546 / 53°32'45"N

Longitude: -2.6333 / 2°38'0"W

OS Eastings: 358130

OS Northings: 405673

OS Grid: SD581056

Mapcode National: GBR BW1F.PL

Mapcode Global: WH97Y.J47C

Plus Code: 9C5VG9W8+CM

Entry Name: Old Bluecoat School

Listing Date: 24 October 1951

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1384454

English Heritage Legacy ID: 484888

Location: Wigan Central, Wigan, WN1

County: Wigan

Electoral Ward/Division: Wigan Central

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Wigan

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Wigan All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Liverpool

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BISHOPGATE (East side)
Old Bluecoat School


Church Little House, c.mid C18, later used by a charity school, and more recently as a garage/workshop then latterly as an exhibition room. The Bluecoat school was founded 1773, but the building appears earlier; reference is made in church accounts of 1743 to the 'Church Little House', which is thought to be this building. It was probably restored in C19, remodelled and reduced from 2 storeys since 1951. Coursed sandstone rubble, slate roof. Now a single cell with canted outshut to rear.

EXTERIOR: Gabled single-storey 2-window facade to Bishopgate, symmetrical, with square-headed doorway (now blocked with stone) flanked by mullioned 2-light windows, all these openings with double-chamfered surrounds and hood-moulds; double-chamfered lancet in gable above (now ventilator). 2-window right-hand (south) side has former left window enlarged as garage doorway but now filled by a modern door, and to the right a cross-window, both these openings with hood-moulds; and a blocked cellar window below the latter. Rear gable has extruded chimney; outshut has cross-window in east end.

INTERIOR: Fixed to the interior of the eastern gable wall is the timber frame of one bay of a (probably) C15 house, formerly at No.76 Standishgate (not included). The frame incorporates a 4-centred arched doorway and chevron patterning. King post truss to the roof.

Forms part of important group centred on Church of All Saints (qv).

Listing NGR: SD5813005673

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