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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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I really cant remember anyonr called norma working at my dads Record shop. However, I will ask my mother, Im sure she would know. regards David Hurst David Hurst, wigan, uk
 
I remember Roy Hurst and his record stall mentioned by Mr Shuttleworth. I think Roy also gave flying lessons. He had a charming girl called Norma who worked on the stall in the 60s. does anyone know her name now and what she is doing? C. Higham, Wigan, UK
 
In reference to Melanie denby of Bristol, Avon. I remember her and Joe. She is related to me from the Stazicker side of the family. I went to the funeral, that eas a long time ago Ican't remember the year but i think i was 6 7 or possibly 8 at the time. Is Denby your married name, if not what is your maiden name. You can send me an e_mail if you like, my address is jroberts31@midsouth.rr.com. If i remember corrctly they used to live up stairs above the shop. james roberts, memphis, united states
 
I seem to remember a small stall in the old Market Hall, situated in the corner just down from Roy Hurst's record bar. It sold literally anything, boot laces, polish, even liquorice tablets. The one thing that sticks in my mind that they sold was Platt's Foot Paste. I don't know what was in it but verookah's, corns or any other form of foot infection didn't stand a chance with this preparation. It would probably be on the banned list these days. I remember my dad saying "Platt's foot paste lad? Pull a row of houses down that stuff". Who's stall was it? John Shuttleworth, Wigan, U.K.
 
Does anybody remember the Mesnes Park Cafe. It was great in summer. We used to go there for our school lunch in the late 50s and early 60s. David Pyke, Wigan, UK
 
Yes I remember Thomas's sweet shop also Alkers newsagent.Prices bread shop where they gave you tissue paper to make kites with. 1d loaves from Monk's near St John's.Cows escaping from the lorries going to the abbatoir at Mark Williams. The Egg & Flitch coffee bar, Standidhgate Veronica Tierney, Lytham St Annes, England
 
And the above was the fellas! T. Hager, Wigan, England
 
In King St was Helen Rowes shop with the model legs in the window with those lovely nylons on. They had different patterns on each one, birds, butterflies or flowers and you could spend ages outside the shop deciding which pair to buy.The heels on some of them had lovely zig zag designs. m clayton, wigan, england
 
the cafe opposite the abc cinema was the neway, my auntie used to be the manageress and i worked for her, but i use to use it myself in the middle fifties.i hope this helps margaret kathleen, bridgnorth, shropshire
 
Does any one remember my auties sweet shop at the bottom of Brick Kiln Lane Standishgate it was called Thomases, i went to the old St Johns primary school and used to call for bags of Kay Lie and rainbow crystals on the way home luckily my teeth havnt rooted away yet with it S Connor, wigan, uk
 
Folks have talked in praise of Blackpool and of Rhyl and Colwyn Bay, of Morecambe and of Southport while there's a lot that say that the Isle of Man is nicest causes there's such a lot of sea but Ince my dear old birthplace is far the best to me. We haven't any promenades or gardens like Belle Vue but we've a nice bit dirt tip and a collier or two and though we have no mountains there's one thing we can claim theres a nice majetic slag tip at top of Belle Green Lane. And hours spent in a shady nook beneath the palms and sands of Can Row Brook and scenery which beats Switzerland to bits where the Leeds and Liverpool canal flows by the Rose Bridge pits. The glories of my birthplace I've mentioned but a few, there are many many others that I could have mentioned too. Anna, Wigan, Lancs
 
Is the lad above John Ashcroft from St Georges's school - it must be. All us poor kids got kitted out at Kays. One lad I think his name was Bernard Dowdall asked the woman in Kays for a pair of boats. Teddy boy shoes with thick soles. She said "last you a life time these son". He played tick rugby in them once and the soles came off. joe, wigan, England
 
I remember Bert Smiths shoe repair shop in Hallgate he also had one in station road, I used to work behind the counter in the shop in Hallgate as a teenager. Hazel, Wigan, Eng
 
I OFFEN THINK WHAT HAPPENED TO A GIRL I FANCED AT SCHOOL HER NAME WAS,JANET MATTHEWS FROM ORRELL I LOVED HER TO BITS FROM THE 1ST YEAR TO 5TH YEAR AT UPHOLLAND COUNTY SEC SCHOOL. paul skellett, upholland, United Kingdom
 
does any one remember stantons pototoe cakes and crumpets in white st pemberton they had door to door del they had rounds on push bikes to L oneill lynne oneill, wigan, lancs
 
when i was a little girl my nan always took me to wigan shopping and my doll broke we took it to the dolls hospital inside of the market hall it was full of dolls being fixed can anyone else remember it lynne roe lynne roe, wigan, lancs
 
