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Started by: mand1 (140)

Does anyone remember the name of the catalogue shop that was in the same row as C & A and you went down the stairs to it?

Started: 12th Sep 2013 at 14:03

Posted by: joseph 1 (inactive)

Parker Franks.

Replied: 12th Sep 2013 at 14:06

Posted by: Anne (3795) 

Joseph...I remember the place in a basement but the name doesn't ring a bell.

Replied: 12th Sep 2013 at 14:11

Posted by: Anne (3795) 

Joseph...I remember the place in a basement but the name doesn't ring a bell.

Replied: 12th Sep 2013 at 14:12

Posted by: joseph 1 (inactive)

I think it's a Chinese now.

Replied: 12th Sep 2013 at 14:13

Posted by: Realicedtea (1)

Yup, Parker Franks.
Great memories of my Gran treating me to M.A.S.K. themed Wham bars from there as a kid.
Their vast toy section, over on the right hand side as you descended the stairs, stocked some highly sought after obscurities. Highlights I can recall include the 'Madballs Mad Rollercycle' and the 'Heathcliff Jumbo Jet Home'.

Replied: 28th Jul 2020 at 11:15

Posted by: TerryW (4790)

I remember Parker Franks discount store always smelled of damp they had a few stores around and was owned by Philip Green who bought BHS for £200m and sold it for a quid.

Replied: 3rd Aug 2020 at 23:30

Posted by: scorpion (797)

Anyone any idea what was the name of the Apron shop down Wallgate under the railway bridge? It might of been called Discount Daises but i'm not sure.

Replied: 4th Aug 2020 at 07:36

Posted by: FAT MICK (1550) 

Scorpion why do you want to know this, is it because you want a new pinny.

Replied: 4th Aug 2020 at 08:21

Posted by: scorpion (797)

No Mick. Mum used to get aprons from there but even she can't remember what it was called. I think they made various work related items. Just remembered it was called Betty Bows.

Replied: 4th Aug 2020 at 08:35
Last edited by scorpion: 4th Aug 2020 at 08:40:59

Posted by: FAT MICK (1550) 

I think Betty Bows was up Miry lane

Replied: 4th Aug 2020 at 08:48

Posted by: scorpion (797)

Replied: 4th Aug 2020 at 09:07

Posted by: mollie m (6339) 

I'm wondering why this thread has been resurrected after seven years, especially when the original poster never came back to read replies from Joseph and Anne.

I liked Parker Franks which was indeed in a basement but I don't remember it being a catalogue shop. The only catalogue shop I can remember down Standishgate was the Green Shield Redemption Shop which was opposite C&A, not on the same row.

I don't suppose it matters now though.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 06:05

Posted by: TerryW (4790)

Mollie m. I was reading through the older posts and came across this one and the Parker Franks name jogged a memory for me so I posted on it. I often read the older and funnier threads from years ago,it gives you an insight in some members and their traits, seems they were more content and happier times a few years ago on WW, one or two bust ups but nothing like there is now.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 07:57

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (5322)

Aprons eh !

They never called them Aprons in Wigan unless yoo were posh, like Mick says they were called Pinnys me mam had a pinny, in fact she had several, and in the 1960s all mums wore head scarfs when they went out, to keep all the smook and muck out of their hair, and in the house they wore a pinny all the time, and they kept their cigs and matches in the pockets of the pinny

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 08:36

Posted by: retep1949 (620)

I am sure Parker Franks used to sell stuff from Grattons.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 09:07

Posted by: TerryW (4790)

Some called them a pinny some called them a brat.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 09:09

Posted by: firefox (2165)

Imagine having a shop just for catalogues.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 10:07

Posted by: Brasstoff (102)

Brat was short for Brattice.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 10:10

Posted by: firefox (2165)

Argos has stopped making catalogues.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 10:13

Posted by: firefox (2165)

Argos has stopped making catalogues.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 10:13

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (5322)

Well my mum called it a pinny

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 10:13

Posted by: TerryW (4790)

I thought a brattice was a wood partition like down't pit and such.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 11:26

Posted by: Brasstoff (102)

Apparently yer right, Terry.
I always thought it was a heavy cloth.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 12:07

Posted by: firefox (2165)

Both right, it seems.


brattice
/?brat?s/
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noun
a partition or shaft lining in a coal mine, typically made of wood or heavy cloth.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 12:10

Posted by: TerryW (4790)

It's no wonder I'm a major contributor to WW No1 site.

Well in Brasstoff and cheers Firefox.

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 15:37

 

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