Photo: Dave Marsh
Item #: 1298
is this at rose bridge if so i was born in this shop in 1962 i lived there with my parents john & dorothy barrow & and my older brother robin.
This is Whalley's Temperance bar at Ince bar. I used to live in Careless Lane, just round the corner from it. My mam and dad used to give me a shilling (5p) to get sweets from there and I could go there on my own and buy a mars bar, a fry's five boys, a delicious nestles chocolate bar (that had milk, white and dark chocolate) and two ounces of pineapple chunks!! That would probably cost about 3 quid today. When I lived there Tom Whalley owned the shop and also had a pet shop in Wigan but he sometimes kept animals at home. One day I was coming down the backs from my friend Frank Tickle and was confronted by a snake. I jumped over the snake and ran home to tell my mam and dad but nobody believed me - until they saw the snake and complained to Tom. He said it was okay - that it wasn't poisonous - but my mam still told him off! This must have been about the mid 1950's and later Tom sold up and the proprietor was Lance Lucas. Our house in Careless Lane was demolished in 1962 and we moved to Kendal Road. I don't know what happened after that. I also remember Lythgoes pawnbrokers, on the corner between Manchester Road and Careless Lane, primarily because when I was playing football in our back yard my ball kept going over Lythgoes wall and he wouldn't let me have it back. Great days!!