Looking up Wallgate by Mick Byrne (Panasonic TZ100)
Comment by Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 3rd May 2017 at 03:02
Oh memories ! I haven't seen that view since about 1973 but it is very familiar. My bank was on the left (just out of view), and a restaurant I frequented is on the right. Thanks Mick.
Comment by Alan lad on 3rd May 2017 at 04:20
Street cleaners done a grand job.
Comment by irene roberts on 3rd May 2017 at 08:38
The restaurant you frequented, Alan, was probably The Wallgate, which was opposite the post office. You went upstairs to it. It was very popular.
Comment by kath on 3rd May 2017 at 09:04
I paid a visit last week but I didn't notice the trees there. Nice to see a bit of greenery in the town
Comment by Garry on 3rd May 2017 at 10:39
Much better when it was two-way traffic, better shops and fast food outlet shut. But that's only my opinion.
Comment by A.W. on 3rd May 2017 at 11:37
One of the few views of Wigan that still looks (relatively) like Wigan! Thanks for this Mick.
Comment by Mick on 3rd May 2017 at 12:19
Its interesting photos like this one that makes me wonder who would have been the last person to stand on the balcony on the left, and also wonder what they would be having for there dinner in them days.
Comment by Howard P on 3rd May 2017 at 12:55
I suspect pies Mick.
Comment by Veronica on 3rd May 2017 at 13:16
At least the Clarence is out of sight with the clientele stood at the front! The trees give a little bit of a continental air about the scene and as AW says 'it still looks relatively like Wigan' and that is nice to see.
Comment by Syd on 3rd May 2017 at 13:42
As stated by Gary this is now obviously one way traffic. I'm Intrigued, how do people, and buses get to Newtown from Wigan these days? Fabulous photo!
Comment by irene roberts on 3rd May 2017 at 15:27
They come off the bus-station via what was The Grand Hotel, Syd, then King Street West,(out of sight on the above photo,) then turn right and down past Wigan North Western, under Wallgate Bridge and on to Newtown.
Comment by Maggie K on 3rd May 2017 at 15:32
It does look nice and clean and the trees make a big difference.
Comment by Garry on 3rd May 2017 at 15:46
Sid from Wigan bus station, up King Street West and turn right at Wallgate railway station, on to lower Wallgate and Newtown.
Agree with Veronica about the Clarence or is it the new Dole den Inn.
Comment by Derek Platt on 3rd May 2017 at 16:59
I agree with you guys,this pic definitely still looks like the Wigan we expats know. Now if you turn around and take a pic looking down Wallgate I don't know if I would feel the same cos I was always drunk on the way home
Comment by Tracey on 3rd May 2017 at 18:32
Smashing picture. Compared too a few decades ago, Wigan is looking fantastic.
Comment by Mary R on 4th May 2017 at 08:54
Could the restaurant Alan mentions have been the Berni Inn, inside the Minorca? I'm not sure the Wallgate was up and running in 1973.
Comment by britboy on 4th May 2017 at 13:31
I can still imagine the policeman directing traffic at the top of the hill
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