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The Bird Shop, Wigan

Started by: jo anne (33502) 

Happy Easter everybody!

This painting has appeared on Twitter today, and I’m just wondering where the bird shop (Booth’s?) was?

The Bird Shop, Wigan
By Harold Riley (b.1934 in Salford)

@GrimArtGroup

It’s now owned by the University of Salford - artuk.org

Harold Riley’s biography - rileyarchive.com

Started: 4th Apr 2021 at 13:01

Posted by: jo anne (33502) 

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

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6855)

They look to be 'Canary's' no doubt for the miners

Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 14:53

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6855)

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

Posted by: AngelWood (494)

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

Posted by: jo anne (33502) 

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

Posted by: AngelWood (494)

The one on the corner by the traffic lights joanne. I think it was painted blue?

Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 15:52

Posted by: jo anne (33502) 

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

Posted by: Diston (197)

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

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6855)

I suppose they could have been green budgies

Replied: 4th Apr 2021 at 17:47

Posted by: Platty (389)

Wasn t there a bike shop there? Might be thinking of somewhere else.

Replied: 6th Apr 2021 at 19:38

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6855)

Corner of Birkett Bank and Darlington Street East/Manchester Road

Replied: 6th Apr 2021 at 19:53

Posted by: jo anne (33502) 

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

Posted by: Diston (197)

Still a bike shop years ago was a newsagents.

Replied: 7th Apr 2021 at 20:40

Posted by: Platty (389)

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

Posted by: tonker (23315) 

Jo anne said, "it was a brilliant building."!

Get real !

Replied: 7th Apr 2021 at 22:42

Posted by: broady (16704) 

I think most of us were born in the last century.

Replied: 7th Apr 2021 at 23:33

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6855)

Tonker

That is no way to talk to the vicars wife

Replied: 8th Apr 2021 at 00:05

Posted by: jo anne (33502) 

Replied: 8th Apr 2021 at 07:29

 

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