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Market Place
Photo: Stuart
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Item #: 24922
Photo taken in the early 1980s

Comment by: A.W. on 6th March 2014 at 14:59

Lowes - an old Wigan Family shop sadly missed.

Comment by: DerekB on 6th March 2014 at 16:00

How time flies!! Hard to believe that the underground toilets had gone by the early 80s. Anyone any idea just when they disappeared?

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 7th March 2014 at 10:16

Remember shopping at Lowes with my mum....we used to pop in and look at the dresses....Memories....:)

Comment by: Albert. on 7th March 2014 at 10:38

Derekb. You may remember. My good friends, Jimmy, and Ronnie Williams, their father, Jimmy, was the attendant at those toilets, in the late forties, and early fifties. he had a peg leg, salt of the earth. A great family. None of them are with us today. May they, Rest in Peace.

Comment by: DerekB on 7th March 2014 at 14:45

A.W., it it's final years Lowes had ceased to be family owned and had become part of the Greenwoods (men's outfitters) group, which I think were Yorkshire based. Albert, I vaguely remember the toilet attendant with the peg (or, as they would politically correct say today prosthetic) leg, but didn't know the family.

Comment by: Kenee on 7th March 2014 at 18:50

Lowe's, Pendlebury's, Oxley's: those were the days.

Comment by: A.W. on 8th March 2014 at 11:07

DerekB, the underground toilets were not actually demolished until the late 1990s or thereabouts though they had not been used for many years before that.

Comment by: Garry on 8th March 2014 at 14:30

I remember father christmas at Lowes each December year.

Comment by: DerekB on 8th March 2014 at 16:22

Thanks for the info A.W. The toilets must be obscured in this shot by the red car.

Comment by: CJR on 22nd April 2014 at 00:42

Yeah Garry. I do as well. Came back to me.

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