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on Thu 11 Jan - 18:23
These images show the sorry state of an historic Wigan church now blighted by long disuse and vandalism. St Joseph’s RC Church on Caroline Street closed its doors to worshippers more than 20 years ago and the new pictures reveal it has since deteriorated into a truly sad condition.


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on Thu 11 Jan - 18:34
That was the church that I grew up with,I was brought up nearby.the right hand door keeps being stoved in,we parked on Go Outdoors a couple of months ago had a look inside,it was very sad seeing it in that state,it was caked in pigeon droppings and the smell was horrendous,massive holes in the roof..but has anyone noticed..the statue of St Joseph on the front wall is nearly as white as when I used to pass it going to School.
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on Thu 11 Jan - 18:48
Very sad I was an alter boy at this church
Late fifties /early sixties was literally
terrified of the priests fathers Shea ,
Tobin etc
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on Thu 11 Jan - 18:54
That was my Dads church, im sure he said the school was across the road somewhere near where galloways is, the old B&Q was where another church or school was, i may be wrong on that but im sure he told me that once

Mr Migure ring a bell ??

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on Thu 11 Jan - 19:01
Correct KPC The church and school across the road
was St Thomas's St Joseph's school was at the back of
St Thomas's
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on Thu 11 Jan - 19:09
cheers Gassey,  thought i was correct on that, does a Miguire or migure as a teacher ring a bell to any one, he told me he made them play rugby with a brick instead of a ball
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on Thu 11 Jan - 19:18
The church is right facing GoOutdoors at the bottom of Caroline St..everybody loved Father Shea and had his photo on their sideboards,even my Grandma,but I didn't like him..and Mr Maguire used to whip the boys with a buckled belt,we'd hear them yell,now Sister Frances in the girls side was a horrible person..a Sister Marie on the infants side was like an angel.
St Thomas School was just further down than St Josephs and our School was nearly facing that.
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on Thu 11 Jan - 19:21
Mr Maguire was the headmaster ,there used to be a brilliant photo of him and the rest of the staff on WW,but for some reason it was taken off.
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on Fri 1 Jun - 16:17
St Joseph church,last mass ,27th October,1995.




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on Sat 2 Jun - 9:08
Thanks again MrsA ,this brought so many memories back,didn't the choir sound lovely,I and my School friends sang in the choir when we were 14-15 years old. The man at the door ushering them in is Albert Eckersley..one time Mayor of Wigan,I used to chat with him on WW..he has since passed..we chatted about Wallgate time and time again,he was a lot older than me,but I used to play out with his Sister...it was lovely just to hear the old hymns we used to sing..again thank you.
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on Sat 2 Jun - 13:48
When they sang faith of our fathers , I
was back on the market square on
Whit Monday in the 50s singing me
heart out with a pocket full of half crowns
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on Sat 2 Jun - 13:55
I understand that Gassey,when the choir sang Panis Angelicus I was a fourteen year old singing it in the choir.
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on Sat 2 Jun - 14:43
Bread of angels Maureen such memories
Happy days St Josephs/St Thomas Caroline St 709307421
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on Sat 2 Jun - 16:02
Yes Gassey they were happy days,and they'll never come again. Sad
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on Sun 3 Jun - 20:10
That's brilliant, those hymns made the hair on me neck stand up.
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on Sun 3 Jun - 21:35
They're good for the soul aren't they Joseph.
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on Mon 4 Jun - 10:43
Yes indeed Mo, Faith Of Our Fathers is one of my favourites having heard and sang from a very early age.
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on Mon 4 Jun - 11:11
Wasn't it great Joseph when we all sang it on the Market Square..I get tearful just thinking about it all.
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on Mon 4 Jun - 11:23
I never went to the Market Square with St Williams but my elder sister went to St Patrick's school and when they walked I followed them and sang along.
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on Mon 4 Jun - 11:30
Awww Joseph, you must have really enjoyed it.
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on Mon 4 Jun - 12:13
I did and the nuns got used to me walking along with my sister, they would invite me into school after for a drink of pop with the St Pats kids. One or two of the nuns were extremely strict and aggressive, to be honest very scary.
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on Mon 4 Jun - 12:50
You never knew the nun over us girls Joseph ..Sister Francis..somebody once said on WW.."I start to shake just typing her name"she was a terror..yet the one over the little uns was like an angel...if you've never seen the film Philomena it gives you a good idea of what they used to be like..not all of them bear in mind
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on Mon 4 Jun - 13:54
Maureen was the nun that you mentioned
that was over the little ones sister Damien
I vaguely remember a sister in charge with
this name
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on Mon 4 Jun - 14:15
Gassey,it was Sister Marie that was over the little ones,I remember Sister Damien but for the life of me can't recall whether she took over Sister Marie or not,Sister Damien if my memory serves me well was good looking..Father Cronin must thought so too,I used to see them have a quiet chat at the back of St Josephs church..sat in the dark,that was after we'd been singing in the choir at Benediction...Father Cronin was a rum 'un to say the least.
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