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Market Place Wigan 1951 colourised
Market Place Wigan 1951 colourised
Photo: Keith
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Item #: 35142
I’ve tried to add a splash of colour to Ron’s excellent photo of the Market Place photo of 1951.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 5th June 2024 at 07:13

What a great splash of colour Keith.... the Wigan I remember !

Comment by: Veronica on 5th June 2024 at 07:33

It’s a lost world although the structure is still there for all to see. I remember the ‘see through’ plastic macs the woman is wearing. People took care with their clothes and went ‘up town’ dressed in their best.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 5th June 2024 at 09:16

Yes, I remember the pac-a-macs too, Veronica, and I love the fact that most men and women seemed to wear hats back then. That is a lovely picture and the colour brings it to life.

Comment by: alan winstanley on 5th June 2024 at 14:27

Absolutely brilliant photo i agree i wish we could have those times back even though one has to supposedly move with the times .

Comment by: Linma on 5th June 2024 at 14:31

Without apologies.
This is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, the happy highways where I went and never will again.

Comment by: DerekB on 5th June 2024 at 15:01

Those were the days! When you could park virtually anywhere in the town centre , and for free.

Comment by: Carolaen on 5th June 2024 at 16:35

Derek. Then again hardly anyone had a car - which is why we went into town on the bus, or walked it indeed.

Comment by: Keith on 5th June 2024 at 17:55

I agree very few had cars but from the photo it appears there were quite a number about (but no new ones). I was one of the lucky ones, my publican father, had acquired a 13 year old car and on Saturday mornings in 1951 (I was 9) we would park it, as DerekB said, anywhere in town (in our case usually in Station Road) just outside Woolworths. It was a swift trip around the store before quickly getting back in time to open the pub by 11am I think it was.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 21st June 2024 at 07:26

I can’t quite make out the name of the shop on the left hand side of Bakers, it looks to be something like Baxter’s. Nor the shop to the right of the entrance to The Market Arcade or as most people knew it The Little Arcade.
Can anyone name the and what they sold?

Comment by: RON HUNT on 21st June 2024 at 10:12

HUNTERS chemist..

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 21st June 2024 at 14:26

Thanks Ron, mystery solved.
And the one at the right hand corner of the Little Arcade?????

Comment by: RON HUNT on 21st June 2024 at 16:44

JOHN BOULTON'S Ironmongers

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 6th July 2024 at 05:51

Thanks Ron.
In that vacant plot to the right of John Bolton’s would be built the three story building now housing the Cell Fix shop on the ground floor.

Comment by: John Brown on 7th July 2024 at 12:25

I notice there are no black and white stripes in the road - at the crossing.

Comment by: Meg on 7th July 2024 at 15:09

The black and white stripes were first introduced in Slough in 1951. I wonder how long it was before Wigan used them.

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