Photo: Philip Confrey
Item #: 937
I was told that when the Yanks were in Ashton, Johnny sold them bikes and when they were drafted out, would buy them back and sell them on to the next batch that came along. He used to sell pit tools and was known as Ha'penny Jack, because if something started to sell well, he would up the price by another ha'penny!I recall a piece in the paper when the shop closed about finding a whitewalled tyre for a 1935 Rolls Royce.
From the age of about 9, my parents used to send me to ‘Johnny Moggies’ for paraffin in winter. It was very intimidating, I can only describe it as the nearest thing to Steptoe’s house, only more packed. Once you crossed the threshold you didn’t know if you would ever get out alive.
Obviously gone by the time of this photo, but did not there used to be an old fashioned hand operated (vehicle) fuel pump at the corner which is occupied by that metal construction in this photo?
Yes, there was an old fuel pump, Fina Petrol. I think it might just be out of shot in this photo, a little further round the corner. There was a little cobbled 'drive in' for re-fueling vehicles. Judging by the shadows the photo was taken about tea time.
Ah memories! When my dad needed a tool or parts for our bikes or just a rummage,he would nip into Johnnys while mum went around the market. Like Johnny Morris that market sold everything.