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    the corner shops

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my grandfather Charles leming had the butcher shop on main street that is now a library in the 50s.they lived across from Blackwell chevrolet dean cliver, glassboro, USA

9th Mar 2019

I remember the corner shop opposite our house in Great George Street. It was Sharples and on the opposite side was one of many pubs around the area. david, Wigan, Lancashire

8th Dec 2018

I went to the Convent in the fifties and there was a little shop nearby,run by two old ladies,that sold penny loves hot from the oven.The smell drew you in.There was always a queue of hungry girls. anne heyworth, CHORLEY, United Kingdom

30th Oct 2016

I left Billinge to live on Skye when I was six. I remember Trevor Jolley's fish and chip shop (Gaskells?),and an old lady called Jinny who had a tiny shop - my dad said she sold lovely bacon. I went to St James's school. Diane Wright, Fife, Scotland

4th Apr 2016

Mordes n bernerds shop andrew green, WIGAN, United Kingdom

22nd May 2015

Does anyone remember the tiny sweet shop next to St Michael's School on Swinley Lane? All the usuals, everlasting toffee, spearmint bars, liquorice whips etc. Run by a massive man who had to stoop to avoid hitting the ceiling. Blank-faced without being menacing. Ring any bells? Derek Hyde, Whitehorse, Canada

3rd May 2015

I remember billy owens and all the pawn shops and the kimiks and all the chipys margaret doherty, peter st st helens, uk

2nd Feb 2015

Joe greenwoods paper shop Springfield road always remember the gas fire near the door Chris cunney, Wigan, England

1st Jan 2015

I remember Kays,it's a car park their now.Joining the Cadet's,you were told to get a pair of Black boots from there which were pre-worn but cheaper than new. Phil, Wigan, England

18th Dec 2014


16th Nov 2014

Does anyone remember Kay's in Darlington Street. They sold all sorts of second hand items, quite a lot from the Second World War, including uniforms and gas masks Christine, Knighton, Wales

26th Oct 2014

To Demetrio Lagana,i remember your dad of magicream Joe.His Ice cream company used to be in the same street of the school I went to in Ince, Rose Bridge High School.He also sold ice cream on the council estate I lived on at the time.We used to have a joke with him that England were better than Italy at football.Every now and again from his van,he used to save all the broken ice lollies and do a scramble by throwing them on a grass verge then watch us dive for them with a smile on his face.On hearing his ice cream tune from his van,we always said Joe is here. Phil, Wigan, England

22nd Jul 2014

My Uncle had a cobblers /Shoe repair shop in Hallgate or was it Wallgate!!??),i think it is now a tattoo shop or something similar.It was in the 70s/80s,he had 4 children (my cousins),but as they got older non of them wanted to work in the shop on a saturday,so i used to work for him on many occasions,sadly he died in 1988 of cancer,he was only 55.Does anyone remember him and his shop "George Speaks" Iain Speak, Gravesend, United Kingdom

10th Jun 2014

I lived on frog lane , I rem teds corner shop, we used to take milk and pop bottles back for money , there was a pie shop on the corner of gidlow lane and frog lane can't rem who had it but they were best pies ever and the juice mmmmm Tracy Aspey, wigan, United Kingdom

10th Mar 2014

Hi, I'm writing from Italy. Doe's someone remember my father "joe" icecreamer of "Magicream? Demetrio Laganą, Reggio Calabria, Italy

5th Nov 2013

does any remember billy butcher going on his rounds. and jack cragg fruit and vegs with his horse and cart. janet farrington, wigan, england

23rd Oct 2013

does remember jenny sharrocks shop u could bye any thing but the kicken sick happy days janet farrington, wigan, england

23rd Oct 2013

i remeber bert oliver pie shop newtown were i got a pie from there for my brothers ans sisters we use to every saturday and then take it bk to our nanies mccann janet farrington, wigan, wngland

23rd Oct 2013

Just been back to Wigan Aug 2013 When I was in my teens Pooles shop was near to the bus stop for Manley St Lower Incentive.Must say that the present area in Wigan in superb today with a shopping Mall to match any in the world.To the youngsters today in Wigan I say....you are so lucky to live in such a lovely town.A great lot has changed for the better Oh and the Meat and Potatoe Pies (you won't get me calling them Potato and Meat!) are better than ever. Put on too much weight eating them over our stay this year! Ron Winnard, Johannesburg, South Africa

12th Sep 2013

I cant believe no-one has mentioned as yet "Taylors" shop in prescott st,close to the little tunnel, and the white bull pub,typical shop with meat slicer on the counter, weigh your own spuds (knocking off the dirt first)penny tray stuff like penny arrow chews, blackjacks, fruit salads,spanish and gob stoppers to choke you.Shop all week with the "book" ( slate really),settle up on dads payday,when the shop was shut you could shin up the gate and knock on't back doer for me mams woodbines, only thing wrong was that they didnt sell pies on a monday, tut tut.... allan wilkinson, wigan, england

