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Scholes, 1960s.
Photo: Ron Dawber
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Item #: 1742
Looking up Scholes from Scholes crossings.

Comment by: TOM P on 3rd January 2008 at 18:47


Comment by: Fred Mason on 26th October 2008 at 23:57

What character Scholes had in those days. My father came from Vaughan Street and his grandfather came from Ireland as most people did around there. Wasn't there a Chinese laundry on the left? Wonder if that's what George Formby sang about.

Comment by: Margaret Fonch on 26th March 2009 at 16:38

I remember my father saying he had his coollars starched at the Chinese laubdry

Comment by: Nogger on 30th March 2009 at 23:12

My wife used to play in the laundry with a little girl named Wong (maybe Mary - not sure) The laundry was on the right of the picture and the bottom half the window was painted green in the 1940's. I think it was Moi Toi's before Wongs.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th April 2009 at 15:50

the name of the girl in Moi Tois was Barbara she went to St Pat's school. I used to go there every Saturday for my dad's collars.

Comment by: Kathleen Wild on 23rd June 2009 at 16:57

Did Wong's have a chip shop aswell on the same row?

Comment by: curly on 10th January 2010 at 09:20

they certainly did have a chippy and the pub in the picture is the Fleece once occupied by the Priest family, Danny Frank John Jimmy all good at Sport. There was also a Pie shop further up Scholes than the fleece but same side Masons nicnamed pie joes. The pies were second to none.

Comment by: Wistful on 22nd April 2010 at 02:03

I and my brother and sister used to play with Johnny Wong from the Chinese Laundry. I wonder what happened to them?

Comment by: joanie on 17th August 2010 at 12:05

I lived next door to Wongs laundry until 1948 and yes there was a girl called Mary Wong my aunt Rhoda lived at the house were the net curtains are . There was a shop on the left near the top that used to sell pieces of material people called it Annie the Jews shop

Comment by: Maria Ryan on 17th August 2010 at 14:44

Thanks Joanie for pointing out which house was my nanna's (your aunt Rhoda). Its fascinating to see the actual house my mum grew up in. I have printed a copy of the piture off for our family tree.

Comment by: Christopher Ng on 18th September 2011 at 21:11

Yes, everything that was said is correct about the Wongs
Family, because I am the only son of Mary Wong now Mary Ng.
Mary is the oldest, then Anne, then George, then Barbara(who now suffers from Lupus and Picts disease) and finally Johnny.
The family is very much alive, of course their parents past away sometime ago. Also of note the Wongs had one of the first TV sets in Wigan.!

Comment by: Doreen Moore on 29th November 2011 at 00:17

Anne Wong was in my class at school (ST Pats) I loved her to bits.I sat next to her in two years in sucession. She had polio as a nipper. She was such a nice girl the darling of the class. If someone did not own up to doing something wrong the whole class got caned including Ann and the rest of the class would thump the culprit after school. Such a lovely family she took me home once to meet the parents and they made me so welcome.

Comment by: Christopher Ng on 24th January 2012 at 18:53

Thanks everyone, I've learned alot, now I have something to pick
On my mum about..ha ha..

Comment by: Tom Walsh on 29th January 2012 at 20:55

Regards to Chirstopher Ng, not only did you're Grandparents have one of the first T.V. Sets they had a film projector and screen . Your Grandfather used to come to St Patricks school to give film show a rare treat in those days . They were very kind, and well respected , I remember Your Grandmother ran the chipshop and Grandfather looked after the laundery . I am sorry to hear of there deaths, R.I.P.

Comment by: dave c on 9th April 2012 at 08:16

One of those shops on the right was a Chinese Laundry that I use to go to with my Gran when she took my Grandads Collars to be cleaned and starched. He used to nearly cut his own throat if he turnrd his head too quickly they were that stiff. He swore that it was the original "Mr Woo's" of George Formby, "Chinese Laundry Blues" fame

Comment by: Anne Wong (Chiu) on 28th September 2012 at 17:39

Hi, Christopher Ng is my nephew. Is it Doreen Woosey? I remember you! 60 years ago!! Nice to hear from you. Brings back lots of memories of Scholes and St Pats. Best Wishes Anne

Comment by: Christopher Ng on 18th December 2012 at 20:50

I have learned a lot about Wigan life, thanks Aunty Anne, nice to hear from you in these pages. At some point you must come back and visit Wigan, it is a must do if you ever get time? It is something I want to do!
Wigans past seems much better than today!

Comment by: Jen2312 on 22nd March 2014 at 16:00

Hi desperately tyrying to trace an Oriental male with the Christian name Maxime. He was apparently working at The Happy Palace Restaurant on Market Street, Wigan in 1967. I am hoping to trace other Oriental families from around Wigan at that time also as they may be able to help with my search. Any info in regards to this will be greatly appreciated.

Comment by: Lynda Morgan (weir) on 26th October 2016 at 15:35

Great memories of Wong laundry. I went to school - st Patrick's- and was a friend of Barbara, I used to go to her home after school, lovely parents nice memories,
My family moved to Pemberton 1953.

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