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Market Street


Market Stret Wigan
Photo: Dave Cockrell
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Item #: 17275
looking down Market Street towards the Queens Hall from the corner of Woodcock Street

Comment by: Bill Eatock on 2nd March 2011 at 21:29

Magic! I can (almost) see myself coming out of the Singer sewing machine shop loading up the van.

Comment by: tommy c on 3rd March 2011 at 09:32

does anyone actually think the millions on development have improved us.

Comment by: Paul on 3rd March 2011 at 09:41

Brilliant set of photos's. Thanks for the pleasure of seeing them.

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd March 2011 at 13:15

No Tommy, I preferred Wigan as it was.

Comment by: John on 3rd March 2011 at 16:33

What the million's spent on developments have done, is put small shops out of business. I prefer old Wigan than today, it was much better.

Comment by: fred foster on 8th March 2011 at 15:11

Here is a little ditty that I put together, I think it sums up what a lot of people think of the way our town has gone. O Wigan was a grand old town before the Metro came.
They robbed us of our buses, it really was a shame
We still have our coat of arms; I suppose that counts a lot.
But some of their decisions I am sure have “lost the plot”
The open market’s a disgrace, with many an empty stall,
And what about the problems with the present Market Hall?
They said that the old hall was getting past a joke
But what they failed to understand was it suited many folk
We used to have a swimming pool, the envy of many a town
But this wasn’t good enough for our lot so they had to pull it down
They started on a project to revamp Station Road,
I know it needed doing but what could we afford?
“We’ll build a noble edifice, the best the town had seen
We’ll call the project Grand Arcade; it won’t cost us a bean”
Send for Modus properties, we’ve heard that they’re the best
We’ll let them build it for us; we’ll put them to the test.
Modus came and built it, all brick and steel and glass,
And when it was completed it really looked reight class
They filled it up with retail shops, the galleries looked bare,
Cos they’d stripped it of its clients and moved them over there.
They’re still looking to fill it, the spaces are forlorn
The market once had fruit and veg, but nearly all that’s gone
I suppose one day the time will come when things turn alright
We’ll wake up one day and maybe see the future’s looking bright
Let’s hope the planners get it right, no doubt they will some day
For me it can’t come soon enough that’s all I have to say.

Comment by: Bill Eatock on 26th March 2011 at 22:55

On closer inspection of this photo it does look as if my Ford Escort Singer van is outside the shop!

Comment by: Joe Thomas on 2nd May 2011 at 14:24

Well Put Fred Very True

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