M'cnultys shoe shop on wallgate, we used to get royals for school from here and put cegs on the bottom so you could clip clop round the school corridors, what about the metal dance floor in trucks and the dj was in a truck[fantastic] also leos on king street Susan, Wigton, Cumbria
 
I remember Kays shop. Me and my mates used to buy old gas masks from there for sixpence...the ones with the long canvas tube and a brown tin box dangling from the underside. Try buying them for your kids today and expecting them to have hours of fun. Can remember my mother (god bless her) buying me a pair of khaki shorts from kays for school, they had turn-ups on them (not joking) and button up flys. I think they were desert army surplus! Tartan pumps as well...The things we wore for school... :-) John Ashcroft, Wigan, England
 
I used to go to Boltons Little Lads ale house in Scholes when I was a lad. I lived in Worsley Mesnes but after we watched Wigan rugby we would go for a hop bitter. It was good stuff. The smells in Boltons were worth going in for. T. Dickens, wigan, uk
 
I remember Moi Toi's chinese laundry in scholes and Boltons, the Little Lads Alehouse, a herbalist where you could buy hop bitter, ginger beer and sarsaparilla. joe hill, wigan, england
 
Yes. I remember Brown's off license on the corner of Scot Lane. Every Sunday me and my girlfriend {now my wife} would visit her grandma who lived in Hamilton Square just off Scot Lane. We used to take her two bottles of Guinness every week from Brown's, something she looked forward to. John Shuttleworth, Wigan, U.K.
 
my friend and i were talking about shops in wigan the other day does anyone remember joan barries inwallgate where i,m sure many a wigan girl got her wedding dress.stylo shoe shop peggy paige clothes shop,broadmores clothes shop. can anyone tell me if this is correct or not but did freeman hardy and willis have a small roundabout in their childrens department? i don,t know if i imagined it when i was young or not. margaret s, wigan, england
 
does anybody remember browns offlicence,Ormskirk rd, Newtown, corner of scott lane, Aldi is there now! that was my grand parents then my father took over un then it was given 2 my uncle harry and aunty elsie or did you know my parents stan brown or margeret brown(wood) wendy brown, wigan, lancs
 
Yes it was Pooles opposite Woolworths. My dad worked there after the war. Does anyone remember he Army stores in Wallgate and Standishgate? Irene, Orange, Australia
 
does anyone remember rathbones shop now opposite mcdonalds the shop was on the top floor and you walk down some steep stairs to the cafe we always went there on a sataday for meat and poatato pie and gravy yummy mandy, wigan, england
 
What was the name of the tea-rooms above Bon Marche shop at the top of Wallgate near where the policeman directed traffic.A pianist often played there. David Brogan, Worthing, UK
 
Does anyone remember a music / record shop in Library Street? It was on the left hand side as you walked down in the direction of the Baths, I think that the "record" department was upstairs. I remember R O Laces Cake Shop in Standishgate, we used to call in there on our way to the Convent. There was also "Thornley's" Pork Butchers (I think)in Mesnes Street. Anne Collins, Wigan, England
 
I went with my mates Highamy & Dixie for our first pairs of boots, we got our first jobs with the gas board in Warrington. The woman who always had a fag in her mouth served us. Highamy was only a little guy and couldn't find boots small enough. She sold him a pair for 5 bob and told him he would grow into them. 6 months later he still was wearing the boots with toes curled up 3 inches. Mrs (kay) was like Hilda Ogden in Last of the Summer Wine. Jaybell Pentops, wigan, United Kingdom
 
Would anyone know any information on Thomas Guest who ran a Shop or factory in Wigan or Orrell. Thomas made Wooden clogs. Thomas Son Abraham Guest Tool over when his father took ill. The information i need is the year& name of business and place of business. Thankyou for your time All the best from cherylann Guest. mrs cheryl ann Guest, Whitehaven Cumbria, England
 
doe's anyone remember Kay's secondhand shop darlington st wigan. I remember buying ex-army boot's 10bob,10/-,(50p).Shop staff included owd mr kay and two women who put the shits in yer they were fritning.You could buy anything & sell owt aswell. Brian Naylor, wigan, lancs
 
I too remember Watkins of mesnes St. but for their cornish pasties, the best I,ve ever tasted. I used to have to go around wigan on a Saturday morning shopping with my Mum. We used to get pasties from Watkins one week and pies from Vose's in Standishgate the next. Voses pies were oval shaped, the steak pies decorated by a twirl of pastry on the top. These were definately the best pies I've ever tasted in my life, Poole's were rubbish by comparison! One further memory, Hallgate; Harry Mayall's shop, Unsworth and Atherton's garage and a toffee shop whose name escapes me. Eddie Marshall, Wigan, UK
 
