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Co-op on Market StreetSome shops that no longer exist but people may remember.

In Wallgate there was Ashtons (Tobacconists), James Star's (Bookshop) they also had a printers in Dorning Street. In Market Place, Maypole (Grocers), Meadow Dairy (Grocers). In Market Street, The Golden lion (Pub) does anybody remember the golden lion on the wall?, Lowes (Department Store), UCP (Restraunt and Tripe shop a Lancashire delicacy of yesteryear). Conroys also had some wholesale storage opposite the old market, then there was the two rows of wooden stalls by the side of the Market this is where you would buy your fresh fruit. In Standishgate there was the Rendesvous (Cafe), Woolworths also had a store, Woodhouses (Furniture shop), Mark Williams (Butchers) R O Laces (Cake Shop), and there was the Dog and Partridge pub at the corner of Church Street. In Mesnes Street there was the Scotch Bakery and Cafe, and in Station Road Pools had a Department Store.

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Anyone remember the lovely petite silver haired (often with a lilac rinse )lady ( Bessie Mitchinson)on the reception desk at Lowes hair Salon upstairs??..Nora Webster was manageress I think...? That silver/lilac rinsed lady was my Nan! Susan Rynn, wigan, uk

10th Oct 2008

 
I also went to the dancing school from 1945 to 1953. It was run by Tom and Hilda Moss and thei mother who we called Madame Moss. There was tap and ballet on Saurday mornings with Miss Moss and ballroom dancing in the afternoon with Hilda and Tom. They then ran a dance in the evening.During the war our rations were bought at the Meadow Dairy. I used to live in Bridgeman Terrace opposite the road leading to Rylands Mill. I was Lorna Gimson then. Lorna Bennett, Burnham, Bucks, UK

10th Oct 2008

 
Evelyn, Wigan, England' i dont know if my sister wendy answered you. yes our mum was margaret brown(nee wood) sammy/simpson/laddie woods was our uncle sadly he died in a car crash while on holiday in scotland two weeks ago.auntie bea died last wednesday,their funeral was this morning. jeanette, skelmersdale, england

26th Sep 2008

 
I remember Oliver Somers sports shop, an Allandin's cave. I remember John Somers who was my age and was friendly with the group I hung around with. He kindly lent us his tent for a holiday and say we were the best equipped on that Windermere camp site was an understatement. Janet Garland (nee Ramsdale), Todmorden, UK

5th Sep 2008

 
doin well in her this is the 200th posting I win a bottle of whiskey. I started a whikey diet last week I lost 3 days already cliff (bloo), wigan, England, Gt Britain, United Kingdom

10th Aug 2008

 
Hi Marian, my email is c.cunningham06@tiscali.co.uk if you would like a natter. c.cunningham, Wigan., gr.manchester

9th Jul 2008

 
Hi Kitty how time flies I suppose it must be 50 years since the Taylor's Bridge Days and having sandwiches from McAndlishes. I've been living in Sheffield for 45 years. Glad to hear you still keep in touch with Beatrice. I remember when her dad mended our clocks & watches. Marion M, Shefield, England

8th Jul 2008

 
Hey Y,ALL bless my soul its first Time I visited this site, I,ve been abused an used someone usin my name and me buyin clogs too big for me oh ok, that was true. very interestin reading, bit to late to comment on some stuff already said but still I,ll visit, great stuff keep it commin cliff (bloo) higham, wigan, England, Gt Britain, United Kingdom

6th Jul 2008

 
Yes Marion it is I who worked at Tayors Bridge.Thats some time ago now. Were you still there when I left? I still exchange Christmas cards with Beatrice. Kitty Cunningham nee Connaughton, Wigan., england

5th Jul 2008

 
Kitty Cunningham who used to work at Taylors Bridge Baron & Sykes (nee Kitty Connaughton) I remember working with you I worked for Alice Gwilliam when you worked for Gerard McHugh (must be you) Marion M, Yorkshire, England

27th Jun 2008

 
we remember johny come tomorrow as jack come tomorrow wouldn't be able to do that these days ........... PITY rob n sy, wigan, england

26th Jun 2008

 
Growing up in Wigan in the 50s my Grandma used to take me to Poole's for a pie for my dinner - always the one in Standishgate. Next door, up some stairs was a dentist where I spent many a wretched hour having my buck teeth straightened (thank goodness!) Kathy McKie(nee Cook), Newark, Notts, UK

