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Save the Chapels

on Wed Sep 13 2017, 13:06
Two decaying former Wigan cemetery chapels within a stone’s throw of each other both figure in a new Top 10 of England and Wales’s most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings. And the Victorian Society is hoping that by flagging up their plight, it might prompt someone to rescue them. The entry on the 10th annual list published today reads: “On the road on the approach into Ince-in-Makerfield, a small town near Wigan, you pass Ince Cemetery. At the entrance is the old cemetery Lodge, Grade II-listed and charmingly restored. If only the same could be said for the two chapels found in the cemetery itself; also Grade II-listed. “They were designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of the Natural History Museum. Waterhouse won the commission as part of a competition and designed two small Gothic chapels, which unlike the adjoining Lodge, have been left empty and boarded up for many years. “The council is currently looking at costing some temporary, short-term repair works, but the long term future for these beautiful chapels remains decidedly bleak.”

Read more at: http://www.wigantoday.net/news/griff-s-call-to-save-chapels-1-8751285

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Re: Save the Chapels

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Re: Save the Chapels

on Wed Sep 13 2017, 16:48
They have been left like that for many years, it's such a shame.
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Re: Save the Chapels

on Wed Sep 13 2017, 19:18
Admin wrote:Two decaying former Wigan cemetery chapels ... the old cemetery Lodge ... were designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of the Natural History Museum.

Read more at: http://www.wigantoday.net/news/griff-s-call-to-save-chapels-1-8751285

Closer to home, Alfred Waterhouse also designed The Museum of Wigan Life building and Manchester town hall. (www.wigan.gov.uk)

It is a shame to see the disused cemetery chapels decay, but difficult to imagine who might save them.
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Re: Save the Chapels

on Wed Sep 13 2017, 19:48
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"It is a shame to see the disused cemetery chapels decay, but difficult to imagine who might save them"

Perhaps someone could start a crowdfunding page. It seems to be a popular way of raising funds.

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Re: Save the Chapels

on Fri Sep 15 2017, 11:46
could the christian churches help to rebuild them they have lots of money
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on Fri Sep 15 2017, 16:12
They can't fill the churches they have at present so why spend monies renovating others?? I'm sure I went to an Indian Restaurant somewhere, maybe Charley, that was a former church/chapel.
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Re: Save the Chapels

on Fri Sep 15 2017, 18:24
Admin wrote: Two decaying former Wigan cemetery chapels .......


I said, "You're Wrong".

And you're still wrong!
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Re: Save the Chapels

on Fri Sep 15 2017, 18:33
stumpy wrote:could the christian churches help to rebuild them they have lots of money

You're not wrong there stumpy. Perhaps all the churches in the Borough would like to chip in to save them?

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Re: Save the Chapels

on Fri Sep 15 2017, 18:37
Unfortunately most of the churches are struggling to save themselves.
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Re: Save the Chapels

on Fri Sep 15 2017, 19:00
My old church St Williams, Ince, has closed for the foreseeable future so I'm told.
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Re: Save the Chapels

on Fri Sep 15 2017, 22:32
Just read that St. Patrick's is to close on order of the diocese. Never thought that day would come.
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Re: Save the Chapels

on Fri Sep 15 2017, 22:46
broady wrote:Just read that St. Patrick's is to close on order of the diocese. Never thought that day would come.

St.Patrick's is nothing to do with the diocese!
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Re: Save the Chapels

on Fri Sep 15 2017, 22:48
Change the record. I quoted as I read. The point I was making was that the church was closing. Pedant.
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Re: Save the Chapels

on Fri Sep 15 2017, 23:07
Laughing
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Re: Save the Chapels

on Sat Sep 16 2017, 07:47
Liverpool Diocese I always thought?
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Re: Save the Chapels

on Sat Sep 16 2017, 10:30
Would it be an idea to use them as an extension of the Wigan Heritage Services?

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Re: Save the Chapels

on Sat Sep 16 2017, 15:19
They 'were' chapels of Ince Cemetery. They have never been part of Wigan Cemetery.
Ince Cemetery is located in Ince, not in Wigan.
It is managed by Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council.


Penny McGinty, Wigan Council’s assistant director for corporate contracts and assets, said :-

" ..... If someone was to bring a proposal to the council about how the buildings could be maintained and brought back into use we would be very interested in having a discussion with them about it.”


I wonder if they'd let me open a wine-bar in one of them, if I ask nicely? Rolling Eyes


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Re: Save the Chapels

on Sat Sep 16 2017, 16:11
Should that not read " whine bar" ?? Very Happy
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