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Latitude: 53.5454 / 53°32'43"N
Longitude: -2.6304 / 2°37'49"W
OS Eastings: 358326
OS Northings: 405601
OS Grid: SD583056
Mapcode National: GBR BW2F.BT
Mapcode Global: WH97Y.K4NW
Entry Name: Municipal Buildings
Listing Date: 11 July 1983
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1384469
English Heritage Legacy ID: 484903
Location: Wigan, WN1
Electoral Ward/Division: Wigan Central
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
SD5805NW HEWLETT STREET
24-1/7/16 (North West side)
11/07/83 Municipal Buildings
Commercial offices, now municipal offices. 1900, by Bradshaw
and Gass of Bolton, for the Royal London Friendly Society;
extended 1939. Red brick in English garden wall bond (ground
floor only), otherwise completely faced with red terracotta;
green slate roofs. Long range to Hewlett Street, with convex
corner and short return to Library Street. Flemish Renaissance
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, 7 bays to Hewlett Street and 3 bays to
Library Street; with a very emphatic convex frieze and
enriched dentilled cornice over the ground floor carried on
very large enriched terracotta consoles, a deep band of
flamboyantly foliated terracotta panels with stone coping
between the 1st and 2nd floors, and balustraded parapets; the
2nd, 5th and 7th bays (and the 1st to Library Street) featured
with tall idiosyncratic Dutch gables and the 6th bay (clasped
between the 5th and 7th) with a wide segmental entrance
archway and an elaborate storeyed bow above finishing in a
squat dome of highly-glazed brown terracotta; and the convex
corner even more elaborately treated, including a canted
arcaded balcony to the 2nd floor and a richly decorated turret
(now lacking its original dome).
Very rich terracotta ornament includes: storeyed canted oriels
to the gabled bays (except the 7th) with fluted pilasters to
both upper floors and herms or mermen at the angles at 2nd
floor; mullioned and transomed windows with dentilled
transoms, those at 1st floor arched in each light (giving a
wave-like effect); and many Art Nouveau motifs. Tall panelled
and corniced chimneys.
INTERIOR not inspected.
Forms group with Town Hall (Library Street, qv) on opposite
side of Hewlett Street, the 2 being the most impressive
buildings in Wigan town centre.
Listing NGR: SD5832605601
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