18th Jun 2008

 
Yes i remember gorners cafe in wigan, and lowes cafe. You dont get cafes like them anymore, they where really good. sharon,, ashton-in-makerfield, uk
 
Does anyone remember Gorners Csfe in the Little Arcade. Used to go on a Saturday for lunch after going to Kitty Lee's dancing class when we were rehearsing for a panto held at Thickness Hall in Frog Lane. Maz M, Sheffield, England
 
I remember Albert Hurst on downall green road, He was lovely. I spent most of my childhood in your dads shop, chatting to him and buying 10p toffee mix. Your mum was lily. he had his till on the left when you walked in and the fridge where he kept the butter and ham was in front of you when you went in. I have very fond memories of your mum and dad. My nan owned a chippy in bryn called Cottoms Fish and Chips on wigan road, your dad knew my family well. Does anyone remember cottoms chippy on wigan road in bryn. It was on the opposite side to the coop further down from the pub. Sharon crank (nee: cottom), Ashton, UK
 
LETS NOT FORGET ABOUT THE UNDER GROUND TOILETS AT TOPO WIGIN,THEY WERE SPOTLESS. dee, chorley, uk
 
Just came to this site and was shocked to see people talking about Trucks and record exchange, and even more my old band 'The system' Andy Coward, Mui Wo, Hong Kong
 
No, you have the wront Tom Whalley. This Tom ran a Temperance Bar on Ince Bar and then opened a riding school and kennels in Gathurst when the pet shop closed. J C, Llandudno, North Wales
 
Do you mean Tommy Walley from out of Platt Lane who went to St Pats? Clifton Higham, UK, Wigan
 
Who else remembers Tom Whalley's pet shop at the top end of Millgate? Tom kept a Puma in a cage in the shop and regularly exercised it on a lead around Wigan! No `risk assessments' in those days! Who else saw this - I can't be the only one. J.C., Llandudno, North Wales
 
hi denise here got your message my e.mail is brianjohnson58@hotmail.comdont know if sandra has a e mail address denise johnson re gaskell, wigan, england
 
I remember the Scotch Bakery, was it not called Baileys ? It was opposite the back Congregational church on the corner of a wide cobbled alley. We had meat & potato pies from there, not much meat, lots of potato but thats how I liked them, was a budding Vege even back then. When I used to get off the Ribble bus from Ormskirk, where I went to school, I would go into Baileys for a Parkin, great round, soft, chewy, gingerbread biscuit & eat it as I walked through the alley to Dicconson St, where I was living with my Auntie Greta Bryson & family. There was a shoe shop in Mesnes St where you stood on a unit that x-rayed your feet, my mother always bought ' sensible' shoes for me there ! I also remember the little arcade, I got red tap dancing shoes from a shop there, maybe Bon Marche, they tied up with red ribbon. I went tap dancing upstairs in a building opposite the original bus station, don't remember what the school was called, anyone know ? I can still sing ' Roll a Silver Dollar down upon the Ground' all the way through, can't tap dance nearly half as well now ! My Grandpa used to take me to the Makinson Arcade to the Tea & Coffee Importers, I would sit on a chair while he made his purchases, look at all the pottery jars with chinese designs on...all tea or coffee was weighed into thick blue bags & the aroma was wonderful. I love reading about all these places & people in bygone days of Wigan. This website is not just pure nostalgia it will be a history lesson for future generations. Helen West, Sheringham, UK
 
Does anyone remember the Court Hall where we danced on Saturday's. You had to have a ticket to get in and if you were late you told the man on the door you were a Nurse at the Infirmary. And the Rainbow Jazz Club held on Monday nights also at the Court Hall downstairs. Lewis's Cafe on Standishgate was also a favourite haunt particularly on Sunday nights! Happy Days. Marion M, Sheffield Yorks, UK
 
does anyone have any pics or memories of. the beehive pond in new springs?i was gutted when they filled it in. for whatever reasons.anythin will do. you can email me @ beepe07@yahoo.co.uk bert, wigan, lancashire
 
Reply: molly, queensland, australia sissy ryan was my mums auntie did u no the family. sissy's real name is Hanorah. and my mums name was Norah Ryan named after her. B.Mack, Wigan, UK
 
hello Denise,I haven't checked this site in a while.What is your e-mail adress or Sandras .Christine would love to be able to contact her.We have been in Canada since 1981.Is Sandra with her family.Next time you talk to her would you tell her. JEFF HALLSWORTH, toronto, canada
 
