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Mrs Rodens was the other shop in Scot Lane. I lived opposite and remember taking empty pop bottles back for which i got 1 penny. With the money i would buy 2onz kalie which was eaten with my finger or if i had enough money a stick of liquorice,(can't remember washing my hands either) Yummy Ha! Ha! Christine Ackland (nee Hunter), Southampton Hampshire, UK

28th May 2010

Yes Adrian your right Anne used to be my best friend and she went on to marry Albert Bill,s son. Anne nee Molyneux used to live opposite the shop in Scot lane and the last i heard they had moved to Standish. I would love to be in contact with them if anyone can help. Christine Ackland (nee Hunter), Southampton Hampshire, UK

28th May 2010

Jack and Eric Postlethwaite in Ince,great lads,you couldn`t get much more Wigan than those two. Also Joe Horrocks grocers and offy at Orrell,a great guy.Used to call me love like a lot of Wiganners did. Adrian, Southport, uk

18th May 2010

I remember Bill and Alice Naylors on Scot Ln. too.I used to deliver bacon and tomatoes there in the late 70`s early 80`s.Kitty used to give me a kitkat as I had only just left school when I first started delivering with my dad.A lady called Anne worked there too. They used to like watching the wrestling at Southport ,and we used to get the tickets for them.I think they went to live up Pepper Ln in Standish.Great people,great times. I also delivered to Bert Olivers,later became Grindleys . I knew most of the butchers and grocers in Wigan Ted Crews,Jimmy Briers,Harold Grimes,Fred Jackson,Turners,Tom Winnard,Crooks,Wanes to name just a few.Most of them sadly gone. Adrian, Southport, uk

18th May 2010

In answer to Christine Ackland nee Hunter.How well i remember naylors shop I was born and lived across the road.My brother John used to take orders out for Mr Naylor,until John had to do his national service.and i remember only to well the big slabs of butter,the best i have ever tasted my dad used to send me to the shop every day after school and pay at the end of the week. My friend Mildred Kay lived next door. I also remember Murphys shop you could buy paraffin and sweets at the same time!!!!!! From Kathleen Waterhouse nee Bradshaw kathleen waterhouse, buckley, clwyd. n wales

2nd May 2010

to brian kellie, the clothes shop at the top of anderton st ince, was called thomases as you said, but it wasnt barbaras shop, her name was barbara blanchard and she only worked there kathleen meadwell nee molloy, ince wigan, england

1st May 2010

Does anyone remember Bill Naylors shop in Scot Lane?. I can remember the big slabs of butter and lard with the huge knife sticking out, (wonder what health and safety would make of this today) Also the loose biscuits. Mrs Rodens shop was opposite my house and all I ever wanted to do as child was to work in a shop and weigh things on the scales. 2onz of kailie 1/4 of Uncle Joes. I also took geat delight in taking the pop bottles back and getting money on them. I also remember going to the chippie for an upside down mixture. I remember there was another sweet shop at the bottom of Scot Lane I think we called it Old Murphy's, can anyone elaborate? Love to hear from anyone who remembers me. Christine Ackland (nee Hunter), Southampton, U.K.

27th Mar 2010

Hello, Brian! I remember the shop well from my childhood. It was Ashurst's then but older people still called it Cain's, (the previous owner). The grandson of old Mr. Cain is a friend of mine. He lives in London but often comes to Wigan and visits Valerie, one of the daughters of the Ashursts'. I rang him when I saw your query, and he rang Valerie, and she remembers your Mother well. When Valerie got married in the 1960s, the family went to the wedding but were able to keep the shop open in the capable hands of the staff,one being your Mother.She recalls that your Mum was a small person, that she lived at 6, The Grove, Higher Ince, and worked for Doran's before she worked for Ashurt's. Irene Roberts, wigan,lancs, England

26th Mar 2010

does anybody remebers my mother edna kellie she worked in ashurst cake shop in belle green lane ince for many years until she moved to blackrod were she died in2005 brian kellie, blackrod bolton, u k

