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Smith's book shop
Started by: i-spy (14037)  Report abuse
It's been gone for a long time but I still miss it. There wasn't a book or magazine they couldn't get you. Now it's a charity shop

Posted by: tonker (19598)   Report abuse
Smiths could only get you any books which were available to the open market.
ANY bookshop should be able to get you any books available to the open market. And there are other bookshops.

Posted by: i-spy (14037)  Report abuse
Should is not as good as would

Posted by: berylh (1682) Report abuse
I always enjoyed a browse around this shop, was sorry to see it go.

Posted by: momac (9310)  Report abuse
I-spy,have you not been to the recycle library at Beech Hill..theyve hundreds of books.

Posted by: tonker (19598)   Report abuse
Have they got a copy of 'Fly Fishing' - by J.R.Hartley?

Posted by: aussie94 (1664) Report abuse

Posted by: flaggy delf (519)  Report abuse
Waterstones and W.H.Smith are pathetic compared to Smiths regards local history and transport. I am with you I -Spy

Posted by: i-spy (14037)  Report abuse
Clearly a man of taste

Posted by: tuddy (951) Report abuse
Product Details
Fly Fishing: Memories of Angling Days26 Jun 2015
by J. R. Hartley and Patrick Benson
Get it by Tomorrow, Feb 15

Posted by: irene (2871)  Report abuse
Agreed. Spent long-ago happy times in there with an old friend, and my daughter used to work there.

Posted by: Wigan Rover (633) Report abuse
The Record Dept., Staff where always very helpful too . Ordered lots of vinyl there in the 1970's and 80's and they would even save Promotional Items to some of my favourite musicians for me ... great store and staff

Posted by: irene (2871)  Report abuse
A lad I worked with at Debenhams in the early seventies left to work on records at Smith's and was there until it closed. A really nice lad. He probably took your orders, Wigan Rover.

Posted by: momac (9310)  Report abuse
Mr Smith and my Uncle hitch-hiked to London in the 30's to look for work,
he was a lovely man as is Trevor his Son.

Posted by: Wigan Rover (633) Report abuse
Irene , yes the person in question did work in the Record Dept., for many years , so although I cannot recall his name , I do remember him well .

Posted by: irene (2871)  Report abuse
Couldn't recall his name when I put the post on, but I think it was Keith. Still can't think of his surname.

Posted by: Wigan Rover (633) Report abuse
Keith is definitely right Irene . I would not have known his surname at that time .

Posted by: fred mason (2659)   Report abuse
How thing's change over time. In the fifties, The Little Arcade, full of character, later , a lovely shop in the town, full of good stuff.

Now, online shopping beats all....

Modern Britain, what??????????

Posted by: i-spy (14037)  Report abuse
Personal service has gone forever

Posted by: baker boy (14070) Report abuse
online shopping may well have taken over, but nowt beats the little shops in wigan from yesteryear.nosing around wigans interesting shops,pudding,chips and peas with gravy at gorners,mmm.
still WMBC made all our lives simpler with the tripe shops that replaced the old ones,tripe anyone or gorners.

Posted by: irene (2871)  Report abuse
Agreed, baker boy.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (2892) Report abuse
In the 1970's I had to get specific text books when dooing my 'O' and 'A' Levels and the only shop where you could order those books was Smiths, there was no where else around Wigan where you could order books


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