Just spent some time going hrough all these postings! I'd forgotten a lot of the places so thanks to all who have revived the memories. Does anyone remember Cunliffes' shop in Millgate? It was my grandmother's shop and it was pulled down when they built the Civic Centre. Try as I can I can't find any photographic record of the shop. Can anyone help? Graham Parkinson, Wellington, UK
 
yes i remember you jeffery those were good times at newway caff my sister sandra is now in the canary isles she been there for 10 years now please get in touch if you want a chat bye for now denise denise johnson re gaskell, wigan, england
 
How nice to read all these stories! I remember my mum treating me and my sister Audrey for a posh haircut at Andre Bernards and dancing to Roxy Music, from Mick the DJ, with my mate Kay Melling at Leo's. Where are you Kay?? What happened to my class mates at Mesnes High School (76-79 class 2/3)? The pasties with onions in Wigan are the best on earth! Julie Stretch, Utrecht, NL Julie Stretch, Utrecht, The Netherlands
 
Does anyone remember Bannister's cake shop in Greenough Street (corner of Mount Street), this belonged to my Grandfather who during the war used to deliver bread all around Wigan on a three-wheeled bike. He gave up the shop in the early 50's and it became Taylor's pet shop. Grandfather then went to live in New Zealand with his daughter. Incidentally the famous Pendlebury's fire was on a Saturday night in August 1953 - we were having a Bon Voyage party for my Aunt, who was returning to New Zealand the following week!! I remember being taken to see the smouldering embers after Sunday School at Standishgate Methodist Church, which was on the corner of Dicconson Street. Barbara, Gloucester, England
 
The Billiards & Snooker Hall was underneath the County Cinema & you went down steps at a side door. The top table was very near a wall & there was a very short cue to use if you were near this wall. Ernest Pyke, Shevington, England
 
One for the lads, remember going down the ball hall (snooker place ) behind the county pictures. Watching the gud uns playing billiards and getting a set of snooker balls from Little Harry. degs, fernie, canada
 
John Gorner, St Helens, did you go to Ashton Grammar school and was friends with Billy Tattum, Les Chamberlane, Peter Kenyon? If so I remember you, we were in the same class at least one year. janet, Tallahssee Florida, USA
 
I remember blutos and my friend julie cullen I told my mum and dad I had been to blutos when actually I had been to the beir keller and thats where I met my ex husband I also remember the ucp and the heavy silver dishes and the trifle memories judith, wigan, england
 
I still use, every day, a glass drinking mug from Oobidoo in Wallgate. An uncle of mine, was Manager at the `Meadow Dairy` at 3, Moot Hall, which was right opp.the bobby on point duty at top of Library St. In 1936, in very thick fog, I followed the tram lines to my home in Stratford St., Springfield from the Blue Coat School in Hallgate. The last tram to run in Wigan was on Sat.night 4th April 1931. Does anyone know what happened to the tram lines? Are they still in situ., or were they removed? Ernest Pyke, Shevington, England
 
WOW !! What memories :) Does anybody remember DAWBERS ? They sold second-hand furniture & pianos ? The shop was located just before the overhead bridge that carried the railway into Wigan North-Western railway station. Dennis Dickinson, Palmerston North, New Zealand
 
Hi Geoff Brown just read your note. Hope you are well. Fred Bamber, Durham, Durham
 
Does anyone remember the second hand shop on Darlington Street, opposite where the court is today. I think it was called Kays. Debbie Rodden, Wigan, england
 
Teh department store on Station road was called Oxleys. I used to go there with my mother as a child. I remember they used to have a great big wooden rocking horse that I would sit on while my mum paid her bill, they would let you buy things and pay weekly for them. debbie rodden, wigan, england
 