25th Mar 2010

Janet, do you remember the little sweet shop at the corner of Marsden st that the St Marks girls used to frequent? Miss Lathom caught us in there a few times when she came in for her cigaretts! Carol, wigan, england

20th Mar 2010

What a shame you can't get Uncle Joe's.....my son found some in a store in America! It was either New York or San Francisco, and my husband and I have spotted them in many places in this country. There is an Uncle Joe's shop in Wigan now, and I'm sure you could get some posted to you.....a little taste of home! Irene Roberts, wigan,lancs, England

3rd Mar 2010

does anyone remember my mother, annie mosley who had the outdoor licence onwarrington rd.spring view in the 70`s she was in the shop until it was pulled down. john mosley, orrell wigan, england

1st Mar 2010

I remember a sweet shop on the corner of a road which led towards Rathbones Bread factory. I used to go to St. Mark's School for girls from 1966 to 1969 when Miss Liptrot was the Headmistress. I used to go to the sweetshop with my friend Kathleen Johnson and we would buy a quarter of midget gems. They were our favourites. I still buy them from time to time. You can't get Uncle Joe's mintballs in Oxon. I used to love them too. janetbunyan(nee glaister), Oxon, UK

17th Feb 2010

Does anyone remember my dads shop in wigan lane John Atherton Sweets and tobacco at the corner of freckleton street? brenda lee, wigan, england

16th Feb 2010

I remember rossingtons shop on the corner of first avenue hindley taking milk and pop bottles back to get toffee with great days. paul chaplin, wigan, lancashire

30th Dec 2009

to Brian Kelly.....have only just read through these memories of shops and noticed you mentioned a chippy in Ince Green Lane near to the old school. It was Maggie Scott's. Irene Roberts, abram wigan, lancs

27th Dec 2009

I was born on Taylor St in 1950. At the bottom of the street was an off licence which was like a magnet to kids. The smell of beer and Bensons crisps with blue wrapped bags of salt was compulsive ! Then we would stand in a tunnel ( under a rail line ) I think accross from the shop and chomp away. Bill Ralphson, Preston, England

15th Dec 2009

Hi Phil, yes Rachel's surname was Clark. Lovely character! Susan, Alicante., Spain

1st Dec 2009

Hi Susan,my Auntie Ann says was Rachel"s last name next door to your shop Clark.As for our Ann"s photo at Bangor Station,she says it is not her underneath the letter N although another messager says it is.Our Anne says it was the year above her. Phil, wigan, England

27th Nov 2009

I remember the huge potato scales and the tiny toffee scales...the penny tray...the strings of paper bags; brown square ones for fruit and veg, and white three-cornered ones for toffees and strong brown paper carriers with string handles, and best of all...NO PLASTIC! "Twink" home-perms and Fairy Snow and dolly-blues, and cards on the wall holding combs and babies' dummies and little bottles of patent medicines which our Mams swore by, and big bottles of Lucozade wrapped in crinkly yellow paper, and a sign appearing in the window as the days grew chilly and the nights drew in...JOIN OUR CHRISTMAS CLUB.Remember? irene roberts nee griffiths, abram wigan, uk

22nd Nov 2009

Hi Phil, I do remember all the names that you've mentioned. My dad also used to work with Harry. Do you remember Rachel that lived next door to our shop? She always wore a pinny and clogs. Susan, Alicante, Spain

29th Oct 2009

Phil if you take a look at Photos of Wigan -at the top of this page - under the Album heading choose schools then Moss Lane. On the one at Bangor station I feel sure Ann Ellison is the girl under the "N" in Bangor. RG, Wigan, England

28th Oct 2009

To Susan,Alicante.My father Brian Lawton,lived at 10 Moss Lane before he was married along with his step-sister and brother Graham and Ann Ellison.Enjoying sharing these memories with you. Phil, Wigan, England

25th Oct 2009

does anybody remember jack,s shop in worsley mesnes ian purdham, wigan, england

18th Oct 2009

Does anyone remember a sweet shop in Pemberton on the same side as England's butchers (between there and what is Tracey's now or GTs or whatever its called? Jill jill jones, ex of wigan, Wales

