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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 13th December, 2016)

Makinson Arcade

Makinson Arcade

Photo: David  (Olympus OMD EM10)
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Comment by: Mick on 13th December 2016 at 00:25

I wonder whats goes on at the top floor

Comment by: Ellen on 13th December 2016 at 00:43

Quite the stunner! An amazing shot of a subject that always makes me think fondly of home....I can almost smell the coffee!

Comment by: Fred Mason on 13th December 2016 at 03:46

Excellent shot. Great lighting.

Nice one, David.

Comment by: Sue on 13th December 2016 at 06:09

A stunning photo to wake up to.For someone who has not visited Wigan for a few years now it evokes manymemories.Just feel it's a pity that the bakery shop doesn't blend in

Comment by: Orrellite on 13th December 2016 at 06:55

Classic example of why we need planners to use their authority to vet shop signs and make them in keeping

Comment by: Alan lad on 13th December 2016 at 07:12

Even the pound bakery is empty.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 13th December 2016 at 07:45

Ellen, I remember going into the Tea & Coffee Importers with my Grandfather, it was the shop on the right of the photo....as you say you can almost smell the coffee ! When visiting Wigan some years ago I took a photo of the shop threshold, the old floor sign was still there in all its mosaic glory...wonder if it is still there ?

Comment by: kath on 13th December 2016 at 08:54

great photo david!

Comment by: Vb on 13th December 2016 at 09:02

Magnificent building which stands out against the modern ....the stained glass is beautiful. As said the pound sign is too obvious.

Comment by: henry7 on 13th December 2016 at 09:39

Great photo, brings back so many memories of going in there on Saturday mornings with my Mother. The stained glass windows are really in keeping with the building.

Comment by: Alan H on 13th December 2016 at 09:41

Need a new bulb for the light second from the right.

Comment by: Anne on 13th December 2016 at 10:15

I have a vague recollection of this arcade being closed to the public once a year to prevent it becoming a public right of way. Do I remember correctly and is it still so?
Excellent twilight picture.

Comment by: Winder on 13th December 2016 at 10:55

This end of the arcade comes out on what used to be Woodcock St.
Mark Williams butchers, Crank and Burton's bathrooms a Boutique and the street market running round the corner into Hope St.
Always a good atmosphere round the area back then.
Very sad when you look at the state of the indoor and outdoor markets now

Comment by: Maureen on 13th December 2016 at 11:35

Where the pound bakery shop is used to be a clothes shop..and in my teens me and my Mam would go round Wigan market then into Gorners cafe for our dinner..and we'd always end up looking at the clothes in the window..my Mam would point to an item..be it blouse,skirt,or a dress and say "do you like that love"of course I would say yes ,and she would buy it for me..until it dawned on me to start saying "no Mam"..I think I was starting to grow up.

Comment by: Garry on 13th December 2016 at 11:54

We just can't grasp that shopping feeling anymore, can we!

Comment by: irene roberts on 13th December 2016 at 12:29

Yes, Helen, the mosaic is still there.

Comment by: Dave Lewis on 13th December 2016 at 17:29

The only room used upstairs now is the one over pound bakery.

Comment by: Pat McC on 13th December 2016 at 18:42

The coloured glass window looks like a peacock's' tail - those were the times when there was no shortage of craftsmen, and everyone took great pride in his/her work. The window warrants a photograph of its own.

Beautiful building, evoking much nostalgia for the past.

Thank you David for this.

Comment by: Liinda Massa on 13th December 2016 at 19:12

Maureen , what was the name of that dress shop?

Comment by: Maureen on 13th December 2016 at 20:17

Linda,I've been racking my brain to remember it..but can't,I hope that someone else can..there was also a nice clothes shop at the top of Makinsons Arcade named Jax. it was at the very top just to your left...lovely memories.

Comment by: Broady on 13th December 2016 at 21:30

Was it Crazy Girl??

Comment by: Maureen on 13th December 2016 at 22:43

That doesn't ring. bell Broady..but thank you.

Comment by: PeterP on 13th December 2016 at 23:08

corner shop was Graffton House

Comment by: Linda Massa on 14th December 2016 at 14:53

Peter p, your right. Maureen we talked about this before, went 'down' Makinson Arcade on places. wwqdO

Comment by: Maureen on 14th December 2016 at 15:10

I've just had a look Linda and yes Peter and you are so right..on WW communicate, on clicking on my name I'm wearing a dress fron there..it's red..wish I was so slim now lol.

Comment by: Linda Massa on 14th December 2016 at 17:10

You and me both Maureen.

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