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Station Road, Wigan


The old Powell Museum
Photo: Brian
Views: 740
Item #: 32530
Photo taken in the early 80s.
(Photo by John Metcalfe).

Comment by: Donald Underwood on 19th June 2020 at 19:53

This I knew as the Powell Juvenile Library where I was a member from the earliest age.It was the domain of the formidable Miss Ethel Gee who could quell the turbulent queue awaiting her dismounting from her bicycle with the power of the human eye.There were desks to which were chained ancient volumes of the Boys Own

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 19th June 2020 at 21:35

I used to go every Saturday morning on the 'bus from Ince. I loved it. There was a little museum upstairs,

Comment by: Mr X on 19th June 2020 at 23:09

All these buildings were demolished to make way for the ring road in 1985. On the corner was the Horseshoe pub, I don't know what the high building next door was but remember the low building next where the red car is (looks like a newish Honda Civic at the time) as a women's hairdressers, Then finally the Powell museum and children's library.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th June 2020 at 07:21

Visited many times to borrow my favourite books. The Secret Seven, The Famous Five, Mallory Towers and What Katy Did Next. Things were different then to today, you had to be quiet, or there was a loud 'Shush'..any bad behaviour - out you went. In the fifties there was round tables and chairs to sit and read. Another building that did not deserve to be demolished. I moved on to the adult library at 14 at the bottom of Library St, now the History Museum.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 20th June 2020 at 10:03

Yes I agree, another historic bit of Wigan gone for ever.Probably would have been looked afer and maintained in a town with a council who cared about such things.

Comment by: Cyril on 20th June 2020 at 14:56

Can't remember which building it was in, but there was a dental technicians thereabouts who made false gnashers, bridges and crowns etc.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 20th June 2020 at 15:37

That's all easy enough to say, Elizabeth - but perhaps you might imagine the centre of Wigan coping with today's traffic trying to get through on the old road system. I only drove through a few times in the mid-1960s, and it was chaotic enough then. Given the geography of the central area, and the restrictions caused by the river and the railways, clearing a way through the existing buildings was the only possible choice.

Comment by: Arthur on 20th June 2020 at 17:39

Rev , with all respect your a Liverpudlian and you only drove through a few times and it was chaotic.... that's the reason why, you don't know Wigan and don't know all the roads like us born and bred Wiganers.
In the 1960 Wigan was a great Town for the road system, if you knew Wigan and it's roads to avoid town you would have been ok.
I agree with Elizabeth much of our great buildings have been lost forever....and some building lost with the same road systems still in place.
Great photo from a bygone age.

Comment by: Edna on 20th June 2020 at 18:56

My favourite books too Veronica.Enid Blyton. They give me the reading bug. Also we were allowed to go on our own at the age of 10 /11.That wouldn't happen today.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 20th June 2020 at 22:12

That's a bit racist, Arthur. As far as I know, until Beech Hill was joined up by a new bridge to the A49, there was no by-pass to Wigan town centre which didn't involve tortuous, restricted roads. Whatever they were, they would not have served today's traffic at all.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 21st June 2020 at 17:59

Another part of Wigan lost forever, captured for posterity by John. Thanks for posting them on Brian, they're brilliant

Comment by: Janet on 21st June 2020 at 18:30

Why is it racist???? Are you for real ?

Comment by: RG on 23rd June 2020 at 08:55

A light-hearted comment only, Janet. I think that's allowed. Great photo of a time remembered, thanks Brian.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 23rd June 2020 at 19:43

Light-hearted? Us Scousers do not like nasturtiums being cast, I'd have you know.

Comment by: RG on 23rd June 2020 at 21:35

Ha ha that is good Rev David. I Know what you mean.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 25th June 2020 at 15:45

I hope the old gentleman is still sitting contented in Mesnes Park. Is his shoe still being rubbed?.

Comment by: Chris Dickinson on 29th June 2020 at 13:01

I am not quite old enough to remember the buildings in this photograph but I do agree with the comments that the old road system would have caused mayhem if Riversway hadn't have been built in the late 1980s. The current road system is now buckling anyway under the heavy traffic.
The roads going up towards Ince and Whelley are quite bad now at peak times. It's such a shame the buildings in this photograph couldn't have been saved because they have real character to them.

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