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CORPORATION STREET POOLSTOCK

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CORPORATION ST
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 32783
ANOTHER NEWSPAPER CUTTING c.1970's

Comment by: Mick on 14th November 2020 at 12:46

They asked me how I knew, it was Esso Blue, I of course replied, with other brands I've tried, smoke gets in your eyes

Comment by: Veronica on 14th November 2020 at 13:12

Good comment Mick!
I'll be humming that tune now all afternoon. As for Corporation St, not sure where that was.

Comment by: CJAlan on 14th November 2020 at 13:13

I take it this picture is taken at the junction of Pool Street where the Honeysuckle Pub is?

Got to love the fact there were very few cars back then - you only have to look at the terraced streets off Gidlow Lane nowadays to see how bad parking is.

Just out of curiosity - when were these houses demolished?

Comment by: john on 14th November 2020 at 15:12

Great picture. My old mate's Grandparents lived in this street.

Comment by: James Hanson on 14th November 2020 at 16:32

They asked me how I knew
it was Esso Blue.
I of course replied,
with lower grades one buys,
smoke gets in your eyes.

Comment by: James Hanson on 14th November 2020 at 16:39

On a serious note, my mate's mum lived within 100yds of that corner shop from her birth to her death. She suffered from dementure.
When she was in her 90's, he was called out in the middle of the night, as she was stood alone, on that very corner with her dressing gown on.
When asked what she was doing there, she replied, "well, my mum's sent me to the shop for a bottle of milk, but it's gone".
A short circuit had brought back memories stored for over eighty years.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th November 2020 at 17:59

Professor Hanson it's dementia not dementure !
Very sad story though

Comment by: Edna on 14th November 2020 at 19:01

The last photo showed flared pants and platform shoes, this one the girl is in a mini skirt...Fashion come & go.

Comment by: Bill on 14th November 2020 at 21:37

CJAlan all those houses along corporation street were all demolished before 1975, my mum and dad lived in Peet street just off corporation street, and our home was the last to be demolished in our street, approx 1975/76, think i was about 6 when we moved

Comment by: Arthur on 14th November 2020 at 22:16

Bum bum bum bum esso blue.

Comment by: Frank Orrell on 14th November 2020 at 22:33

I took this picture in 1972. One day I'll do a book of then and now pictures including pictures like this. Ron if you want the original versions of any pictures let me know.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 15th November 2020 at 10:41

Frank a book 'NOW AND THEN' would be great then the younger generation could see the REAL WIGAN. When you think what Station Road was like the "younger"people going in the GRAND ARCADE couldn't comprehend it. Probably the people responsible for decimating the town i.e. knocking down the Market Hall knocking down iconic buildings to build two SHOPPING CENTRES, which have turned out to WHITE ELEPHANTS..These people had no affinity to Wigan and probably don't work in the town now.

Comment by: Edna on 15th November 2020 at 14:24

Ron, how many white elephants has there been in Wigan? What about the upside down houses in Scholes,in the 70s. The architect absconded and then they were demolished.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 15th November 2020 at 16:23

Theres so many towns in the area and out of town shopping centres, that there's no point in going to Wigan anymore. We tend to go to Leigh or Westhoughton and Horwich nowadays.

Comment by: Owd viewer on 15th November 2020 at 23:28

My dad came from a street off corporation st,4a wignall st, he lived there from 1920-1949 till he married my mam and moved to spring view.

Comment by: AH on 16th November 2020 at 10:21

remember this street well ,the streets on the right side ;walmer st, peet st wignall st,robert st,[formerly byron st].the houses on the left backed onto the river douglas; my grandmother lived at 3 wignall st until 1963

Comment by: Owd viewer on 16th November 2020 at 12:41

AH, you're grandmother must have known my dad's family, My dad's step brother, Fred Gavaghan lived at 4a wignall st all his life till he died in 1970.

