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Ashfield House Standish late 50's info
Started by: BLACKRODWEAVER (579)  Report abuse
Was Ashfield House in Standish (which is now I believe a resteraunt) in the late 50's onwards an annex to wigan hospital ,I seem to remember as a young lad going there for
eye treatment, but my mate says it must have been somewhere else.

Posted by: linma (2572) Report abuse
I was a typist at Ashfield House in the 60's. Upstairs were the Council offices and downstairs was the school dentist, the baby clinic and ante-natal classes, so the chances are that is where you went for eye treatment.

Posted by: ŠartŠ (6154) Report abuse
It was also a base for Lancs County Ambulance Service, 'til '68, when the new station was built..(now closed, I believe)...I worked there from '69

Posted by: tonker (21358)   Report abuse
I think it might belong to Dave Whelan!

Posted by: lizziedownunder (6818)  Report abuse
Blackrod you are right......I had a lot of dental work done there.....sat in the chair at the big bay window .....I can still smell the disinfectant to this day......very traumatic.....

Posted by: alan lad (443) Report abuse
I remember going for gas at dentist always had a bad dream under gas late 50s

Posted by: lizziedownunder (6818)  Report abuse
I remember it too Alan.....horrible stuff.....had a lot of dental work done before we left for Australia....those damn gob stoppers....I had too many of them.....got a great dentist here.....

Posted by: oldjourno (51) Report abuse
I can still smell the gas in the dentist! Part of the ground floor was leased to Lancashire County Council who provided the health cover for schools and young mums/babies. Nurse Hargreaves used to weigh the babies and give out concentrated NHS orange juice is medicine-sized bottles. The remainder of the ground floor was used for social functions (I had my wedding reception there in 1970)while Standish Urban District Council (including linma)used the first floor.

Posted by: linma (2572) Report abuse
I wonder if I booked your wedding reception for you oldjourno, we in the Clerks department did that.

Posted by: oldjourno (51) Report abuse
Hi Linda. Think you probably did! But my dad would have booked it with you - and I think we got it for nowt!

Posted by: elizabeth (5439)  Report abuse
I thought Ashfield House was a retirement Convent for Notre Dame around 1960's I seem to remeber visiting my Aunt there a ntre Dame Nun please correct me if I am wrong

Posted by: linma (2572) Report abuse
I worked at Ashfield House in the 60's Elizabeth but it belonged to Standish UDC, nothing to do with a Convent.

Posted by: tonker (21358)   Report abuse
I thought it was part of the estate belonging to Thomas Standish, which was bought by Whelco Holdings in 2004.
Wigan Council held leases on some parts of his estate.

Posted by: gaffer (6334)   Report abuse
The restaurant is owned by Mel Street a close confidant of Dave Whelan.

Posted by: tonker (21358)   Report abuse
That's the restaurant. What about the freehold property?

Posted by: gaffer (6334)   Report abuse
The planning application for housing listed Mel Street as the land owner.

Posted by: tonker (21358)   Report abuse
I didn't know planning applications show the identity of landowners?

Posted by: oldjourno (51) Report abuse
My dad worked at Ashfield House from May 1960 until mid-1980s. Never any connection with the Notre Dame convent. LCC leased rooms downstairs and after local government re-organisation it was used by Wigan Tech admin department.

Posted by: cllr gareth fairhurst (5397) Report abuse
Mel Street owns all Ashfield House and restaurant. Don't believe DW had it at any time.

The eye clinic was there in the 80's too.

Posted by: jud178 (243) Report abuse
When Ashfield House was owned by Kevin Barker it was the best resteraunt in this area by a mile.

Posted by: Bradshaws Girl (81) Report abuse
The Notre Dame convent was in Roundmoor Road which is on the opposite side of Wigan Road from Ashfield House. The nuns are no longer there.


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