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Lower Ince


"The Launderette", Warrington Road
Photo: Rev David Long
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Item #: 13321
Even now coach trips pick up passengers at 'The Launderette' - even though it's been gone for 20 years or more. The street to the left is Hilton Street, with the concrete fencing and gate leading to the coal yard which once stood where Winstanley Place is now. The Post Box has moved to more or less opposite the photographer.

Comment by: irene roberts nee griffiths on 24th January 2010 at 20:25

Does anyone remember Alf Taylor's drapery shop on Warrington Road, Lower Ince? I think there was one in Spring View, too. They had cardboard boxes containing childrens' vests,and knickers, baby linen, pinnies etc. There was a brass yard measure on the counter and your purchases were put into brown paper bags or brown papaer parcels. Oh, to see it all again!

Comment by: geoff on 24th January 2010 at 22:47

the first house used to be a wool shop,it was owned by a relation of mine(jessie peters).it looks like this was taken after the shop closed,as the shop window had been made smaller.does anyone remember aunty jessie?.i always enjoyed calling in,she was good fun.

Comment by: Dennis on 25th January 2010 at 06:52

Irene... I cannot place the Alf Taylors in Lower Ince, but I do remember the one in Spring View, it was on the corner of what was Duke Street, but is now called Marlborough Avenue. My maternal grandmother lived in the next terrace going towards Platt Bridge. I can remember the clothes on display outside of the shop.... they would not last five minutes these days!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 25th January 2010 at 09:06

The shop on the far corner of Hilton street was owned by the Maddens. Sadly, Ernie died over Christmas, aged 91, and I took his Funeral earlier this month.

Comment by: Evelyn on 25th January 2010 at 20:15

Yes Irene I remember Alf Taylors on Warrington Road.
Dennis, the shop was situated nearly opposite Manley Street.

Comment by: Gerry on 26th January 2010 at 10:08

I remember Violet Carson (Ena Sharples) opening this launderette probably in the sixties

Comment by: Rev David Long on 26th January 2010 at 16:22

Ena? On The Road to Wigan Pier? I wonder if shelooked in on our very own Coronation Street (beside Spring View Police Station)? There must be a pic of her visit somewhere....

Comment by: diann on 28th January 2010 at 00:00

my grandma and grandad lived in hilton street foshaws didnt there used to be a pub opposite

Comment by: Dennis Miller on 28th January 2010 at 07:57

Rev. Long....

No photograph but an article mentioning the visit...

... go to page 23.

Comment by: John Sanfilippo on 9th January 2011 at 22:51

We used to live at #5 Hilton St.The laundrette on the corner used to be the Rigby's house #1.We lived between the Anderton's &the Forshaw's We used to climb our backyard wall to go in the coalyard which later became Winstanley place.Does anyone remember puffing Billy the train that went from there down to the main line by the iron bridge.I used to play with Bill Peters who lived at the shop in the photo next to the coal yard

Comment by: Alice Pearson on 11th March 2011 at 04:10

Diann, I lived at 5 Hilton Street prior to 1952 and before the Sanfilippos moved in. I lived next door to Elizabeth Forshaw (I think that was her first name). She lived with her son, Ralph, and her other son Jack and wife Lillian. they lived in the parlor and later moved to Higher Ince. I remember baby sitting their first child one time. Jack's brother, Fred, lived next door. Does this sound familiar.

Comment by: hilda kinsley nee fenton on 6th May 2011 at 20:49

john i remember you living in hilton street, but i know your frank better we went school together. but remember you moved to canada.

Comment by: KathrynHeyes nee Belshaw on 29th May 2011 at 17:55

Does anyone remember the wool shop that used to be in the first house at this end of the row, it eas called Jessie Peterse's.

Comment by: Val Purnell nee Peters on 5th June 2011 at 20:24

I remember it well, Jessie Peters was my mum. We had the wool shop for years until she had to give up as her health wasn't good. Spent many hours playing in Hilton Street with Barbara Madden and the Woodcock girls. Happy days

Comment by: angela pennington on 17th November 2013 at 18:16

i remember going to this laundrette with my mum in 1975 i was 4 and used to climb all over the back of the machines, loved it, the warmth and the lovely smells of the clean washing and fasinated by the women helping each other to fold the double sheets lol

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