Market place Wigan8 Comments
Photo: Stephen Kirk
Item #: 30798
Lowes department store still trading before it met it's fate and also the Ladies/Gents toilets still open. We used to catch the bus home from here
How can the Marketplace change so much in the 10 yrs between 1972 and 1982. In '72 it had character whereas in'82 it was just another town anywhere in Britain. Just tragic.
This photo too is recognisable from when I knew it in 1953. I remember waiting for the Corporation bus up to my grandparents who lived near Cherry Gardens at St Clements Rd.
I had completely forgotten about that garden in front of Lowes.
So had I Veronica. They should bring it back, it looks so much nicer.
Many moons ago when I was a young Wigan Grammar School lad I remember the underground urinals with the glass fronted cisterns where very often some wag would place a goldfish or two! Something to look at while attending to business!!
The photograph was taken at 3:10pm according to the parish church clock, and there is a Warburtons bread van. Remember the underground toilets, and the bus information kiosk. The GMT bus is a single deck Leyland National, likely to be a TXJ K, or XVU M reg, that replaced the corporation Panthers HJP950-961H being withdrawn about this time.
I don't remember the goldfish Mick, but I do remember the smell