My wife used to work at Nimans Jewellers from leaving school to being pregnant with our first son. Her name was Edna Twigg and she has filled me in with all kinds of information about the shop and the staff. She started work there at 14 and her first job every morning was to light the boiler in the cellar to get the shop warm. She then had to sweep the front of the shop off.She remembers with affection the girls that she worked with, Hilda Clare, Alice Hutchinson, Barbara Crompton,Joan Hitchmough, Kathleen Fowles, Mrs Brindle, Miss Walls, Barbara Dainty, Eileen Alker,and the girls at Mesnes Street shop, Joan Cunliffe, Joan Welsby, Joyce Parr, Phyllis Hodson, Audrey Pedder.She remembers going to Watkins and to the Scotch Bakery for lunches, also going to the back window of the tripe shop(Voses) for pies at dinner time.They went to Pooles Cafe in Standishgate for toast at the morning break.Bert Cowan, the owner of the shop had a Humber super snipe, but being a little man, he couldn't reach the pedals or see through the windscreen, so he had blocks on the pedals and 2 cushions to lift him up.In the cellar were cardboard boxes filled with straw, containing china tea sets and glassware from pre war days. fred foster, wigan, england
 
Having worked all my working life in retail, and some of it in Wigan, you get to see quie a bit of the unseen areas of town center's. I worked for 3 years at the new'ish Dixons where Barclays Bank now is. If you went upstairs in the lift you could walk around Lowes old dept store, don't know if you can now?.The car park at the back still has a Lowes Dept parking sign near Mr Chips. With a strange turn of fate 15 yrs after leaving Wigan I have returned to manage WH Smith (Menzies,Woolies), it still feels odd managing a Wigan Landmark, the building is getting old now esp compared to the new "Grand Arcade". At some stage before Woolies my staff inform me it was a dept store and before that a Hotel "The Station Hotel?" (Station Road), upstairs a lot of the corridors do have the appearance of a hotel, we've just had our floor replaced and underneath the old one was the definate shape of bar (possibly Saloon bar), we also have a celler that looks like it would have been used for bringing in beer kegs. If anyone has any info about the building it would be interesting and I could use it to impress my ever so knowledgable staff! Andrew Felstead, Wigan, England
 
Bit harsh that Bert. Bit harsh. Can you elaberate? C. Higham, Wigan, England
 
I was always proud to be a Wiganer... the town had character and so did its "folk" These days however, there's nothing wrong with Wigan that a small thermonuclear device wouldn't cure. bert fisher, wigan, uk
 
to irene murphy you should remember the arcade on king street then'. many a time spent in there.ps .in case you are wondering who this is ' i have a twin sister dave c, blackpool, england
 
does anyone remember wf lyon bakers and gidlow lane?! wayne, macc, cheshire
 
The New-Way cafe in station rd is where I met my wife,Christine,she used to work there.Do you remember Denise,i remember you.Where is your sister Sandra living now,Christine would like to know. jeffrey hallsworth, toronto, canada
 
I remember going to The Bier Keller in King St in the late 1960s & the early 1970s. Then when this closed at 23-00hrs it was off to either The Casino, Puffers or Sloopies. Far better night-life that we had in St.Helens. John Garner, St.Helens, United Kingdom
 
Now i am totally confused !!!I have just read a message from Eddie marshall referring to Voses Pies so I was right.... up until then everyone was talking about the UCP. and i thought i had my names mixed up..Thanks eddie they were definately VOSES pies weren`t they delicious ? Jean (then)smith, Machynlleth, Wales uk
 
couldnt read anymore tonight !!!oh what memories hard remembering the names of streets !Olier summers mesnes st,i used to work oposite and had a crush on the young boy who worked there (1951) wasnt Kate conroys auntie`s shop on mesnes st? my friends sister worked there The fire at pendleburys is remembered about 1952 or 3.My pal who worked there was heartbroken because she had left her best shoes there !To Margaret seddon....Tommy moss .I went there every sayurday morning dancing.....loved it But missed the annual party as i turned up a day late ......cried all the way home. Dont remember it being over a cinema though ..just being in the market place by the buses. On an earlier posting i spoke of Voses tripe shop with delicious M&P pies think this was the ucp on standishgate that you all refer to. The cinemas i remember were the COURT,the COUNTY,the princess and theRitz ..I will finish reading the rest of the letters tomorrow and no doubt i will be writing more letters..Would love to hear from ex gidlow school pals who left in xmas 1950.. jean(then smith), machynlleth, Wales uk
 
The cafe at the top of Wallgate above Joan Barries, and opposite the policeman on point duty, was Makinson's.We used to meet friends there in the 50's.One coffee used to last you all night!! Happy days.If any of my friends remember this I would like to hear from them. Tony Johnson, Eccleston Chorley, England
 

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