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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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Lived in Platt Bridge 1949-1955. Remember Tripe and Onions at the UCP..still was there in a visit in 1972. Remember the Rendevous..first time I tasted turkey..loved there salad sandwiches. Does anyone remember the old picture houses..the Rex, the Pavilion and the Court. Howard Phillips, Los Angeles, USA
Blutos night club - which was next door to Lowes Dept Store and above the tripe shop. I used to work there as barmaid I also worked on the door taking the money and coats. I used to go to Mesnes High School and am looking to know if anyone can remember me. I remember buying a pound of broken biscuits for 6d from Woolworths, anyone else remember this treat. Also buying the best pies in the world at Pooles Pie Shop. I married a soldier named Eddie who was in the Falklands in 1982 and we had our reception in Wrightington Country Club, my father wrote a piece that made its way into The Wigan Observer. Living in Oz and seeing this page brings back many memories and many tears. Julie Phillips nee Cullen, Two Rocks, Perth Western Australia
Does anyone remember my Uncles shop up the Wiend, he used to sell skins and clog soles and irons for the clogs. Frank Tickle his son came back from the war and started selling Fents, and materials to make your own jewellry, and wicker for basket weaving and all materials for handycrafts - in later years he moved to Mesnes St. Frank is now 92yrs young but still going strong. E. M. Finch, Baughton, Worcestershire
The Golden Lion was in Wallgate, below the Raven, not Market Place. Just below that was Wildings Stationers, on the corner of Bretherton Row. A pub not mentioned was "The Cross Keys" next door to the red tile building which was Martins Bank. The Cross Keys is now "The Moon under Water". A Culshaw, Wigan, UK
James Starrs printers in Dorning Street, my mother worked there for many years as a printer and bookbinder, I also remember rendevou cafe and most other places you have mentioned, I met Julie Andrews father Ted Andrews at Wigan Hippodrome, we used to go to the repatry theatre at the Hippodrome every week. Jean Leyland, Wigan, England

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