Historic Buildings in the Heritage Action Zone

A list of buildings selected to reflect the architecture, significance, and overall contribution made to the history of the area.

Each individual building will be updated as the project continues and research has been completed.

King Street

2-24,  Grimes Arcade

An iconic structure containing two buildings and an arcade.


26-34, Georgian Townhouses

The Georgian era spans the years from 1714 to 1837, covering the reigns of George I, II, III and IV, as well as that of William IV.  It was an era of great social, political and cultural changes. It includes the start of the Industrial Revolution, the emergence of Romanticism in art and literature, and the expansion and dominance of the British Empire through exploration and war.


36-44, Victoria Building including the early Telephone Exchange. 

Also housed one of the earliest restaurants, shops and offices in King Street.


Royal Court Theatre built in 1886 a truly magnificent building with years of history. 


54-58, Victorian Townhouses  Former County Court, currently Madam Geneva's


1-3, Former Nat West Bank


7-15, 5 Georgian Houses

The history and recollections of a Georgian Grade 2 listed building.


21-25, King Street

The history and recollections of a Georgian Grade 2 listed building in King Street.


27, County Playhouse

Some history and memories of the building


Faggy Lane

Entrance & Bridge

Ancient lane in place before King Street was constructed. Read about the Battle of Faggy Lane.


47, Former Savings Bank

Stands on the site of the Wigan Dispensary


35-45, Leader's Building

An early base for the Freemasons more recently known as The Turnkey Cellars. Who is it named after?


Library Street

The Museum of Wigan Life

Three munificent men of Wigan and a renowned architect that built an everlasting monument to learning and knowledge.


33-53, Wallpaper Supplies building 

Formerly Timberlake's car showroom and garages, including College Chambers and former Corn Merchants


Rodney Street

4, Christian Meeting House

Read about a nonconformist religion which was founded in 1841 by Timothy Coop, with links to more information about Timothy.



From right to left - Minorca, Rothwell's and Meek's

17-19, Meeks Building

Three generations of the Meek Family from 1831 - 1884, and a business run on strong Christian principles.


25, Rothwells

Find the history of John Rothwell, Wigan's own "Willy Wonka" from Goose Green, and his family, who built a large coffee and cocoa business, between 1850 and 1935.


27-29,  Minorca Inn - now the Berkeley (also 2-6, King Street)

Trace the history of the site from the late 1700's and the transformation and development of the building.


Rowbottom Square

Square and Observer Building


Bretherton Row



Barrack Square

An interesting glimpse into the history of Barrack Square and Yard.


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