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Town Hall (Formerley Wigan and District Mining and Technical College) and Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Wigan Central, Wigan

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Latitude: 53.5451 / 53°32'42"N

Longitude: -2.6299 / 2°37'47"W

OS Eastings: 358356

OS Northings: 405569

OS Grid: SD583055

Mapcode National: GBR BW2F.FX

Mapcode Global: WH97Y.K5W2

Plus Code: 9C5VG9WC+22

Entry Name: Town Hall (Formerley Wigan and District Mining and Technical College) and Railings

Listing Date: 11 July 1983

Last Amended: 8 December 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1384483

English Heritage Legacy ID: 484917

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

Tagged with: City hall

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24-1/7/30 (North East side)
11/07/83 Town Hall (formerly Wigan and
District Mining and Technical
College) & railings
(Formerly Listed as:
Wigan and District Mining and
Technical College)


Technical college, now town hall. 1901-3, by Briggs and
Wolstenholme. Warm red brick in English garden wall bond with
matching terracotta dressings, green slate roofs. Large
rectangular plan on island site. Flemish Baroque style.
EXTERIOR: basement, 2 storeys and attic, 5 bays (2:2:1:2:2
windows), symmetrical; with a gabled centre and
slightly-projecting gabled wings. Basement storey faced with
banded terracotta tiling; moulded cornice to ground floor;
frieze with egg-and-dart enrichment, and prominent modillioned
cornice; steeply-pitched gables, that to the centre with
kneelers and finials and those to the wings open-pedimented
and flanked by colonnaded cupolas. The centre has a wide
flight of steps up to a large segmental-headed archway with
Art Nouveau wrought-iron Art gates, protected by a porch with
blocked Ionic columns, frieze with raised lettering "MINING
TECHNICAL COLLEGE" (now concealed), dentilled cornice and
segmental broken pediment framing a cartouche; above this, a
transomed 6-light window flanked by paired blocked Ionic
columns, and in the gable above a round-headed transomed
6-light window with pilastered architrave and triple keystone.
The flanking bays have round-headed one-light windows at
ground floor, 2-light mullioned windows at 1st floor with
keyed oculi in broken segmental pediments above them, and
2-light attic dormers with ogee pediments. The wings have wide
deeply-recessed segmental-headed 6-light windows at ground
floor, transomed tripartite windows at 1st floor with moulded
architraves framed by panelled Ionic pilasters, and attic
windows like that in the centre. Left return (to Hewlett
Street) has (inter alia) a 6-bay colonnade of blocked Ionic
columns, with tall double-transomed windows.
INTERIOR not inspected.
Basement area protected on both sides by Art Nouveau railings
with square banded piers to gateways flanking the front
entrance and at each end of the side.
Forms group with Municipal Offices on north side of Hewlett
Street (qv), together being the most impressive buildings in
Wigan town centre.

Listing NGR: SD5835605569

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