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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 24th March, 2023)

Library Street, Wigan


Library Street, Wigan
The corner of Library Street and Wallgate.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Veronica on 24th March 2023 at 07:42

That’s a ‘grand’ looking photo Dennis. The ‘old’ Wigan as was and still is.

Comment by: freddie on 24th March 2023 at 07:59

Or, where the policeman used to stand

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 24th March 2023 at 08:07

Good one, Dennis. I think The Moon Under Water is an established Wigan landmark now, unlike other businesses that come and go. Didn't it used to be an electrical shop back in the 1960s? Was it Broadmead's? I seem to remember washing machines etc. in the side window in Library Street. I also seem to recall some railings near to where the man is walking, with bus-drivers in their Summer uniforms leaning and having a chat and a smoke in-between shifts when my friends and I went to Wigan on a Saturday afternoon. I am happy to stand corrected if I am wrong but that's the memory that came straight into my head on seeing today's photo.

Comment by: Anne on 24th March 2023 at 09:09

Yes Veronica, certainly the “old Wigan” the only real difference being no policeman on point duty and maybe a slight difference in the pavement layout and other minor oddities.

Comment by: Julie on 24th March 2023 at 09:17

Irene you made me sad thinking how Wigan used to be in the 60s as you recall. Everything was so different than today how things have unfortunately turned out. I can remember the buses being all parked up near there waiting for different destinations they was going to.

Comment by: Gareth Cheetham on 24th March 2023 at 09:35

Was a branch of the Halifax Building Society just before being the 'Moon' I think...

Comment by: Pw on 24th March 2023 at 11:33

There used to be a blue police telephone box,a Tardis.

Comment by: John on 24th March 2023 at 11:59

It was an electrical shop at one time in the sixties as Irene says, and I seem to remember there was a police call box somewhere near where the red car is?

Comment by: DerekB on 24th March 2023 at 12:13

Irene, you are right about the electrical shop being Broadmeads from the late 50s. I think it had been a bank branch prior to Broadmeads. They used to have radiograms and tvs etc. outside the shop in the covered area between the entrance and the pavement.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 24th March 2023 at 12:27

Yes Irene,Broadmeads used to be there,and Halifax later on,can remember going for an interview there about 1980.

Comment by: Kath H on 24th March 2023 at 13:15

It used to be The Midland Bank in the 70’s.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 24th March 2023 at 13:53

I remember Bobby standing at that junction with the white gear on directing traffic do you Dennis.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 24th March 2023 at 14:50

That Wetherspoons is our first port of call every other year for Christmas do alternating with Westhoughton, I recollect helping an elderly lady with half a dozen drinks back to her friends table they have a big variation of clients there.

Comment by: Gareth Cheetham on 24th March 2023 at 16:10

Katherine H, the Midland Bank was the building opposite, just visible on the right of the picture with the blue 'sports' sign. It was a lovely interior, full of old wooden cladding, partitioning and general fittings. I believe that the Nat West on Standishgate is still like that to this day.

Comment by: Garry on 24th March 2023 at 18:36

You just have to marvel at that building , the architecture and build quality made by first rate craftsman. (unlike today).
In the 1960s it was indeed an electrical shop TVs, washing machine and so on.
Thanks Dennis.

Comment by: Garry on 24th March 2023 at 18:42

The blue police box (Dr Who) was located at the bottom corner of Millgate. Just opposite the old ship Inn.

Comment by: The Dithering Strap on 24th March 2023 at 18:47

Looks a nice place, although I've never been. Would there be a library still in existance in that street, or has it disappeared with the passage of time?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 24th March 2023 at 20:22

The library is no longer in Library Street, but is situated nearby. The building that originally housed the library is still in Library Street but is now a Local History Museum.

Comment by: Pw on 24th March 2023 at 21:27

Doctor Who must have gone on his time travels Garry.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 24th March 2023 at 22:44

Museum of Wigan Life - "We hold over 30,000 objects relating to life in Wigan Borough, past and present."

Things like - "a 3500 year old Egyptian mask"? and "a German helmet from the First World War"?

Comment by: Ray on 25th March 2023 at 08:22

Irene you can't change street or road names if a company ceases trading or in this case the Library on Library Street.

Comment by: Pw on 25th March 2023 at 08:36

Doctor Who must have gone on his time travels Garry.

Comment by: Pw on 25th March 2023 at 09:12

I still have no idea why my comments get repeated,no doubt this one will be the same.

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