According to the tripe marketing board facts and figures In the 1920s, there were something like half a million tripe shops in Lancashire and an estimated 2,000 tripe shops and restaurants in Wigan alone!
Wigan stallholder Denise Webster is the only seller of this old Lancashire delicacy – the stomach lining of animals – for many miles around. “We used to sell pig belly and cowheal as well, but it’s too expensive now,” she says, “Tripe has gone up to £3.20 a pound, but it’s still very popular. We sell 50 kilos of it every week. It’s very good for you.”