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Melias of Hindley
Started by: peter g (2057)  Report abuse
There is a shop at the top of Market St. in Hindley and they have removed the boards at the bottom under the window. There are some old green tiles there with the name Melias on it. I seem to remember the name but can't remember what kind of shop it was and when it shut down. Does anyone know.

Posted by: irene (2871)  Report abuse
I don't recall that particular shop, but Melia's was a general grocers like Morton's.

Posted by: beep54 (988) Report abuse
Peter which shop is it?

Posted by: daveŠ (3468) Report abuse
Yes, I remember the shop, it was part of a national organisation, just across the road from the church, 19 Market St. I'm sure they had sawdust on the floor.


I remember there was always a sort smell about the shop. not unpleasant, but you knew you were in the shop. I think, late 50s, early 60s when it closed.

Posted by: beep54 (988) Report abuse
up and around from Latimers dave?

Posted by: peter g (2057)  Report abuse
That's right Dave it's facing St Johns church

Posted by: retep1949 (425) Report abuse
Most shops had a distinctive smell in those days depending on what they sold.Peterg I bet you remember Charrnocks, they sold everything from clothes to parrafin,can smell it now.

Posted by: gideonfel (293) Report abuse
I remember Ollertons Butchers on the bend, just past the Lord Nelson and Fosters Newsagents. I can still smell the raw meat - and the sawdust on the shop floor!

Posted by: spud1 (1724) Report abuse
Who remembers Ellison's ice cream on Bridge St.

Posted by: daveŠ (3468) Report abuse
I remember Kenny Guy who had small newsagents shop/kiosk adjacent to the Palace cinema, also, his brother Walter (Wally) Guy who had a second hand goods shop directly opposite the Palace, always good for a mooch round.

Posted by: peter g (2057)  Report abuse
RETEP I lived near Charnocks just past the Dole I used to go for Paraffin for my dad to put in our outside toilet in winter. It then became a DIY shop. Dave, Kenny Guy also had a mobile stall at the council offices selling papers and comics to passengers waiting for LUT coaches going to Blackpool.

Posted by: gideonfel (293) Report abuse
Kenny Guy's! His newsagent's shop had the best collection of DC comics in the area [Superman, Superboy, Batman etc]. First time I saw them on the rack I was amazed, because the only Superman comics I'd read until that point were published by Atlas in black and white [bought from Foster's near the Nelson]. Yet there they were, in Kenny Guy's - American imports in colour!

Posted by: peter g (2057)  Report abuse
I used to buy them on Hindley market, read them, and take them back a week later and exchange them for others half price.

Posted by: daveŠ (3468) Report abuse
I also remember reading those comics, can't say I ever saw the black and white version though. Anyone remember Bizarro

Posted by: spud1 (1724) Report abuse
I used to buy my comics from Ken Guys,no one else sold what he had,I also bought my first Biro there,and caps for my cap gun,they were in strips of 10 for a penny.

Posted by: gideonfel (293) Report abuse
Dave - the black and white versions of Superman etc were published by Atlas, who also published the Christmas Annuals in black and white [Superman, Superboy, Superadventure and Batman]. It was the part of Christmas morning I looked forward to most - getting my annuals and [believe it or not] smelling them! Sad or what? I think Atlas stopped publishing the annuals around 1968 when another publisher took over. They were never the same after that.


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