Photos of Wigan
Photos of Wigan

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Comment by: tony on 7th November 2011 at 16:39

looks better then than it does now

Comment by: mw, on 7th November 2011 at 17:27

wish it was like that now , the old wigan absolutly ruined

Comment by: Gerry on 7th November 2011 at 17:45

You needed a season ticket to lean on those railings on a Saturday Afternoon

Comment by: rick on 7th November 2011 at 19:15

you wiganers must be to soft to let them pull that lot down

Comment by: micky east on 7th November 2011 at 20:42

straight out of woolies and catch the number ten home to worsley mesnes .now that was convienience shopping

Comment by: tony k on 7th November 2011 at 23:58

woolworths had the nicest hambergers in the world it was paste meat not this thing you get now smotherd with greasey onions

Comment by: D on 8th November 2011 at 10:05

Another reminder of Wigan when it WAS Wigan.

Comment by: Gerry on 8th November 2011 at 10:19

You quite right Tony K I used to buy those hamburgers for 8d in 1969 in that long cafe they had on Station road side of woolies.

Comment by: maggie on 8th November 2011 at 11:27

At last, a view that I remember. I had a holiday job in Woolies in the 50's, enjoyed it, as well as the money. my student grnt was £5. per week, in term time, £4 was my rent.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 8th November 2011 at 12:22

Anyone remember Harry Blackledge from the garage on Crompton Street and Woodhouse Lane?His wife bought me a little truck in Woolworths about 1960. Still got it. Reminds me of what Wigan was

Comment by: Helen on 8th November 2011 at 13:50

Another nostalgic pic for me, queued outside the Ritz quite a few times & just loved going into Woollies to spend some of my pocket money.

Comment by: Maureen Andrews nee McGovern on 8th November 2011 at 15:25

I loved everything about Wigan then...a.b.c minors Saturday morning..Going to woolies with my Mam who used to say every time we went through the doors"don't forget to stand here at the scales if you get lost"( I must have been a wanderer),later on working at Wilbrooks.. a credit firm right facing The Ritz..buying my earrings at Stonefields next to Woolies..Oh youth,where did you go?? all my memories are centered around the centre of Wigan...I grew up in Wallgate so hadn't far to go for's so depressing now..or is it just me being nostalgic.

Comment by: irene roberts on 8th November 2011 at 16:46

Yes it is depressing in Wigan now, Maureen, the main reason being that it has lost its individuality; it just looks like everwhere else, And yes, you ARE being nostalgic....that's what this site is all about. Wallow in it, Maureen.....I do!

Comment by: Gerry on 8th November 2011 at 16:58

Maureen do you remember Ronnie Heyes that had a chippy in Wallgate just opposite Timberlakes Garage?

Comment by: tricia on 8th November 2011 at 17:14

I once lost my mum in Woolworths and I was so small I could not see over the counters! I was terrified beyond imagination and my mum stood somewhere watching me briefly.I was supposed to hold onto her coat... It taught me to do as I was told and not to let it go again.

Comment by: Helen on 9th November 2011 at 08:33

Nothing wrong with being nostalgic about times, places & people & the young of today, who probably think we are a load of old fogies, will have their day too & think of times, places & people they knew when they were young....remember we ALL grow old !!

Comment by: Maureen Andrews nee McGovern on 9th November 2011 at 09:13

I agree Irene..a man once told me that he never looked back ..only forward, but I said looking back is what makes you the person you are..he obviously did not enjoy his childhood as much as I enjoyed mine..and from your threads Irene so did you..our childhood memories are to be cherished.

Comment by: Maureen Andrews nee McGovern on 9th November 2011 at 09:21

Gerry, the name does ring a bell..the chippy I remember was right facing what is Staples now..and wasn't that Timberlakes at the top of Miry Lane? but the main windows were on the Wallgate side...and I've racked my brain to picture another chippy on Wallgate but can't Gerry..I hope you can enlighten me.

Comment by: irene roberts on 9th November 2011 at 09:52

I once read, Maureen, that "important though it is to look to the future, to refuse the backward glance would be to have lived for nothing". I think the majority of people on this site would agree.

