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White Swan
White Swan
Photo: Tony L
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Joan Neville - further to the photo you posted earlier. this Then and Now photo should answer your question (despite Rons comments and doubts on the original pic)

Comment by: RON HUNT on 5th June 2019 at 21:24

Arghh I see it now The photo is taken looking from the back in White Street towards Fleet Street and Ormskirk Road

Comment by: Jarvo on 6th June 2019 at 11:19

Len Booth had his barber's shop just around the corner in Ormskirk Road. Anyone remember Len?

Comment by: RON HUNT on 6th June 2019 at 13:16

I CAN REMEMBER GOING TO LEN'S AFTER SCHOOL. PROBABLY LATE 1950'S. I HATED IT... ALWAYS WAITING FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS, AS ANY MAN THAT CAME IN, HE WOULD CUT THEIR HAIR FIRST.

Comment by: Jarvo on 6th June 2019 at 21:16

So true, Ron. We used to wait for ages. You had to kneel up on the chair and face everybody...Short back and sides, and then brylcreem...Bloody ordeal...

Comment by: john on 7th June 2019 at 12:54

I lived in Goose Green and Dad used to take us to a barbershop at the bottom of Little Lane (I hated going.) Anyone remember that one?

Comment by: A.W. on 8th June 2019 at 10:05

Remember going to Harry Fisher's barber's shop at Orrell Post, he was a right old fashioned barber, there was always a box of umbrellas waiting to be repaired in the corner of the shop, a lot of barbers used to repair umbrellas as a side line. Does anybody know if that customer was particular to Lancashire or was it more widespread. Harry didn't serve men before boys as far as I recall though he did charge extra for boys haircuts on Saturdays. fisher's shop closed around 1990, I believe he was over 90 when he retired.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 8th June 2019 at 10:28

A,W, I can assure you he did cut men's hair before boys. I can see him now saying "This man is working so I'll do him before you" I got so fed up waiting for two hours or so I started going to a barbers at the bottom of Enfield street. Then when I got older, and went to the TLS I went to the barber's in the the MOOT HALL in the Commercial Yard who had 3 barbers No waiting<g> Then progressed to various barbers. Ted Spencers, and a barbers that was upstairs in Woodcock street. I think it was above the fruiterers near Meesons sweet shop? I can see the barber now I think he also worked as a conductor on the buses either before or after he had his barbers shop?

Comment by: A.W. on 9th June 2019 at 11:23

Ron Hunt, I used to go to Harry Fisher's in the 1960's also remember the barber's in the Commercial Yard. I seem to recall that Harry Fisher charged about 1/6 for boys in the late 60's, he charged more for men, I suspect that wouldn't be allowed nowadays.

Comment by: Jarvo on 10th June 2019 at 13:13

Ron, the barber in question was David. He had his shop on Ormskirk Road about half way down from the Mount Zion to Sherwood Drive. He was a right character. I always remember going in and asking for a Mod cut. His reply was: 'I haven't got time today, lad'...So short back and sides it was...Grrr.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 10th June 2019 at 13:42

I remember going to the MOOT HALL barbers in the Commercial Yard and asked for a 'NERO' just cut short brushed forward with a very short fringe ala, EMPEROR NERO I can remember the barber saying to me "YOU NEED TO BE AN HERO TO HAVE IT CUT LIKE THAT"

Comment by: Ian Worthington on 17th November 2019 at 15:22

Just found these photos, where the old pub was must have been very narrow at that point.Love looking at the old photos of Wigan.

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