Wigan – Tuesday 5th December 2017

We had a few days in Harrogate at the start of December.  Originally we had planned to go to Edinburgh, so I booked a hotel off the M6 in Merseyside, but the plans changed!  We decided to utilise the trip from west to east by visiting a couple of branches that were en route.

Neither of us had been to Wigan before and weren’t really sure what to expect.  In fact, the only thing I really knew is that it features in George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier (well worth a read).  There are some nice buildings in the town, including a pretty Arcade called the Makinson Arcade.  The Waterstones is in the Grand Arcade shopping centre.

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Makinson Arcade

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The Wigan Pier area. Probably considerably different from when Orwell visited!

I keep forgetting to record what I was reading at the time of my visit!  In this case it was Winter Magic, a collection of wintery stories selected by Abi Elphinstone and featuring authors such as Emma Carroll and Katherine Woodfine.  Perfect seasonal reading!

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