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BRIAN NICHOLS SHOP FITTERS

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BRIAN NICHOLS
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 26745
BRIAN NICHOLS SHOP FITTERS VAN 1950'S. CAN ANYONE RECOGNISE THE LOCATION?

Comment by: Mick on 10th August 2015 at 15:04

Just a guess, but could it be Eleanor Street, looking up to its junction with Wallgate?
It looks like there is a railway embankment in the top left hand corner of the photo, behind the low stone wall.
Only across the road from where Brian Nichols later had business premises.

Comment by: A.W. on 10th August 2015 at 16:48

Chapelhouse Motors now stands on the site of the old Brian Nichols premises on Wallgate.

Comment by: fred foster on 10th August 2015 at 19:00

Across the road is the wall on the left leading to the railway bridge across Wallgate. I think that Brian Nichols workshop was to the right of the picture where the car showroom is now. Harold Blackledge had a junk shop in the row of shops that are visible.

Comment by: Mick on 10th August 2015 at 19:04

There was a terrace of seven or eight buildings on Wallgate, between the Seven Stars pub and the railway bridge,and there was a shop in the row, as in the picture.
There was also an advertising hoarding, as pictured, on tha gable end of the corner house of Wallgate and Eleanor Street.

Comment by: Peter on 10th August 2015 at 20:05

mick as I remember the railway bank had sleeper board fence not a wall

Comment by: Garry on 10th August 2015 at 20:15

Correct A.W.

Comment by: Mick on 10th August 2015 at 21:37

Peter - the stone wall in the photo is still in situ - I passed it earlier today, on my way to Asda.

Comment by: Garry on 10th August 2015 at 22:16

The van is a Morris J2 1950s.

Comment by: Cordyline on 10th August 2015 at 22:16

The man is Don from Shevington can't remember his surname; he was about the same age as Brian N

Comment by: Rev David Long on 10th August 2015 at 22:32

Sorry, Garry - it's an LD - I had one for a few years in the 70s, and then another in the 80s. The first taught me an awful lot about diesel fuel systems!

Comment by: JohnB on 10th August 2015 at 23:27

Apart from being a wonderfully nostalgic photo, it is also another fine Kodachrome image, great to see.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 11th August 2015 at 07:46

Almost right Garry-it's a Morris LD.

Comment by: indalo on 11th August 2015 at 08:05

The man i think is Don Wright, think he lives om Coach House Drive, i know him well.

Comment by: J.G. on 11th August 2015 at 08:50

Peter, sorry always a stone wall, the shop in the photo belonged to Steve Molynaex and little higher up paper shop then entrance to Brian Nichols.

Comment by: George Chilvers on 11th August 2015 at 09:33

Nice to see the EK reg plate too

Comment by: David Wood on 11th August 2015 at 09:58

Was one of those shops once used as the office for a driving instructors mid 60's.

Comment by: Cyril on 11th August 2015 at 12:27

David, it was the last building in the row next door to Nichol's that was the driving instructors, they had those Lava lamps in the window and we would often stand and watch them when walking past, disco projection lights at the time also had similar coloured oil and wax solution within them to get a psychedelic effect on walls.

Comment by: Alex on 11th August 2015 at 12:44

If you bought a new vehicle/motor bike in Wigan up to the 1980s (i think) your reg plate would be EK or JP.

Comment by: Ann on 11th August 2015 at 14:00

what happened to EK and JP reg. Why finish it?

Comment by: Cordyline on 11th August 2015 at 22:20

Yes Seven Stars School of Motoring was the same shop that Brian N took over.
I passed my driving test with them in 1964 -- It was three partners running it; my instructor was Stan ? from New Springs area -- Passed first time in a Morris 1100

Comment by: Cyril on 12th August 2015 at 13:54

Was there a construction firm or something akin there at one time, the name Bridge springs to mind.

Comment by: Garry on 12th August 2015 at 18:38

This Van is parked in Melverley St,

Comment by: Mick on 12th August 2015 at 22:40

The van is parked in Eleanor Street Garry, as I stated in the opening post.
If it was parked in Melverley Street,the Vulcanite works would be on the corner, and the Seven Stars pub on Wallgate would be visible.

Comment by: Ray on 12th August 2015 at 23:39

Never Melverley St in memory of Man.
Should have gone to Spec savers Gary.

Comment by: Garry on 13th August 2015 at 09:01

Ray, why be so ignorant. We all have Opinions.

Comment by: Dunc on 13th August 2015 at 16:09

Yes Gary. But some have more opinions than others

Comment by: Garry on 13th August 2015 at 20:50

Yes and some are clever than others.

Comment by: Ray Lowe on 13th August 2015 at 21:28

The more I read Garry's posts... the more I consider him to be a "cave-dweller"(a troll) Trolls are fine in their own habitat, but become annoying when they leave their cave and try to be clever with pointless and inane comments.

Comment by: Garry on 14th August 2015 at 06:16

I think that Ray Lowe is an imposter a fake name, that name has never been on WW before. People like him try and ruin our great site that we've enjoyed for years.

Comment by: Albert. on 23rd August 2015 at 12:11

How long as the road Southgate been in existence? I know it is a long time ago, but I seem to remember, at the end of Pottery Road, there was an ambulance station, and opposite was Vulcanite, and then Pottery Road more or less met up with Wallgate, just prior to the railway bridge. In Wallgate, on the opposite side there was a shop, or two, with an entry, where you could get to the back of those shops. I can't remember what kind of shops they were. This would have been at the end of the fifties.

Comment by: Mick on 24th August 2015 at 00:04

Southgate was officially opened in March 2013, Albert.

Comment by: john johnson on 15th June 2016 at 21:04

location is Eleanor Street I was born there, I moved to Worley Mesnes and later became an apprentice joiner at Brian Nichols. Don in the picture was the foreman. Happy days.

Comment by: Brian Blake on 19th January 2018 at 20:54

Is anyone out there old enough ( like myself) to remember this company and could tell me what happened to them? Did they go into liquidation of move or just close down. If there is someone who has a contact at the top there I'd love to hear and have a phone number or address.

Comment by: Bob Duff on 2nd December 2020 at 11:57

I worked at Brian Nichols from the end of 1972 to 1976.
Don Wright interviewed me for the job.
I used to park my car in Eleanor Street.
I heard that Brian Nichols had died.
The company moved to Stephen’s Way Worsley Mesnes that’s the last I heard.

Comment by: Stella Jones on 21st April 2021 at 13:34

I worked at Brian Nichols from 1970!to 1975, they also had a Venetian blind shop at the front of the offices

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