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Great George Street

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Great George Street 1940's and 50's.
Photo: Keith Beckett
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Item #: 30680
Photo of a painting by local artist Julie Calder.
Julie who paints for pleasure wanted to create a street scene that remembered her family's time living in the town centre.
The painting adorns an upstairs wall in Gallimores reataurant in Wigan. The owner Howard Gallimore was born in Great George Street.
The detailing in the picture is exquisite and is well worth the price of a meal to see it at first hand.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 3rd August 2018 at 11:35

This one is made for Maureen ! I love hearing her memories of growing up here.Thanks again Maureen for the fabulous painting you so kindly gave me yesterday, it's superb !

Comment by: Maureen on 3rd August 2018 at 13:41

Thank you Elizabeth, that painting was for you from the very beginning,you're a true friend.
And yes I must go to Gallimores to have a look at this wonderful painting..I was brought up in this Street..our house was just further up to the right..but the memories it brings back are priceless..as my Mam got older she asked if I felt as if I had missed out on not having a garden or flowers or trees around us..my reply was..I couldn't have had a better childhood anywhere else..I loved the place and we still drive down it coming from "The Range"in Chapel Lane...thank you Keith for putting it on here..you've made my day.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd August 2018 at 14:14

What a great painting. My mam was born in this street if ever I pass there I always think about her. It also resembles 'any' street around Wigan that I recall in my childhood days.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd August 2018 at 15:16

Come to think of it - the painting looks quite like Hardybutts past St Pat's Church leading to Birkett Bank! How I recall it in the fifties especially the small terraced housing on the left. The artist has put quite a few things in it- horse and cart, neighbours gossiping, lady mopping the step and the children. That little child wearing oversized shoes of her mam's - that's something we did as children! Very talented lady!

Comment by: john on 3rd August 2018 at 15:52

My Grandma lived in School st, and this picture reminds me of it. Great painting.

Comment by: Linma on 3rd August 2018 at 15:52

The child wearing her daddy's shoes, the woman donkey stoning her step, the rag and bone man, memories. Perfect.

Comment by: MarieM on 3rd August 2018 at 17:04

Maureen and Keith, what a brilliant painting. That's not you with the pram is it Mo.
Reminds me of my childhood down Miry Lane.
Does anybody know if Julie has any paintings on show anywhere.

Comment by: Maureen on 3rd August 2018 at 17:25

No Marie that isn't me,but...the little girl with the dark dress on has my face and hairstyle.its weird how similar to me she looks.

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd August 2018 at 18:16

Maureen, I was hoping you would see this! I would have emailed you to say it was on here but I had to go to the hospital and was running late. My three favourite ladies, Maureen, Elizabeth and Veronica, all on one post. Cheered me up after after a traumatic day. Wonderful, nostalgic picture. x.

Comment by: MarieM on 3rd August 2018 at 18:17

Maureen and Keith, what a brilliant painting. That's not you with the pram is it Mo.
Reminds me of my childhood down Miry Lane.
Does anybody know if Julie has any paintings on show anywhere.

Comment by: philip gormley on 4th August 2018 at 09:49

I like how the young lad had decided to shuffle his car along, instead of pedalling it, but I'm afraid that the poor horse would had to have been brought back to distances much shorter than those which it had evidently been exposed to - its handler seems to have been wearing the 'In' Donkey jacket, though. A nice image. Thanks.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 4th August 2018 at 11:35

Thanks Irene,that's very kind of you.I know we always talked of when we're growing up when we meet up.Hope all is ok now.

Comment by: Maureen on 4th August 2018 at 14:33

Irene,as Elizabeth says..thank you.I hope today's children will be reminiscing as they get older as much as we do.I doubt it very much,hope you're keeping well.

Comment by: joseph tighe on 4th August 2018 at 20:35

i used to play rugby union in the 60/70s for turner bros of hindley green with a keith becket. if this is the same keith becket,i wood like to get in touch with you to have a chat about old times. joe

Comment by: Valerie Cooper (nee Walls) on 5th August 2018 at 11:45

to MarieM where abouts in Miry Lane did you live ? I used to live at no 20 next door to my grandma, . What fab photos, brings back loads of GOOD memories.

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 5th August 2018 at 13:10

Thanks Joe. I have fond and lasting memories of that era.
If you send an email to ron@wiganworld.co.uk and include your contact details then he’ll forward it to me.Looking forward to meeting up once again.
I still live in Ashton and I guess your still in Leigh.

Comment by: Albert on 21st August 2018 at 15:46

In the late fifties, on the opposite of Wallgate, I believe Queen street, a rag and bone man’s horse dropped dead. A more appropriate description of the horse’s removal from the scene could have been entered in the occurrence book. “It was carted off by the knackers”.

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