Comment by: Harry on 16th November 2020 at 13:25

Did there used to be a chippie on this street? It didn’t have a sign as such just a house front door and a counter inside . We used to walk to it from school . It was on one of these streets . Lovely little chip pie it was. Anyone remember a chippie lik this in this area . Will be in the 70s

Comment by: John Gaskell on 16th November 2020 at 14:01

Owd viewer,
I remember my sister talking about a girl called Vena Gavaghan who live at the Corporation St end of Wignall street. Next door may have been the Murdoch family. We lived in Roberts St

Comment by: Owd viewer on 16th November 2020 at 14:05

If you look at the right side of the photo it looks like there's a pub sign, was there a pub in corporation st.?.

Comment by: Owd viewer on 16th November 2020 at 15:56

John, Vena was Fred's daughter, I lost touch with them around mid sixtys, so any information about them helps, thanks.

Comment by: AH on 16th November 2020 at 18:11

owd viewer; john Gaskell: my grand parents were bob & sally Wilkinson constance Wilkinson was my mother : mary Murdoch married name was moran: families I can remember in wignall st were; lowe, critchley ,riding ,Murdoch, moran ,gornik. The sign in corporation st is possibly the conservative club or the off license,the pub at the poolstock lane end was the westwood hotel:Jimmy berry barbers shop.hunters shop. myers shop & a butchers shop were all on corporation st

Comment by: cindy on 16th November 2020 at 18:18

There was a pub at the far end the door entrance was in Poolstock Lane it was called The Westwood, across the street from it was an Off Licence.Across from the pub in Poolstock Lane there was a chippy (reids) .Next to the old Labour club coming back up the street there was a Barbers, grocers, Conservative Club , A 2nd hand shop, a Butchers, Another off licence, & a Post office. there was a chippy on Pool street called Edmondsons, also Taylors chippy & achippy in Coronation St.

Comment by: AH on 16th November 2020 at 18:20

Harry the chippie you describe was in pool st I think it was bulloughs

Comment by: Joseph on 16th November 2020 at 18:43

Bulloughs chippy was on Pool Street. The Conservative club was on the corner of Peet St.

Comment by: ken on 17th November 2020 at 11:06

Betty Lawson had a hairdressers as well.

Comment by: AH on 17th November 2020 at 12:19

Cindy ; I know frank reid it was his parents chippie ,his nickname was "chip".the chippie in coronation st was may tinsley,s it is now a house.the butchers on corporation st was eccles,s. I could not remember the post office;

Comment by: JimB on 17th November 2020 at 13:06

Owd viewer/John Gaskell.
Interesting that you mention the name Gavaghan. There was a Gavaghan family in Chadwick Street (just a stone’s throw away from Corporation Street, across Pool Street.) in the 1950s. They had a son called Frank. I think they emigrated to Australia in the early 1950s and returned a few years later, to settle in Ince.
Could they be relations of those you mentioned?

Comment by: JimB on 17th November 2020 at 14:33

Owd viewer/John Gaskell.
Interesting that you mention the name Gavaghan. There was a Gavaghan family in Chadwick Street (just a stone’s throw away from Corporation Street, across Pool Street.) in the 1950s. They had a son called Frank. I think they emigrated to Australia in the early 1950s and returned a few years later, to settle in Ince.
Could they be relations of those you mentioned?

Comment by: cindy on 18th November 2020 at 18:11

AH You are right it was Bulloughs,& the chippy in Corporation St was tinsley,s, Frank reid worked on the canal if I remember rightly.We lived next door to Fieldhouses in Corporation St.

Comment by: AH on 19th November 2020 at 11:43

cindy : later frank reid opened a washing machine repair shop on wigan lane. i remember alan fieldhouse from corporation st . i lived in swan meadow rd utill 1964

Comment by: Jarvo on 22nd November 2020 at 20:25

I do remember Dick Barton's shop in Pool Street. My nana, Ginny Darbyshire lived on the corner across the road.

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