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Wallgate photo comparison
Photo: Mick
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Item #: 10215
Just in case any doubt remains re the whereabouts of Keith's Wallgate photo.
Top: Detail from 'debated' pic.
Bottom: Detail from 'known' Wallgate pic. from same time.

Comment by: John on 28th March 2009 at 15:37

Well done that man.

Comment by: dave johnson on 28th March 2009 at 20:04

Sorry still not convinced, when was the Ranicars building opened? I have a photo prior to this and it does not seem to fit somehow.

Comment by: Mick on 28th March 2009 at 23:34

When the building opened is immaterial. The fact is that the building shown in the photo under debate, is one and the same with that shown in over a dozen photos of Wallgate to be found in this album from the same period.

Comment by: T. Berry on 29th March 2009 at 13:05

When I first saw these pics. I would have sworn that they were not of Wallgate but a check of the 1908 Directory (on this website) reveals.... wait for it.... Elias Ranicar had a shop at 54, Wallgate. Game, Set and Match, I think?

Comment by: dave johnson on 29th March 2009 at 19:07

Another photo on the album shows Ranicars at the top of Makinson Arcade having moved from 22 Wallgate?

Comment by: Mick on 29th March 2009 at 21:01

The address 22 Wallgate fits very nicely with the shop shown in the photo. The GPO is at 28 Wallgate, and there was a premises adjoining Ranicar's and the Dog & Partridge between them.
Ranicar's were a large well established Wigan company, and it would appear they had other premises at 54 Wallgate, as well.

Comment by: aitch on 31st March 2009 at 17:07

I have a photo from a book which shows Ranicars at the top of Makinsons arcade, I dont know the date, but the shop is on the left looking down the arcade.

Comment by: c carr on 29th March 2011 at 16:21

Elias Ranicar (and later his son Arthur)had shops in both Wallgate and the Makinson Arcade.

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