3rd Aug 2013

i remember being sent as a kid to a shop right up manchester road past rose bridge and it was known as jack tomorrows. think it may have been some kind of chemist as my mam would say go and tell jack tomorrow can he make me a bottle up for some complaint or other. i dont think his name was tomorrow but because he always said il have whatever in tommorow. i also remember always going into woodcocks for toffee before school. alison hockey nee smith, WIGAN, United Kingdom

25th Jul 2013

I remember my Aunty Gladys Mann used to shop at Baggaley's corner shop all the time, anyon remember Joyce Mann who had the sweet shop in town ? JoyceH, Alberta, Canada

8th Mar 2013

i now live in lorne street "cassy's off licence" that was,its haunted along with a few other houses... nadine foy nee sharp, wigan, lancs

25th Feb 2013

Hey,Edith, hope you didn't call in the shops on the way to school you know how strict they were on eating sweets in uniform! Miss Liptrot would have a fit! carol, wigan, england

15th Feb 2013

I remember corner shops I lived on Warrington road goose green walked to school st marks between . 1965 1970 x5deqe Edith birch, Wigan, Uk

25th Jan 2013

SPRINGFIELD MEMORIES: I lived at 50 Springfield Road from 1948-1965, down from Greenwood's Newsagency and across the road from Hardman's Grocery Store. I also spent hours in the back room of Alice Kennard's chip shop. Thanks to the other contributers for bringing back happy memories. Norman Skellon, Sydney, Australia

13th Nov 2012

My dad, Philip Partington, had the corner shop at the top of Argyle St, Hindley from before WWII to 1966. Famous for Penny Lollies ("How much are your penny lollies?"!!). My grandad Joseph (Barm Joe) ran the shop from the 1920s. During the 50s and 60s, my mother, sister, brother and me all took our turns to serve. I can still remember the price of many things we sold - Echo Margarine 8d for half a pound! geoff partington, Leeds, UK

5th Nov 2012

Mona's at Lanehead, Burnley. Bubble gum called 'Black Sambo' - couldn't do it now. Liquorice sticks like wood, sweet cigarettes, Kay-li however you spell it, sherbet dip with hollow 'spanish' straw. Football cards given away in I think chewing gum - Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse, Stanley Matthews of course. Pear drops, sarsaparilla tablets, gob stoppers. Interestingly the shop window was full of most of what was sold. Couldn't do that now - elf'n'safety, hygene, flies etc. Ian McLauchlin, Exmouth, United Kingdom

16th Sep 2012

I remember Annie Gray's corner shop in Church street Standish Wigan. As a child we went there often to buy sweets, she was a patient lady and I liked the smell of the sweets and there was a lot to look at inside her well stocked shop. Leeanne, Wigan, England

15th Sep 2012

Barbara, are ypu Barbara Benbow? irene roberts, wigan, england

15th Jul 2012

My mum kept Baggaley's corner shop at the bottom of Bridgewater street. The days of the tick and no supermarkets. I remember Annie Beham, Eva Leigh, Barrows Temperance Bar, Mellings for parafin, Pingy Pub, Cases Arms. Lots of shops, and I think it was tickle that sold toys. lots an lots of stuff. Barbara Nettleton, Wigan, England

27th May 2012

yes doris, i remember the shop very well, used to go in a lot, before and after going to sacred heart school, happy days. tony, wigan, england

11th Apr 2012

My dad was Joseph greenwood who had a newsagents on Springfield road. Does anyone remember it? Doris greenwood, Wigan, England

8th Apr 2012

Hiya Anita! Deborah told me you had left a comment about the `bon bons'!! It's lovely that you remember this too. I remember coming to your birthday party when you lived in Hindley and having fondue!! I think of you whenever I see one. Do you remember when I came on the train to Southport and we went to the fun fair? It's nice that you remember my dad. I learned to play the tambourine at Elim, I can't remember if you did too! Look forward to your reply. x Julie Evans (Crabtree), Dwygyfylchi, North Wales

5th Jan 2012

Haya Anita!!!! Thank you for getting in touch. I`m THRILLED to hear from you.I remember your name and I laughed out loud when I read "want one bon,bon." Sooo funny!!! Wait till I tell Julie- no doubt she will be intouch. Watch this space!! x Debbie Roberts (Crabtree), Abergele, N.Wales

12th Nov 2011

hello debbie crabtree, I remember going for sweets - bonbons, with your sister julie, and she's say: want one, bonbon? That was funny then. Got good memories of that time, also your dad at Elim. anita hindley, rijnsburg, holland

11th Nov 2011

does anyone remember winstanlys shop in scot lane newtown i used to play with barbara she had a sister called audrey i lived at 96 scot lane and i had a brother called david who sadly died only 51 joan austen ne barlow, cambridge, england

