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Mesnes St


Photo: Frank Orrell
Views: 3,747
Item #: 27111
A view of Mesnes Street looking towards Standishgate in the 1960s.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 28th November 2015 at 01:15

Fantastic photographs Frank , thank you these pictures are invaluable . I can spot Tom Warburton in his shop obviously showing a costomer a selection of carpets . On the opposite side of Mesnes Street a Cyril Lord carpet shop. Further down Roy Turners Pram Shop. We bought the pram for our baby from there in 1968.

Comment by: Happy Garry on 28th November 2015 at 04:38

I'll tell you what Frank, that's a GREAT shot. It's as though I'm there back in time, it looks live. That's how Wigan we loved should look today. Everybody going about in freedom and happiness doing their own business. Thanks Frank for these GREAT memories.

Comment by: Jarvo on 28th November 2015 at 04:50

If you walk down this street today, you'll be lucky to spot three people at the bus stop. What a contrast to how busy it was on this evocative photograph...

Comment by: gideonfel on 28th November 2015 at 10:19

Another brilliant photo, Frank! I don't think we really appreciate how warm and welcoming a place is until it's gone! Disappointed not to see the Michelin Man though!

Comment by: Albert. on 28th November 2015 at 11:20

The great contrast of what was, and now is. PROGRESS. Very debatable.

Comment by: Keith on 28th November 2015 at 11:20

Brilliant photo. A real flavour of Wigan's yesteryear - fantastic, congratulations Frank.

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th November 2015 at 12:34

What a wonderful photo.....I feel as if I could catch the bus into Wigan now and it would be like that, but of course it won't; but what a fantastic photo that can give someone that strange, unreal feeling. Thankyou so much for posting.

Comment by: baker boy on 28th November 2015 at 12:57

and free parking right at the shops front door.

Comment by: antar on 28th November 2015 at 13:19

cracking pic. proper shops selling proper stuff .

Comment by: Mick on 28th November 2015 at 13:25

A wonderful photo, Frank.
The Cyril Lord carpet shop probably dates it to between 1965 and 1968.

Comment by: Mick on 28th November 2015 at 13:42

Has this photo been took from upstairs on a double decker bus

Comment by: Alan H on 28th November 2015 at 14:00

Not a yellow line in sight.

Comment by: Carolaen on 28th November 2015 at 14:38

Interesting that all the vehicles appear to British made as well. If you look closely at the end of the road you can also see the Pendelburys sign,especially if you click on the picture to make it bigger.

Comment by: Cyril on 28th November 2015 at 14:40

Tom, Marjorie the daughter of Roy who worked in the shop is still going strong, she's now in her eighties.

Frank was you hanging out of the window in Hope Street church.

Comment by: Vb on 28th November 2015 at 14:41

this is the best picture yet of Mesnes St. I worked in Aspinalls Decorators in1961. ( out of the picture). I was always being sent on errands and had to go to the shop near the entry. it was a very quaint shop selling hats and gloves and all kinds of accessories for the more discerning lady. In other words it was quite 'posh' intact I felt very self conscious going in there! I would have appreciated it in later years however! It may have been Emily Fox,'s shop which can just be made out overhead.

Comment by: john on 28th November 2015 at 15:12

Great picture Frank

Comment by: Peter on 28th November 2015 at 16:47

great photo I worked as apprentice painter at Aspinwall,s Artistic Artisan,s in the 60's

Comment by: A.W. on 28th November 2015 at 17:07

This is Wigan as I like to remember it, Turner's toy and pram shop where I would spend my 10 bob birthday money. Which retailer would be rash enough to have prams outside nowadays?

Comment by: Linda massa on 28th November 2015 at 17:23

The Wigan we all knew and loved gone now. Been to Wigan today, the Market Hall was dead, so many stalls closed down, so sad.

Comment by: Kenee on 28th November 2015 at 18:33

I would agree with Mick about the date being 1967, Hardy & Co on the corner of Standishgate took over from Boardmans about then.

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th November 2015 at 18:40

AW, there may even have been babies in those prams.....people used to leave babies outside whist they went into shops; no-one thought anything of it way back then, and I never heard of one being taken.

Comment by: Vb on 28th November 2015 at 19:58

Aspinalls shop later became an Art supplies shop. I spent many an hour in there. I was really sad when that went -you could buy anything you needed. I must have spent a fortune and still have stuff I bought there in the eighties and nineties.

Comment by: Maureen on 28th November 2015 at 20:26

Vb..I used to spend a lot of time in the art supplies shop..I was in a world of my own in there..and really missed it when it closed down...why!!I will never know.

Comment by: Vb on 28th November 2015 at 20:56

I couldn't understand either Maureen. Anyway if you need art supplies Ken Bromley's Art Supplies at Horwich is the place to go. he has the widest selection you can find anywhere.

Comment by: Maureen on 28th November 2015 at 21:15

VB..I've been going to 'The Range' in Chapel far I've found everything I need..I gather from your Copperas post that you paint in Watercolours..I've always used oils,but just started painting in Acrylics and am enjoying it.

Comment by: Vb on 28th November 2015 at 21:22

Going off the thread and I apologise. It's a great hobby !

Comment by: Maureen on 28th November 2015 at 21:46

Very sorry to interrupt doesn't take away the fact that your photo's are enjoyed by a lot of people..thank you.

Comment by: DerekB on 30th November 2015 at 14:56

Great photograph, Frank. You almost feel that you could walk into it. If only we could!! Thanks for posting it.

Comment by: Garry on 30th November 2015 at 19:12

Look closely at this Standard 10 car a the bottom right, it's sills on the body are corroded through. You were lucky in those day to have a car over 10 years old.

Comment by: DerekB on 1st December 2015 at 15:28

Garry, the car is not a Standard. It is an Austin A40 or A50. They were made between 1954 and 1957 when they were succeeded by the A55. The A40/50s and they were identical from the exterior but had different engines.

Comment by: Alex on 1st December 2015 at 16:38

Its defo not an A40 Derick. The Austin A40 looked like an Hatchback.

Comment by: DerekB on 2nd December 2015 at 13:51

Alex, the A40/A50 model designations were dropped when an updated model known as the A55 was introduced in 1957. You are right in saying that the designation A40 was re-introduced and given to a completely new and additional model to the Austin range in 1958 which was a two door hatchback model.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 2nd December 2015 at 16:02

Derek and Alex, the car looks very much like the Austin A40 Cambridge.
Gary, never a Standard 10.

Comment by: golden bear on 20th December 2015 at 13:06


Comment by: david dowey on 1st June 2017 at 15:26

The car in question was an Austin A50 (CJP 137).I bought it for £60 paid £60 to have the cills replaced and then sold it for £60. Not the best buy for a naive 19 year old!

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