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Mesnes Street, Wigan

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Warburtons Furniture Store, Mesnes Street
Photo: Part of Syd and Trevor Smith's Archive
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Item #: 19156
Warburtons Furniture Store at the junction of Mesnes Street and Mesnes Terrace, c1985.

Comment by: Dennis Miller on 14th December 2011 at 05:20

Nice one, if I have my story correct this building began life as a rather posh cafe, similar to the one in Makinson Arcade?

Comment by: irene roberts on 14th December 2011 at 15:18

I just can't get my bearings here at all. What's here now?

Comment by: peter on 14th December 2011 at 16:58

If you walked along the road to the left of the picture you would face Smith,s book shop in Mesnes St.If you walk right you would go toward,s the Pacific Ocean Restaurant Market st

Comment by: Ellen on 14th December 2011 at 18:04

Just a guess, it's been so long, Would this have been Baillie's bakery and restaurant (Restaurant upstairs).

Comment by: irene roberts on 14th December 2011 at 18:09

Got it. Thanks, Peter.

Comment by: John on 14th December 2011 at 22:45

I dont think that you are right Peter, I think that the picture is taken from Smiths doorway...Market tavern wall on left of picture, market hall headstones upper right

Comment by: Dennis Miller on 15th December 2011 at 05:44

John... I agree. This would mean the store next door to Warburton would be the cafe.

Comment by: Al c. on 15th December 2011 at 10:28

Ellen, you would have steen stood (roughley)in front of where Bailey's bakery was to take this picture though Bailey's was long gone when this was taken.

Comment by: D. on 15th December 2011 at 10:32

Dennis, there was the Don Cafe round the corner in Hope Street, it was later closed and absorbed into Warburton's premises if I remember rightly. It wasn't particularly posh though more like a snack bar. could you be thinking of the Roy Cafe which was a bit further along Hope Street where the entrance to B&M bargains is now, (back entrance old BHS shop).

Comment by: Dennis Miller on 15th December 2011 at 15:27

D... you are right, it was The Roy Cafe, I have posted two photographs in Places.

Comment by: peter on 15th December 2011 at 17:48

john it would not be possible to see the apex of market hall from smiths doorway

Comment by: peter on 15th December 2011 at 20:08

also to the left of the picture was a church room at the top beat club, ribble bus office,whealan,s supermarket were i worked.

Comment by: John on 15th December 2011 at 22:21

Peter , are your eyes not working ?? the market hall is plainly visilbe on the upper right of the picture...walking to the left would take you past the Market Tavern, still there , and on to the lights at the bottom of Standishgate/ Mesnes street

Comment by: Ellen on 15th December 2011 at 23:30

To Al c.Thanks for your comment,I can see it properly now.

To John. Thanks for pointing it out, the Market Hall is very clear now!

Comment by: Dennis Miller on 16th December 2011 at 05:50

If you copy and paste this link into a browser, you will get a very rough idea of the direction the photographer was looking...

http://files.myopera.com/DennizM/albums/6204231/wigan_1929_01direction.jpg

Comment by: Dennis Miller on 16th December 2011 at 11:06

Also copy and paste this...

http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=5&id=1382&gallery=Market+Hall&offset=0

It is the archway on the left you can see in the above photograph.

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