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Wigan History Shop and Careers Office

A Grade II Listed Building in Wigan Central, Wigan

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Latitude: 53.5441 / 53°32'38"N

Longitude: -2.6297 / 2°37'46"W

OS Eastings: 358370

OS Northings: 405459

OS Grid: SD583054

Mapcode National: GBR BW2G.G8

Mapcode Global: WH97Y.K5ZV

Plus Code: 9C5VG9VC+J4

Entry Name: Wigan History Shop and Careers Office

Listing Date: 15 June 1988

Last Amended: 8 December 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1384510

English Heritage Legacy ID: 484944

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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24-1/8/59 (North West side)
15/06/88 Wigan History Shop and Careers
(Formerly Listed as:
Wigan Central Library)


Public library, now shop and office. 1877, by Alfred
Waterhouse. Red brick in English bond, with dressings of
sandstone and patent ceramic, graduated slate roof. T-plan,
with entrance, staircase and offices in block facing Rodney
Street, library in long rear wing parallel to Library Street.
Elizabethan Revival style with some Gothic features.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with basement and attics. The entrance
front has a large 2-centred arched doorway to the left, of
pale patent ceramic in Gothic style, with set-in colonnettes,
moulded arch and a gable with a roundel containing a relief
profile of Dante; above this, a pair of narrow transomed and
cusped windows with linked hood-moulds; to the right, a
stepped pair of cusped lancet stair windows with hood-moulds,
and a 4-light 1st-floor window; and twin gables each with a
3-light mullioned attic window. The facade to Library Street
is a symmetrical composition consisting of a 4-bay rear wing
set back from the street between the gable of the front range
and a balancing projected gable to the right: the former has a
chimney-stack extruded from 1st floor level with a carved coat
of arms in the base, and triple cylindrical chimneys; the wing
has buttresses with offsets, tall 2-light windows at ground
floor, 3-light mullioned windows at 1st floor with shouldered
lights, a corbel table, a parapet and 3-light dormers with
hipped roofs. Basement area protected by wrought-iron railings
with dogbars, scrolled panels and triple spikes.
INTERIOR: original balconies, shelving, decorative iron and
wooden fencing; good staircase with iron balustrade; aisled
upper floor with galleries, arch-braced roof trusses. An
unusually unaltered municipal library by a well-known

Listing NGR: SD5837005459

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