23rd Aug 2011

I remember Bill Naylor's shop too in Scot Lane and Rodens,we lived in Sinclair Place just off Montrose Ave.Bill Naylor used to deliver as well and he used to come round the streets in his van once or twice a week.I loved the chippy that used to be next door to his shop,yum yum.I went to Scot Lane school and very often called in at Rodens on my way home to get Kali.we left for Australia in 1962..worst thing we ever did.I remember standing at the bus stop at the bottom of Greenwood Ave and wandering if the bus would make it round the corner,they used to come down there so fast Carol Naylor(Nee Myers), Melbourne, Australia

2nd Aug 2011

Just wanted to say I remember maggie pennington from warrington road in ince. I was married to her nephew. hello christine jolley from poulton doreen (ainscough) catterall, wigan, england

27th Jul 2011

I remember your dad and mum,Jim Latham. Walter was our butcher and my mum and dad were Hilda and Harry Crowther.What was the name of the shop next to yours? Do you know of anyone who lived around there in the 50's.My sister Anita went to school with Gillian and I remember Marjorie well. Do you remember Charlie Boltons shop along Poolstock Lane? Anne Rose(nee Crowther), Wirral, England

8th Jul 2011

I remember "Marions" at the top of Holt Street in Higher Ince.(1960`s) I use to go in with a penny and buy sweets from the "penny box" It was a blue plastic tray with dividers in it full of penny blacks and gob stoppers!I loved it!I remember the sound of us walking in on the wooden floor. There was also "Jacks" a bit further down... I use to get sent for pies on a Saturday morning for our dinner. I can smell those pies right now!!! Happy days. Debbie Roberts(nee Crabtree), Abergele, North Wales

5th May 2011

i don't really have a memory to add but I was just curious about the shop owned by Eric and Joyce Briscoe that was mentioned in one of the memories on this website. I recently found out that my grandfather was from Wigan. His name was Fred Stewart Briscoe and he was born in the late 1880's. Not sure when he came to the States but I think it was in the 1910's. He married my grandmother, Mary Ann McKenzie of Sunderland, England, in Illinois around 1917.He died in 1964 in Vancouver, Canada. Just wondering if the is any connection between the owners of the shop and my family. Greg Briscoe, Huntington Beach, California, USA

13th Mar 2011

i lived up ladies lane in hindley and we had a few corner shops brenda hindleys ada cassadys weastheads pie shop chaps pie shop ellens chippy mackies butchers co op raymonds cloggers gracies chippy seddons barbers annie carrolls margeries a betting shop and a paper shop and we had 2 dairies tollets and clarksons what more did we need lynn fishwick, hindley, lancs

8th Dec 2010

Hi, does anyone remember Margaret Fitzgerald she ran a corner shop at 101 Walgate, later she lived in Darlington Street East and then Rylands Street she died in 1953 Fitzgerald, Manchester, England

29th Nov 2010

For Susan,The potteries were inbetween eckersleys mill and the bus depot off pottery road, the shop was on the corner of pottery street and pottery terrace the owner being maggie mathews. kevin unsworth, wigan, lancs

24th Nov 2010

Where in the Potteries was the shop? Susan, Wigan, Lancashire, England

24th Nov 2010

does anyone rember maggie mathews shop in the potteries and have any photo's,also are you the brian kellie who used to pass his time at horwich loco? potterite, wigan, lancs

21st Nov 2010

There would have been a lot of butchers shops in Wigan itself and in its surrounding disrticts, Shirley. Any idea of the name of the butchers or the name of the road it was in? irene roberts nee griffiths, wigan,lancs, england

8th Oct 2010

I've never been to England; that's only a dream. But I wonder about the butcher shop that was there in 1881. My great grandmother heiped run it. Antone know the name? shirley haas, Central Florida, USA

2nd Oct 2010

Iremember Mrs Orgylls shop on Hallgate just up from where the Royal Mail Sorting Office now stands. I think it was absorbed into a furniture shop. I went to the National Bluecoat School across the road,from 1956 to 1962. The shop sold sweets of all varieties but the biggest sellers always seemed to be the penny tray and the "seppie" cigs and matches she sold to the Grammar School lads who congregated there on thier way to school in the mornings and at lunchtime. She probably sold lots of other things, but sweets were the main interest at that age. Someone always seemed to be on watch at the top of the three or four steps up to the entrance, presumably looking out for School Teachers. I remember there were chairs, or was it a bench, always full of big lads sharing a fag. As I remember she was a a biggish lady, like everybodys favourite Auntie who turned a blind eye to the various wrongdoings of underage smokers. She even remembered my Dad who had also been to the same school many years before. dave c wigan, WIGAN LANCASHIRE, UK

2nd Aug 2010


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