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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 28th August, 2021)

Downhill


Downhill
Looking from Millgate down Hewlett Street, across Library Street to the blocked off Grimes Arcade on Arcade Street.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mick on 28th August 2021 at 07:15

Oh my god there will be some happy feet this morning after seeing a photo of McNultys shoe shop
That coppola must be raining in for it to be wrapped in a big plastic bin bag.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th August 2021 at 07:55

No changes here, old Wigan still impressive buildings. Just noticed the covering on top of the 'turret' . I know that's not the 'reet' name for it, just can't think of it.

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th August 2021 at 08:48

I think McNulty's is the only name in that street that was there when I was a little girl. I used to catch the bus home to Ince opposite the shop. Isn't the blocked-off arcade the one that was known as "Grimes's Arcade"? I think Grimes's Music Shop was at the other end of it, on King Street. Sometimes I think it needs a photo to bring to our consciousness the lovely old buildings we have around us.

Comment by: Garry on 28th August 2021 at 09:00

Grimes Arcade what a real shame, use to be a great little Arcade and short cut from King st to Library St. Now like most things around Wigan gone in to history.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 28th August 2021 at 09:31

I got a pair of shoes from McNulty's in the late 1960's I think they cost me around £5.00 which was a lot of money then as you could get a pair from Timpsons for around £3.00. BEST shoes I ever had. They were brown leather 'slip ons' I must have had them soled and heeled umpteen times, and probably had them for 10+ years before I discarded them.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 28th August 2021 at 09:36

Saw what you did there Veronica :)

Comment by: Carolean on 28th August 2021 at 09:51

Veronica. Its a cupola.

Comment by: Maureen on 28th August 2021 at 10:08

Just look at the work on those buildings..it's beautiful,you just don't see that anymore in Wigan.
And it's so sad to see what Grimes Arcade has been reduced to,as teenagers we could go downstairs and listen to our favorites in the booths,and there was always beautiful pianos in the window,which my Mam always wanted to buy for me but alas there just wasn't enough room at home for one.
I went in McNultys a couple of times although I can't recall buying any of their shoes..the man that served behind the counter was a tall very good looking chap and his assistant was a Mexican type looking young fellow with a bad limp..I believe the tall good looking chap had a soft spot for my Aunt Netta.( According to my Mam ).King St and Library St hold many memories for me.

Comment by: Poet on 28th August 2021 at 10:12

When ever I see one of those cupolas I develop a nervous twitch and start shouting out random words . Could be turrets syndrome .

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 28th August 2021 at 10:24

Lovely memories of McNulty's shoe shop.
Our Easter shoes came from there as did our First Holy Communion shoes and my wedding shoes too.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th August 2021 at 11:16

I was always taught to use another word/name when stuck. But thanks to you all who reminded me. I have seen enough 'cupolas' in my time travelling to Rome especially! It's an age thing these days.

Comment by: Pat McC on 28th August 2021 at 11:25

Lovely photo Dennis, beautiful rich colour on the brickwork, very warm and inviting.
I think I know the chap in the blue sweater - Bernard, who used to work on the railways. That's my claim to fame!!

Comment by: standish johny on 28th August 2021 at 11:49

used to work in the building with the cupola, it was Timberlakes garage in the 60s. sprayshop was on top floor where I learned my trade.

Comment by: DTease on 28th August 2021 at 12:07

Some years ago I was rebuked by a Policeman for my (alleged) use of ‘Intemperate language’. I told him that I couldn’t help it because I had turrets.
Funny thing was, judging by his reply to that, he seemed to have it worse than I did!

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th August 2021 at 12:39

DTease, you Do make me laugh! xx

Comment by: Veronica on 28th August 2021 at 14:25

That's what's needed Irene - instead of nit picking...

Comment by: Broady on 28th August 2021 at 15:39

Go through the arcade into King Street and there was another shop that seemed to have been there for years. P.A. Kinley. A gents outfitters.

Comment by: Gary on 28th August 2021 at 17:36

Standish Johny - in 1969 Harry Hughes of Hughes Bros cheese factors, Gidlow Lane, took delivery of a new 1500GT Cortina from Timberlakes. It arrived without the wheel trims shown on the brochure.
Harry was a Methodist lay preacher, but primarily a businessman. I had to drive him to Timberlakes while he raised Cain about the wheel trims.
He got them eventually, but I got to drive the car. A fine vehicle.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 28th August 2021 at 17:36

Ron, it would appear to me that that those shoes of yours from Mc Nulty's were on a par with Trigger's broom.... Ten years old, but with six new heads and three new stails.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 28th August 2021 at 17:46

Nethen standish johnny, a mate of mine also learned panel beating and spraying at Timberlakes in the 60's...
Irene knows him...
Does the name Grundy ring any bells?

Comment by: Poet on 28th August 2021 at 18:04

I hope Veronica doesn't think my post was aimed at her . I looked up Tourettes beforehand and found sufferers from it were far more likely to utter random words than expletives . I would never snipe at such a dear lady .

Comment by: Maureen on 28th August 2021 at 18:05

Broady,my Mam always bought shirts,ties. or jumpers from Kinleys when it was Cliffs birthday..it was always good merchandise.

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th August 2021 at 19:05

Ozy, I know who you mean with the name Grundy, and Poet, I assure you Veronica won't have taken the slightest offence. She is a lovely lady who loves a laugh and a bit of fun.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th August 2021 at 19:54

Not at all Poet it made me laugh - I thought it was very clever. ;o)) x

Comment by: Edna on 28th August 2021 at 21:42

Good photo Dennis, there was also a Mc Nulty's in Scholes were I used to get my walking day shoes from.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 29th August 2021 at 08:07

Ozy, I sent in a photo of that lifting equipment you were on about but I don’t know if Brian will use it.
If you could get Brian to pass on your email I would gladly send you a copy via email. It’s not a brilliant photo but at least you would know if it is what you are interested in.

Comment by: Bill parr on 1st September 2021 at 13:53

Re Gary’s comments the car if new would of come from Harry Williams the Ford dealer on wall gate as the 1500 cortina GT was a Ford had one myself in
1964 .Timberlakes was an Austin/Morris dealership
Nice photograph happy memories

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