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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 4th May, 2021)


The top end of Hallgate, Wigan.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mick on 4th May 2021 at 07:19

I would say the bottom end.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 4th May 2021 at 07:30

In the 1930/40s my Grandparents had a pie shop in Hallgate, not sure but think it was more towards the Market Sq end.
Places these days are littered & spoilt by signs, they sprout up every where.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th May 2021 at 07:52

I like Hallgate. It's good to see Rickard's shoe repairers still open in this throw-away age. It's like stepping back in time in that shop and the workmanship and old-fashioned service are second to none. I miss the old Wigan....Commercial Yard, The Old Arcade etc, as I think most of us do. I'm glad we've still got some bits left.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 4th May 2021 at 08:17

Yes I agree Irene,at least it's still there and has some character. I don't mind signage,it's s much better than having litter about that's for sure.

Comment by: DTease on 4th May 2021 at 08:25

The white building about half way up was the Bricklayers Arms. I remember going in there one New Years Eve many years ago and the Landlord and Landlady had made a huge Prato Pie. It was a tradition then to serve up Prato Pie to anyone who came visiting on New Years Eve. It was a huge pie but none of it was wasted!

Comment by: DTease on 4th May 2021 at 08:28

Mick, I think that’s where you speak from sometimes.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th May 2021 at 08:38

All those buildings have stood the test of time. The white plastic frontage on some don't do them any justice, neither does the signage all over the place. It's a quaint Victorian street which should be made the most of by celebrating its unique style in my opinion.

Comment by: Mick on 4th May 2021 at 09:31

LITTER,,, some of you sharped eyed viewers might be able to see the green Greenhalghs pie bag next to security camera post

Comment by: Roy on 4th May 2021 at 09:32

Sorry Mick, this is the top end of Hallgate, Hallgate still runs down the hill past the sorting office and Richmond St to a dead end just before Frog Lane. Look at the street sign to the left of the 20 sign it's there for all to see.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 4th May 2021 at 09:33

I totally agree Veronica. Not many streets like in Wigan or elsewhere & people like to mooch down a quaint street.....or in a Victorian Market Hall ! Oh well thats Wigan's loss.

Comment by: TerryW on 4th May 2021 at 09:49

Totally agree with you there, DTease.

Comment by: Jim Latham on 4th May 2021 at 09:52

Surely it’s a bit higher up than middle of Hallgate, since the photo only shows about 1/3rd of the street

Comment by: Carolean. on 4th May 2021 at 10:06

The Friar Tuck cafe was along the left hand side.

Comment by: PeterP on 4th May 2021 at 10:29

Dennis good shot of the top end of Hallgate. Mick the bottom end is were the post office(parcels collect) and the union offices are.Years ago there was a cafe on the Bricklayers side which did a mean cheese on toasts

Comment by: Veronica on 4th May 2021 at 11:04

Helen where I live it hasn't escaped completely from a modern shopping centre, but the Victorian streets leading to it have been added to with 'mock' gas lamps and they are in keeping with that era, even if the Wetherspoon's on the corner make a mockery in its own right!
Also Hallgate does stretch a lot further down as I remember. The green plastic bag on the right looks as if some kind person has been litter picking, to my eyes..

Comment by: Mick on 4th May 2021 at 12:34

Most Wiganers wont know that Hallgate, (except those who have just looked it up and a map, ) goes round to the PO sorting office, they will think it end here at the cloggers.
So its still the bottom end or halfway up if you want to get technical, but definitely not the top end as described

Comment by: Mick on 4th May 2021 at 12:49

I always think Howard from Mr Chips missed a trick when he named his chippy Mr Chips.
How much nicer would the King of Prussia diner have sounded. chip lovers would have travel from all over to sample them

Comment by: Jim Latham on 4th May 2021 at 12:52

Surely it’s a bit higher up than middle of Hallgate, since the photo only shows about 1/3rd of the street

Comment by: Rocky P on 4th May 2021 at 13:11

Sarah Lynn's pie shop on the corner in 60s/70s.

Comment by: DH on 4th May 2021 at 13:59

I remember a little cafe there as well in the 1970's. My mum used to take me in for a cup of tea and slice of raisin toast when I was little. It felt pretty special at the time (and still does even when I think about it now)

Comment by: Broady on 4th May 2021 at 14:55

I got my first Ben Sherman from a boutique down there in the late 60’s. Think it was called Countdown.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th May 2021 at 16:05

Where's JH when he's needed.... this is the TOP end of Hallgate no matter which way you look at it.

Comment by: Edna on 4th May 2021 at 16:19

Caroline, There is still a little cafe second up on the left.Im sure its still Friar Tuck.The first one on the left is the Samaritans Charity shop.My friend used to work there.

Comment by: PeterP on 4th May 2021 at 17:25

Jim it looks like the photo was took from the top of Dorning St and like you have said it only shows part of Hallgate. I can remember the motorcycle shop the job centre and the post office for parcels on the left just passed the entrance to the bus depot

Comment by: John G on 4th May 2021 at 18:12

Mick: Your correct LITTER, I’ve rang up the council to get it moved, just in case a bird SITS on it.

Comment by: James Hanson on 4th May 2021 at 18:41

If you dig out your maps you will see Mick is correct in what he says

Comment by: DTease on 4th May 2021 at 19:44

How do you work that out James? According to Google Maps he is wrong.
Hallgate runs from Market Street to where this photo was taken and then turns right and goes downhill to where it used to join with New Market Street across the road from Wigan Hall, hence the name “Hallgate”. So this is the top section of Hallgate and the bottom is near the gatehouse to Wigan Hall.

Comment by: Poet on 4th May 2021 at 19:45

Countdown was ace for Ben Shermans , Two tone parallels and Harrington jackets . Stolen from Ivor in Millgate for Levi's . For suits , Fosters . Shoes , Royals from Timpsons . Crop at Irene Worthingtons on Mesnes St.
Alas I'm now a Matalan man for everything , and cut my own hair with a Babyliss .

Comment by: RON HUNT on 4th May 2021 at 21:04

In the 1800's Hallgate started at the Market place

Comment by: The REAL James Hanson on 4th May 2021 at 21:14

Mick is wrong. The ‘bottom’ of Hallgate is the end of Frog Lane and the ‘top’ is the junction with Market Street.
He’s right about “most Wiganers” though. Most Wiganers know very little about Wigan.

Comment by: Julie on 4th May 2021 at 21:31

Poet Royals was from Mcnultys shoe shop as i used to buy them from there in the 70s.

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 4th May 2021 at 23:48

Wasn't Stairgate a branch off Hallgate ? I was involved with the Sea Cadets in Stairgate in the early 1960's.

Comment by: DTease on 5th May 2021 at 16:56

Stairgate was off Millgate Alan.

Comment by: Robyn on 9th May 2021 at 12:58

Can remember a Sarah Lynn's on the left corner, which became a ladies clothes shop called Town & Country Fashions. Friar Tucks cafe was a bit further up and another cafe on the right side of Hallgate further along called the Wishing Well. Nice to see Present Trend still going.

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