7th Oct 2009

alice kennards chipshop remember it well and nice to hear from bill waldron who used to live in rylands street along with his whippet called laddie i was only asked about you the other day by kathleen caufield an old friend who by the way still lives at number 42 we were just wandering how many of us olduns are still alivelovely to know you are bill hope you are keeping well Dave david ashurst, wigan, great brittain

12th Sep 2009

Hi Phil, Thanks for your comments. I'm glad that you made the acknowledgement. Yes, My dad's name is Cliff and he did work at the glass works. If your aunty lived at number 10, she must have been opposite our shop and not far from 'The Railway'. Susan, Alicante, Spain

4th Sep 2009

maud and joes corner shop on corner of giants hall road.I could ve spent ages perusing thier penny tray! sharon catterall, wigan, uk

2nd Sep 2009

In reply to Susan,Alicante. I used to go to this corner shop on saturday morning to get our weekly shopping.I then had to carry it down Liverpool Rd,to our house opp. the sewing factory Quelrayn.My Auntie used to live at 10 Moss Lane.I think your dad,s name was Cliff Parkinson who later worked at the Glass Work,s. Phil, wigan, England

28th Aug 2009

form rose bridge to ince bar has i remember it was alex wigins joners then a chip shop imperiai pub at the top off hall st it was sandersons sweet shop then jim leylands painters parrs fireplaces riurs bike shop and see had a petrol pump then next was a cake shop then the post office a paper shop next shop was a iorn morgers then the pawnshop next door was the maypole whalleys temp bar a cake shop miss simms childer dress shop chemist bank turners hardware melling buthers then the last shop on this side was a food shop goinging back from smithy green to rose bridge it was simms plumbers genthairdrees dorans cake sop doctors mortons dress shop charley oneils tv shop coop shop grundays a chip shop a ladieshairdreeser and food shop then barbaras thomass i know because i was born in hall st brian kellie, blackrod bolton, uk

25th Aug 2009


24th Aug 2009

Hi Linda...Hope you had a great time in Wigan and you met up with your relatives and friends..I will be going myself in the coming weeks..Lennie Lennie, ashford, U.K.

18th Aug 2009

HI Lennie Sorry its took so long to answer but we have been visiting Wigan got back two days ago I am not sure of the girls at the bottom of Cecil St I remeber Clarks or was it bennets the had a grandma who lived in Derby St Mrs Clark linda Housley, metung, australia

16th Aug 2009

Wow, I did a Google search for Kennards chippy and fount this site. I lived in Rylands St and well remember Phil and Alice Kennard's at the Gidlow Lane end. I recall that Phil was killed in car accident and Alice remarried (Eddie? Fishman?). Anyway it's great to recall old memories Bill Waldron, State College, Pennsylvania, USA

10th Aug 2009

hi....re the fashion shop opposite Francas.....I remember one further up towards Rose Bridge. It was Barbara Thomas's. irene roberts nee griffiths, wigan,lancs, England

7th Aug 2009

I remember well Woodcocks for their jublies, and Franca who ran a chemist with a clothes shop next door,on Ince Bar.The smell walking past Ashursts cake shop was gorgeous and I remember Lily's toffee shop at the top of Belle Green Lane.But can anyone remember the name of the lady who had a fashion clothes shop in the 60s, opposite Franca's chemist. My Mum was always in there but I don't remember her ever buying anything. I think it was next door to O'Neills telly shop. Angela, Ince in the 60s/70s, England

18th Jul 2009

I remeber the chippy opposite the Bird i'th'Hand. Many years ago I was a bobby in Hindley and it was a favourite early shift brew spot. We used to call her 'Old Ma Watkins'. She would start peeling all the spuds by hand at 6 in the morning, chip them by hand and then melt huge blocks of lard to fry them in. She would always have a cig and a brew ready in the back kitchen for Eddie the fishmonger. Great old lady who eventually ended up in hospital with leg problems. Ian, Westhoughton, England