Comment by: Gerry on 9th November 2011 at 10:00

Maureen Timberlakes was on the corner of Caroline st where GO camping shop is now Ronnie Hayes Chippy was on the opposite side of Wallgate just where you said but towards the station a little bit

Comment by: Maureen Andrews nee McGovern on 9th November 2011 at 12:31

Yes Irene..I totally agree..I'll keep looking back with fond memories..I think they feed the soul.

Gerry,I only remember B+Q being where Go Outdoors is now..isn't that strange because I can usually remember every shop in Wallgate..I must start having more Weetabix in the mornings.

Comment by: Gerry on 9th November 2011 at 19:47

long before B&Q there was Timberlakes (still there in 1972) maybe some one has a picture of it on here but meanwhile here is a pic of B&q

Comment by: tony k on 9th November 2011 at 23:32

to jerry how did you like u c p pies

Comment by: babsd on 10th November 2011 at 00:11

no way can I remember Timberlakes on Caroline Street, used them several times when they were in Library Street where Wallpaper supplies is now, after that they were on the corner of Miry Lane in Wallgate, but cannot recollect the being in Caroline Street at all

Comment by: Derek Bond on 10th November 2011 at 12:55

Timberlakes was definitely at the end of Caroline St - I bought an Austin 1800 from there around 1970/71. The garage at the end of Miry Lane/Wallgate was Williams of Wigan (previously Harry Williams) who were the main Ford dealer for Wigan

Comment by: Maureen Andrews nee McGovern on 10th November 2011 at 16:06

Well!!!I suppose that's proof enough isn't it.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 10th November 2011 at 18:02

It was Baldwin and Timberlake, you entered the premises on Wallgate opposite the Grapes pub on the corner of Clayton St. It was indeed a British Leyland dealership, the car park was at the rear.

Comment by: Gerry on 10th November 2011 at 18:50

It was at that very Timberlakes that I saw that new car (name eludes me) the one with a square steering wheel and a voice that spoke to you... YOUR SEAT BELTS NOT FASTENED YOUR LIGHTS ARE NOT ON.... YOUR BOOT IS OPEN... YOUR WIFE HAS RUN AWAY WITH ANOTHER MAN !!

Comment by: Gerry on 10th November 2011 at 18:54

TONY K I loved the UCP in Market St next to Lowes its proper name was United Cow Products there was always Tripe in the window.. the Cafe was upstairs, and the cleaner there looked like Miriam Karlin from the RAG TRADE on Telly

Comment by: Ste Mulqueeney on 10th November 2011 at 20:51

The best burgers weren´t in Woolies but just outside on a Friday and Saturday night. From the little metal cart parked just on the corner in Station Rd. If you ever tried one when you was sober they were rubbish but after a few pints....beltin ! That was before there were 500 takeaways in Wigan .

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 10th November 2011 at 21:43

Austin Allegro Gerry, voted Britain's worst car.

Comment by: tony k on 11th November 2011 at 13:29

i served the ucp when i was a milkman

Comment by: jimmy walker on 11th November 2011 at 14:28

my x worket at woolies her name was maggie haydock.

Comment by: D. on 15th November 2011 at 10:26

Remember going to the UCP in the early 70s when the power cuts were on, interesting buying a quarter of elder in near darkness.

Comment by: philip hill on 3rd July 2013 at 22:20

gerry "railings",rick "soft" you,re not wrong.can,t beat a
bit of nostalger girlies,the sun is always shineing when we look back nowt wrong with that, i lived in owd scholes in 60s.

Comment by: Mary Nethercott on 18th April 2014 at 16:13

Oh I am loving this trip down memory lane. Woolies.Bus stop to Worsley Mesnes right across the road. Used to do a ´Harry Worth´with the shop window in the furniture shop while waiting for the bus.Been stood up a coupleof times at Woolies, lol. As for the UCP, thick seam tripe and as a treat my dad would take me upstairs to the restaurant and I would have fishcake and chips. Best fishcakes ever even though I don´t eat fish ,lol.Thank you for sharing these brilliant photos.x

Comment by: Dennis Winstanley on 7th January 2016 at 20:45

I worked at Woolworths in 1960, at the end of each day, I had to clean the lamp shades above the alley ways, and still I enjoyed being there.

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