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Photo: Jean Swift
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Located at 50, Gerard Street, Ashton in Makerfield, (c.1905), outside the ironmongers shop of William Swift (1843-1908), his wife Jane (nee Wood), (1843-1932), with 2 of their sons, Charles (1865- ) and Frederick Percy Swift (1881-!949).

Comment by: Alex on 26th June 2015 at 11:42

I would love to have had a browse in that store, you can imagine the smell of paraffin as you walk through the door.
Thank you Jean for a small piece if history.

Comment by: irene roberts on 26th June 2015 at 12:53

Agreed, Alex! I would love to walk in there.

Comment by: Maureen on 26th June 2015 at 15:42

It would be like walking into Aladdin's cave..lovely.

Comment by: Kenee on 27th June 2015 at 09:55

Does anyone know the location of this shop?
Green's supermarket; now B & M, is No. 34.
That would make this somewhere in the vicinity of Billington's old toyshop.

Comment by: Kenee on 27th June 2015 at 09:58

I believe workers of tin, aluminium and other non ferrous metals were known as whitesmiths.

Comment by: John G on 29th June 2015 at 12:40

Only ironmongers I can recall, early to late 60s was Johnny Moggies shop was close to the corner near the bank, I think quick save shop was there later. The old lad did not like kids used to chase them out or throw nuts & bolts at you, Infact he did not like Adults much either but in that shop was a treasure trove that time forgot.

Comment by: Jean Swift on 30th June 2015 at 13:01

This was my Great Grandfather's ironmongers and tinsmiths
shop at 50 Gerard Street. My Grandfather, Frederick Percy Swift who worked in the business as a tinsmith, is shown on the right of the picture.
The 1881 & 1891 censuses show the family living at no. 25 Gerard Street.
By the 1901 & 1911 censuses the family were living and operating their business at 50 Gerard Street, Ashton in Makerfield

Comment by: John G on 1st July 2015 at 09:44

Well done Jean giving us good info and the exact years, your grandad looked proud and dapper in his boater hat. When you look in the window at all the goods on display some of it looks expensive even the kettles would have been copper.

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