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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 22nd July, 2014)

Rotary Event

Rotary Event

Photo: Neil Rigby  (Fujifilm Finepix S4300)
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Comment by: Ellen on 22nd July 2014 at 04:43

It's been a very long time.
...Must confess that I'm lost! Are we looking towards the RAE hospital? I see part o a sign that says M& something- could that be Marks and Spencer?

Comment by: ted on 22nd July 2014 at 07:26

ellen, picture taken from what was woollies corner, looking down to mesnes st

Comment by: irene roberts on 22nd July 2014 at 07:58

Yes, the M and S sign is Marks and Spencer. The lady on the right with the purple, pink and white dress is outside what used to be Woolworths.

Comment by: Mick on 22nd July 2014 at 08:08

I can see bubbles.

I wonder whos dropped that litter

Comment by: Helen on 22nd July 2014 at 08:15

The road looks much narrower than it did when I was a child. I expect its been 'pedestrianised' ie the stone setts. Looks a busy event.

Comment by: kath on 22nd July 2014 at 08:44

The cobbles are still there though. Great photo!

Comment by: Jean on 22nd July 2014 at 14:12

Hi, If I remember correctly, if you took the first left down the bottom of this road Standishgate it took you to Market Square. Can anyone remember what shops used to be there on the either side of the road of that left turning? What shops where on the corners. Just trying to see it again in my failing memory. Any ideas? Thanks Neil for your great photo.

Comment by: Garry on 22nd July 2014 at 17:37

Its just perdestrianised like most towns today, it helps shoppers and its much safer.

Comment by: Alan on 22nd July 2014 at 17:51

Too many shops to mension, Jean.
Look on the WW website, that may help.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 22nd July 2014 at 18:40

Jean, just round the corner of that left turn i.e. Mesnes St, was Oliver Somers Sports Shop (also one on Market St.):-

As a sign of past times, I bought a football for the Travellers Rest Pub (Pemberton/just in Orrell) Football Team in about 1972; It cost £30 when a typical working wage was about £23 per week!

Comment by: Ken R on 22nd July 2014 at 19:11

Jean, the Street to the left is Mesnes St, Oliver Somers shop was just around the corner,

Comment by: irene roberts on 22nd July 2014 at 19:43

When you turned left into Mesnes Street, there was Oliver Somers', but I can't recall the others. On the opposite corner, there was Rumbelow's, and further along was Robinson's Sports shop. Again, I can't bring the other shops to mind.

Comment by: Jean on 22nd July 2014 at 20:27

Thank you Alan, I still love WW site, even though it could not help me this time,

Comment by: Ellen on 22nd July 2014 at 22:03

Jean,when I was a teenager (Lo these many years ago),I had a Saturday job at a shop on that corner (the corner nearest the camera position).Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the store. As I recall, they sold ladies "smalls". I believe I was on the hosiery stall.

Comment by: Ellen on 22nd July 2014 at 22:07

I forgot to mention that would have been in 1955 or'56.

Comment by: Helen on 23rd July 2014 at 08:44

Ellen, I too remember Wigan in the early 1950's. There was a shoe shop along on the right as you turned into Mesnes St. My Mother always went there to buy my shoes...clumpy & black ! They had an X-ray machine for making sure you could wiggle your toes about ! The Little Arcade was on the left & a shop near the Standishgate end sold ballet & tap dancing gear, I got a pair of red leather tap shoes there for my lessons upstairs in a place near the Congregational Church by the bus by Moores ?

Comment by: Kenee on 23rd July 2014 at 09:53

The shop on the corner of Mesnes Street was Boardmans house furnishers in the 1960's. In the mid 1970's it was Harris Carpets, further down Mesnes Street on the corner of Marsden Street was the Market (pub), which is still there.

Comment by: Jean on 23rd July 2014 at 18:03

Ellen/Kenee Thankyou for helping to jog my memory. I remember the Market pub, I remember the hippies used go in there a lot. How time flies..

Comment by: DotM on 27th July 2014 at 21:23

On the far corner of the left turning into Mesnes Street, there was a shop selling stockings and I can remember going in there with Mum to have the ladders in her stockings"invisibly" mended.

On the left hand side of Standishgate near the turning was the photographers Foley and Scott. I had a photo taken there which was in the front window for a while, fame at last!
On the opposite side of Standishgate after the turning, was Mark Williams butcher's shop.On the way home from Dicconson Street School,I remember animals being herded along the street into the back of the premises, presumably to be slaugtered. It was frightening to hear their cries

Comment by: christine bishop on 2nd August 2014 at 21:52

on the right in mesnes street,baileys cake shop ,sold delicious scotch pancakes and cream cakes

Comment by: Diane on 17th March 2015 at 22:10

On the corner of the street to the bottom on the left was rumbelows. It's now subway

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