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Millgate 1960s
Photo: Colin Harlow
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Item #: 26020
This photo of Millgate is to confirm the location of Brian's photo item 26010...of the unknown walking day place.

Comment by: Giovanni on 15th February 2015 at 13:40

Woolworths, the Ritz are clearly visible. I recall a furniture shop called John Peters also.
I've walked hundreds of times down there to the Emp' then Casino. happy days!

Comment by: Alex on 15th February 2015 at 14:45

They knocked our beautiful buildings down for the grand arcade, they should have got 25 years behind bars.

Comment by: irene roberts on 15th February 2015 at 15:50

I remember Oxley's store. I think it had one of those overhead systems where your money for purchases was sent along to a cashier, and your change came whizzing back the other way.

Comment by: john on 15th February 2015 at 16:34

Before it was Oxleys it was Pooles if I remember rightly.

Comment by: Aubrey on 15th February 2015 at 16:39

Lots of memories, strange to see it without the buses though.

Comment by: irene roberts on 15th February 2015 at 17:46

Yes, John, it was Poole's, (not to be confused with the pie-shop). "Poole's Central Warehouse", I believe. My Mam always called it Poole's, even when it was Oxley's. It was a department store, but not as posh as Lowe's or Pendlebury's. I certainly remember going in as a child.

Comment by: Albert. on 15th February 2015 at 17:55

Is that a bobby on the beat, on the right hand side? It appears very quiet, probably taken on a Sunday.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th February 2015 at 18:51

I used to love this area of Wigan,I worked just around the corner facing the Ritz when I was sixteen,going into Oxleys was as I remember an eye opener..for some strange reason I dream quite often about going in and looking around,but the place I miss the most is Tom Whalleys pet shop..all gone for the Grand Arcade, a place I've been in
once,and don't care if I never go in again..it's all about retail..all the character has vanished..but that's only my opinion.

Comment by: john on 15th February 2015 at 19:33

Thanks Irene, yes we bought our dining table at Pooles about 45 years ago and it's still almost as good as new.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 15th February 2015 at 19:48

In the 1960s I always knew the road on Millgate to be cobbled, on the left of the road was the Ship inn, the Salvation Army then the Chippy (great) Tom Whalley's pet shop at that time were a little further up on the right, going towards the Baths. The Army and Navy store were opposite the Salvation Army. Irene, was spot on with Brian's unknown photo of the Walking day, when she stated,"on the left would have captured Woolworth's"...and there it is!

Comment by: bob on 15th February 2015 at 19:50

That's Station Road, not Millgate

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 15th February 2015 at 19:57

Albert, it is a Bobby next to the Post Box, and yes taken Sunday afternoon. Remember, at that time in the 60s, all major shops were closed, you were lucky to see a chippy open apart from the odd Chinese. A vast differents to today.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 15th February 2015 at 20:05

Correct Bob, but the point of this photo is to compare it to Brian's unknown walking day photo.

Comment by: Garry on 15th February 2015 at 20:08

BOB's right.

Comment by: John on 15th February 2015 at 20:22

Do you remember the newspaper seller on the corner at Odell,s he alway,s had a cigarette in his mouth about a quarter inch long.

Comment by: irene roberts on 16th February 2015 at 08:34

Yes, it is Station Road. Millgate goes off to the right. I knew that; just wasn't thinking.

Comment by: Alex on 16th February 2015 at 08:39

The newspaper seller who shout out Wigan Observvvvvveeeeeerrrrrr! Another was next to Wallgate station too.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 16th February 2015 at 09:00

This photo could well be late 1950s. The Ritz is showing Night of the Demon that was release in 1957, starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis.

Comment by: A.W. on 16th February 2015 at 09:55

Irene, I too remember Oxley's, it was an old fashioned sort of place rather dark inside and a bit of a labrynth, or so it seemed to me as a child.

Comment by: maggie on 16th February 2015 at 10:46

Our buses to arrive her & depart. the corner of Woolies was where we used to wait for our friends. So many happy memories.

Comment by: Albert. on 16th February 2015 at 11:12

Thanks for the confirmation Colin, relative to the bobby. You won't find many bobbies patrolling like he is, on the streets today. A bygone age.

Comment by: Brendell on 16th February 2015 at 12:03

I too remember the overhead cash system in Oxleys. I also remember catching the bus back to Spring View from the stop further down on the right.

Comment by: Wiganreds48 on 16th February 2015 at 12:15

Does anyone remember Tom Whalley taking the puma for a walk along the River Douglas in Scholes. He'd have it on a collar with a thick piece of rope used for a lead, dogs would bark but the puma never flinched. Wouldn't be able to do that these days.

Comment by: DerekB on 16th February 2015 at 15:01

I remember at Christmas time Poole's always opened a big toy dept. It seemed magical and massive to us 7/8 yr. olds, but probably wasn't to adult eyes. It always featured an extensive model railway set up with stuff we had no chance of affording but it was free to look. No doubt today's kids would consider it to be pathetic, or uncool in their jargon.

Comment by: Alan on 16th February 2015 at 15:17

Very sad what happened to Woolworths. Wigan people loved the store and Woolworths loved Wigan.

Comment by: Giovanni on 16th February 2015 at 16:10

I remember, WiganReds. And the caged monkeys in his shop! It was great to spend time there seeing, to us kids, the exotic animals!

Comment by: Maureen on 16th February 2015 at 16:33

Yes Wigan red,I remember the puma,it was kept in a cellar
beneath the cages on the left as you went in the shop..how cruel to keep a wild animal in those surroundings,one of the girls was walking up Millgate one day with a fox inside her coat when I went to her thinking it was a dog and I stroked it,I was lucky it didn't bite..

Comment by: BEV on 16th February 2015 at 17:21

lOOK NO SHUTTERS ON THE SHOP WINDOWS, YOU COULD WINDOW SHOP AT MIDNIGHT IF YOU WANT.

Comment by: Giovanni on 16th February 2015 at 20:08

Very lucky Maureen. You could have got rabies!!
What was she doing with a fox anyway? I know, for Irene to wear it around her neck!! LOL

Comment by: Maureen on 16th February 2015 at 20:58

Giovanni,Tom Whalley would have any animal that was unusual..and the girl out of the shop must have been taking it for some fresh air..I never saw it in the shop so God knows where he kept it.

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th February 2015 at 11:50

Very droll. Giovanni! I'm afraid I don't run to a fox-fur; mine is a stone-marten, which is a step up from a ferret! They are actually two joined together and are called Neville and Winston.

Comment by: Alan on 17th February 2015 at 13:23

Lets not spoil the post!!!

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th February 2015 at 13:45

Hello, Alan, love! How are you, my little flower? xxx

Comment by: Giovanni on 17th February 2015 at 14:45

I've heard of a Pine Marten but not a Stoned Marten! Must be a hippy-type of animal! lol
Named after Chamberlain and Churchill then Irene?

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th February 2015 at 15:33

That's right, Giovanni, Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill.

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