The Bird Shop, Wigan
Started: 4th Apr 2021 at 13:01
There’s a photo on WW Album submitted by Sandra - Link
“Ernest Rushton, outside his shop on the corner of Caroline Street and Chapel Lane”
Philip G. added this interesting comment (Dec 2017):
“I've no doubt that there will have been many a corner shop on the streets of Wigan, over the years, but perhaps Mr Rushton's corner shop is also that which is shown in Harold Riley's painting 'The Bird Shop, Wigan.' Just curious. Thanks.”
Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 13:07
They look to be 'Canary's' no doubt for the miners
Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 14:53
The cage at the bottom of the picture, looks to contain two sheep, who both have two heads, one at each end of the body, a sheep with two heads
Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 14:55
The windows are different. There is a similar shop on the corner at Ince Bar, now sells bedroom furniture.
Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 15:36
I’m not sure they are sheep with two heads, TTS, but there could be some artistic licence.
Are you thinking of what was Mace’s, Angelwood? (Is it a bed shop now?) WW Album
Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 15:46
The one on the corner by the traffic lights joanne. I think it was painted blue?
Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 15:52
I’ve just looked online and Bargain Bedrooms is painted blue - this is the shop in the late ‘50s:
WW Album, Brian
Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 16:03
The cage at the bottom of the picture looks to have two fantail pigeons, lots of people had canarys in there houses in those days.
Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 17:34
I suppose they could have been green budgies
Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 17:47
Wasn t there a bike shop there? Might be thinking of somewhere else.
Replied: 6th Apr 2021 at 19:38
Corner of Birkett Bank and Darlington Street East/Manchester Road
Replied: 6th Apr 2021 at 19:53
That could be a good shout, Platty, it was a brilliant building. I don’t know anything of its history.
Replied: 7th Apr 2021 at 14:00
Still a bike shop years ago was a newsagents.
Replied: 7th Apr 2021 at 20:40
Diston, when was it a newsagents? I only remember a bicycle shop. Were you born in the last century?
Replied: 7th Apr 2021 at 21:26
Jo anne said, "it was a brilliant building."!
Get real !
Replied: 7th Apr 2021 at 22:42
I think most of us were born in the last century.
Replied: 7th Apr 2021 at 23:33
That is no way to talk to the vicars wife
Replied: 8th Apr 2021 at 00:05
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