30th Jun 2009

Hi Linda...Just like to add I remember Dorothy Higham..I am sure she was a bit older than Eric and if my memory is correct she went to St, Marys junior school when me and Jimmy Allen was there,, I dont remember her sister though ??? Can you recollect the names off two sisters who lived in the second house from the railway wall at the bottom of Cecil St..I last saw them when I was about 15 yrs. Regards Lennie lennie ashton, ashford, UK

28th Jun 2009

Does anyone remember the old chippy across from bird in'th hand pub on wigan road ,an old lady used to run it on her own in the 70's .i used to live in waverly road in them days in 70's.and always went there for a supper . dave, bolton, england

15th Jun 2009

Hi Sandra yes he had red hair who knows it might be grey now ha ha not seen him for years but hoping to catch up with him when we come to Wigan at the end of June linda Housley, metung, australia

4th Jun 2009

hya linda does eric have red hair and when he was young he was quite a big lad sandra davies nee turner, wigan, england

2nd Jun 2009

HI Sandra dont know if Eric worked at potters but he did live in lower ince he has two sisters Dorothy and Aileen linda Housley, metung, australia

2nd Jun 2009

hya linda can i ask did the eric higham you talk about ever work at potters herbal supplies in layland mill lane and lived in lower ince if its the same person i worked with him it would be interesting to catch up thank you. sandra davies nee turner, wigan, england

31st May 2009

hi bob, i am jay gee's sister. he is off line at the present and he asked me to get in touch with you.we lived on victoria st, must have been practicaly back to back with your house.we remember the Unsworths,Ruth and Trever. Eric and Brenda Hall,Jim and Jackie Eccelston,George Fairhurst,Frank and Betty Crook,all houses long gone to make way for the monstrosity that is now the saddle junction.so sad,it was a thriving community. margaret holden (ganderton), newtown wigan, uk

19th May 2009

Hi Lennie We came to OZ in 1984 I have been back a few times we are coming over in six weeks time so I will have a good look round then We are ready for a good holiday and some good fish and chips ha ha My brother lives in scholes near Eric Higham cant waite to catch up with him linda Housley, metung, australia

13th May 2009

Hi Linda... Yes you are right the HILL has gone, I had a walk around the area last year with Jimmy it is a country park now, very posh eh! How often do you go back to Springview? when did you go to OZ? My sister Marian lived there for 7/8 yrs about 35yrs ago, but she got home sick and came back!!!! Lennie Lennie Ashton, Ashford, UK

12th May 2009

Hi Lennie Yes I remeber the pens at the back of cecil st and many times I went to the big hill its not there any more I think houses have been built and also on the School field I will be visiting the view in July when I go over for a holiday so many changes will have to go to the Wamsley for a drink to see if it has changed linda Housley, metung, australia

8th May 2009

Hi Linda...I left Springview in 1958 also, but I have been back many times to visit relations I have stayed at cousin Jimmys loads of times. The only butchers I can remember apart from Bartons was Websters you must remember his pen at the back of Cecil St, he also had lots of evil dogs (fighting ones I think)Did you ever go over to THE BIG HILL!!! in the fields at the back of Springview school? Lennie Lennie Ashton, Ashford, UK

7th May 2009

Hi Jay Gee...I actually lived on the opposite side of the road to the Legion Field and Rathbones...In our row there was Barry Baldwin, Me, Alan Bishop, Cyril Vincent then Peter and John Hart next to Van's Cafe, also close by...Alan Cunliffe, Brian Winnard, Ken Parkinson, Ian Rayner. Bob Aspey, Wigan, England

6th May 2009

HI Lennie Remember those names I think Christine and Jean Moved about 1958 approx I went to spring view Infants then St marys jr and then back to spring view snr Ther was an hairdresser called rene gore she was my grand dads niece and there was a butcher next to her but cant recall the name of that butcher linda Housley, Metung, Australia

6th May 2009


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