As a young girl of 17 I worked at Plessey Telecommunications as a cable former. Every Friday after we got paid, the girls would all dash up to C & As to buy a new frock before we had to hand over our pay money to our parents. The ritual every Friday and Saturday, sometimes Sunday too was to go dancing at the Casino, (former Emp). In the mid 60s it was always to live groups, like the Inca's and to many of the popular groups like Herman's Hermits etc in those days. They were such exciting times to be a teenager. The other thing I always looked forward to at the Emp/Casino was when the Beatles would release a new song on Friday afternoon and by Friday night the Inca's would have learned the words and music "off by heart" and be playing it for use to dance to. I had a crush on a boy named Ray Simm from Bryn and was crazy about him for a long time. As teenagers from Billinge, (four of us from Billinge went to Abraham Guest school in 1960-64) Wigan was the most frequent place we went to to shop on Saturday mornings, dentists, dancing and drinking. Although most pubs we went into under age was not necessarily to drink, but to see the live groups playing. I miss those days...I realize that living where we lived in the Northwest of England with all the talent coming out of Liverpool, Manchester and around was the best experience to be growing up with all of this going on in our lives. I now live in Canada and have been here since 1969, but still cherish many memories of my teenage years working and enjoying the night life of Wigan's dance clubs of the 60s - can't remember all their names though. There used to be one upstairs opposite the Ribble 352 - St-Helens bustop? Anyway love the memories...I could go on.... If somebody remembers those days or remembers me from Abraham Guest send in a response to read please. Jennifer (Grundy) Jennifer Grundy, Halifax, Nova Scotia
 
I remember TOMMY & HILDA MOSS school of dancing on SATURDAY morning in the early 50s it was situated up some stairs over what later became WHELANS store near the LUT bus offices.I foget how much it cost but ROCK & ROLL had just become popular and they would only play such a song now and again. k charnock, wigan, lancs
 
what about the olde dog pub. and the empire and court cinemas and the hippodrome theatre,all three with gods circles as we called them in the fortys and fiftys,the ole dog and empire cinemas were almost next door to one another,i think stylo shoe shop was on the corner to the empire am i right,thanks c hatton, wigan, lancs
 
Just read about the Watkins' apricot tarts. My auntie used to work there [Cissie Barton ,ne Woosey]and I had to walk into Wigan every Saturday to pick up our order from the shop, Favourites were little meat pies , onto which extra juces had been poured to set in a jelly, eccles cakes [still never tasted any better],chocolate sponge cake with cream and apricot jam ,and meringues....I remember seeing these in the making ,a bowl as big as a dustbin full of egg whites swirling round in what must have been on of the first automatic mixers.Their ovens were coal fired, and I used to help my auntie to keep them fired up on a Sunday after church....we went to Hope Church in Hope street just across the road. Jennifer West, Wigan, UK
 
Adelle is mistaken about Giglos. Giglos was in King Street in Victoria Buildings. It was fromerly Sinclairs, became the first "fun club" in Wigan and later once again became Sinclairs. It was bought by the Lockets who then called it Movies. Jaybell Pentops, Wigan, UK
 
WAITING FOR 366 RIBBLE BUS ORMSKIRK SERVICE BACK TO HALL GREEN PAUL SKELLETT, UPHOLLAND, ENGLAND
 
one place not yet mentioned is Nimans, fancy goods and jewellry shop. Iused to work there , it was on the corner of Standishgate/Mesnes St. We used to buy mouthwatering apricot tarts with cream for our lunch from Watkins bakery in Mesnes St, then during our dinner break we would listen to the top records of the day in the BHS. Nimans also owned The Gift House in Mesnes St, and if we did not have a certain thing a customer wanted then we had to run quickly along the backs to this shop for something suitable.One thing i had to do was go outside the shop on a Saturday afternoon and keep sweeping in front of the windows to discourage people from waiting there, especially when Wigan Rugby were playing at home. m clayton, wigan, England
 
I remember going into Woolworths in Station Rd for a horliks drink in a horlinks mug in the 1960's stood at the cafe bar or if you were lucky you sat on a bar stool. It was always frothy and in a Horliks mug and every time I walk into Menzies (or whatever it it is called now) I think about it. R.Hutchison, wigan, england
 
my first job after leaving school was woolworth`s in 1962 my wage was .`2 pounds 2 shillings & 6 pence per week how i miss woolworth`s in wigan. margaret, wigan, lancs
 
