ST JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH - WIGAN - AUGUST 2021

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TheBackpackExplorer

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The History
St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church has been derelict since the last mass took place in October 1995 - In 1877, the second designed rebuild was done by Mr. Goldie, of the firm of Messrs - Goldie & Child, London. Originally, The first service was held on 22nd January, 1871, in a small chapel that on Caroline Street.

In April 1872 the first build of the new church housed 500 - 600 worshippers before more land adjacent to the church was purchased meaning the final build of the church could be built to accommodated more worshippers within the area. The adjoining Presbytery was built for the accommodation of three priests, which is now converted into flats - St Joseph's church still retains its Grade II listed status to this day.


The Explore
Having seen how this site had been given a recent clean up I decided to take a trip to see the beautiful building while it still stands. Inside the architecture is still as stunning as ever & the size of the church really takes you back with its high ceilings. Access is a squeeze & you will be greeted by the local pigeon army but this site is really worth a visit until it is sadly no longer available.


The Photography...

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Thankyou for reading & enjoy the Decay :)
 

Dirus_Strictus

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Worst from what viewpoint?
Just that very point - From the days when this church was full of Worshipers every Sunday and Service days to now, the present day! For whatever reasons, the Congregation has dispersed and we are left with what we see here. The author of this report has produced a very fitting memorial to this old place of Worship.
 

Andrew J

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Does anyone know if it is still owned by the Diocese? Is it on the Buildings at Risk register?
 

sadlerwells

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As a church crawler myself I always find it heartbreaking to see them end up like this. Superb photos
Me too.
Coincidentally walked past this building a few days ago, (while on the Water Road to Wigan Pier) remembered seeing this report so came back to look for it.
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