Photo: Frank Orrell
Item #: 32651
The Millgate premises were opened 120 years previously.
Brings back memories bought my first kitchen units there in 1962 i think the brand name was Lady Love .
We bought a bed here for my son, and it broke at one side after about 2 months.I think it was John who asked had he been bouncing on it.Bacically he was saying he had used it like a trampoline.NO!! We said.He was very reluctant to change it.
Wigan family History gone forever, so sad, and for what, the Grand Arcade that nobody likes including myself.
Many thanks Frank. My grandma 's shop isn't on any of these photos but nevertheless they have brought back some memories. The one of the Boro Chippy shows the new civic centre in the background which is where the shop (Cunliffe's) was sited.
The Pennington brothers look like Morecambe and Wise singing Bring me Sunshine sitting on the sofa. I remember Penningtons furniture shop, I don't know when it opened but can't believe it is 19 years since it closed in 2001. The front of the building is still there, was going to be a cafe but never happened.
Wigan album spoiled with all these flashing adverts when you are
Studying the the photographs.
They were cousins.
It was such a quaint 'shop' I remember walking down hill inside. Usually kitchen furniture was at the bottom end and on the left a rickety staircase with bedroom furniture in the top rooms. 3pce Suites were downstairs. I remember getting a teak piece of furniture with glass cupboards at the top and drawers and cupboards underneath which took nearly all the space up along the living room wall. I can't remember what the furniture was called. I loved looking around Pennington's you were sure of a bargain. It was the place to go after McCurdy's shut down in Scholes.
Lovely photos thanks to Frank for posting them.
We all know what broke that bed, Edna.
It was your husband, jumping off the wardrobe onto the bed, dressed as Batman.
David Pennington was a neighbour of mine a lovely man he and his wife Joan made us very welcome when we moved in the street and didn't know anyone, I remember he invited us into his home at new year,I recall he had lots of black and white pictures of the business with furniture deliveries by horse and cart,Sadly he passed away about ten years ago.
did'nt Trevor Lake the rl player have a garage somewhere near Penningtons !
Worked at Penningtons during the summer of 1970 with Stephen Kindred. Six days a week for £6. The two cousins in the photo and their two father's were wonderfully tolerant of two unruly teenagers. Taught me all I know about getting a three piece suite through a narrow doorway.