Ah yes! How these names come flooding back.I worked in pooles cake shop and also in McCandlishes. I was brought up in wallgate and remember fondly a Chemist that I think was called Davis,es, I used to dig my heels in and refuse to go past his doorway until she bought me a Worm cake! I also remember Kays shop in darlington st. There were 5 children in the family then and Kays was where my mum could afford a new pair of shoes for all of us. Not very fashionable and cheap, but new shoes none the less. Does anyone remember the surgery of Dr Hall and Dr Rosser on Wallgate? Dr Rosser was somewhat of a chainsmoker and my eyes used to sting and water whenever we payed him a visit.But he was a wonderfull man and very respected in the area. I Also remember my grandad sitting on the step of the local pub with his coal miner pals playing pitch and toss.I think the pub was known locally as The Whitewsash. Its true, Memories are for cherishing. christine atherton, wigan, england
 
Hurst's corner shop in Downall Green Rd., Bryn is a memory from my childhood, Edna. My grandparents, Albert and Lily Wood lived at 171. I remember going to the shop when I was quite young with my Grandmother. I found it fascinating to watch all the weighing and wrapping of all the groceries. It was better than any newspaper for obtaining all the local news and gossip of course. A visit was never a hurried affair. I spent a lot of my spare time with my grandparents as I grew up. Unexpected guests always meritted a quick visit to the corner shop, for a quarter of boiled ham 'off the bone', while my grandmother put the kettle on the hob. Carol Watson, Marus Bridge, Wigan, England
 
Yes, I remember Tickle's Shop in the Wiend. In the 1950's it was an Alladin's Cave to me. I used to go regularly to buy craft materials for my hobbies. In those days I thought it was really special to be allowed to go down into the cellar to weigh out the Plaster of Paris for my models. It started a lifelong interest in arts and crafts for me and I'm sure many others. Carol Watson, Marus Bridge, Wigan, England
 
I worked on Library Street at Rigbys shoe shop,Fred Dawes music shop was across the road, my cousin worked there, further down was McNultys shoe shop from what ive been told its still there, I also remember the Maypole and the Meadow Dairy used to go to both to buy tea and sugar for tea breaks, Lowes department store, the owners used to buy their shoes at Rigbys, you worked 9-6 then and i remember walking down the Legs of Man arcade or Makinsons Arcade to get the bus at the market bus station to go home I use to catch the Lancashire United bus for Warrington No 60 Freda Beard, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria
 
I remember when Woolworths was on the corner, now where Smiths is. And I remember Bluto's as I used to go there on a night out. Also, remember Ashtons the tobacconists as my grandad used to work for them. Amanda Broadbelt (nee: Taylor), Wigan, UK
 
Reading memories of the Makinson's tea merchant's shop at the bottom of the arcade of the same name reminded me that I once worked in the ladies' outfitter's shop opposite. The manageress was a friend of my great aunt. If there were no customers to serve we had to look busy opening and shutting drawers, taking out polythene bags of garments, refolding them and putting them back. Our hands were sore after repeatedly doing this. One day I received an anonymous phone call there and the manageress, who supervised her staff closely, took over, locked all the surprised customers in the shop and called the police. Years later I met the culprit, who had until then remained anonymous. He had the nerve to ask if I remembered the phone call! It turned out that he worked in the tea merchant's shop opposite so was in a good position to laugh at the resulting furore! Carol, Moscari, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain
 
Lots of memories of those places... But does anyone remember "Oobidoo" (spelling?)? The shop opposite the Main Post Office in the mid-70s? Everything was 50p (actually not so cheap when you think about it, compared to todays £1 shops and inflation). They sold everthing from Giant Packs of "Swizzels" to soap (a bit like "Home Bargains" now). I've been searching the photos sections in the hope of finding a photo, but, sadly, there's none to be found. So, if anyone does have a photo, please upload it!! Chris H, Wigan, UK
 
Makinson's Tea Shop at the end of the old arcade. I used to go in there with my Mum to buy loose tea from those huge black tea caddies with chinese figures on them. I think it was the smell of the tea itself that I loved. Also the biscuit stall in the market hall where you could buy loose biscuits. Catherine Rosbottom, Louisville , KY, USA
 
Thanks to Vivien Schrager-Powell for her message. Mr. Woodend the fishmonger was my grandad. He died when I was very young and I only have one memory of him. But I do have his watch as a memento. The fish shop was, I believe, in Hallgate (if I've got this wrong my mum will kill me), and my mum always said that her dad treated all the customers very well. Thanks Vivien! Nick Spencer, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
 
Re: The Golden Lion. This symbol is from the White Lion Hotel, 1824-1958. Although called Hotel it was a pub. The pub was located at 2 Market St. Wigan. It was bought by Mr. Lowe in 1957 and razed in 1958 to extend his store. The White Lion symbol was imbedded in the back wall of the new building. Later, when the building was changed, the symbol was moved to the front of the building on the site where the old pub stood. It is there now in one of the peaks facing Standishgate. My father lived in the pub from about 1910 to 1923 when his parents ran it. Alice (Haselden) Pearson, rochester hills, michigan, usa
 

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