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Market Square


Market Square 1951
Photo: Freda
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Item #: 20188
This photo was passed on to me from my late cousin, Bill Cooper from Lower Ince.
Not a lot to see, It was after Pendlebury's Fire ---- They took over Rushton's Warehouse while their Standishgate shop was rebuilt.

Comment by: irene roberts on 9th March 2012 at 18:52

Freda, I am sure I speak for all us Wigan Worlders when I say Thankyou for sharing these photos with us. They are just what Wigan World is all about.

Comment by: Jake on 9th March 2012 at 19:52

There may not be "a lot to see" as you say Freda but by gum there's plenty of atmosphere and stirred memories for us old Wiganers to enjoy, thank you.

Comment by: Maggie K on 9th March 2012 at 20:57

I agree with you Irene. I can only just remember Pendlebury's being rebuilt but I never knew they went to Rushton's.

Comment by: jim Latham on 10th March 2012 at 08:54

I thought Pendlebury's burned down in 1956.

Comment by: D. on 10th March 2012 at 10:25

The old Rushton's/Penlebury's building, one bit of old Wigan that has managed to survive. How long will it be before it is demolished and a shopping arcade/offices/apartments built on the site?

Comment by: bumper on 10th March 2012 at 12:39

I remember my dad having a car like those when i was small ,

Comment by: derekb on 10th March 2012 at 12:39

Must be later than 1951, Freda. Pendleburys old store didn't burn down until the summer of 1953.

Comment by: Mick on 10th March 2012 at 12:44

A number of posts on Wigan World (from different people) refer to Pendlebury's burning down in either July or August 1953.

Comment by: John on 10th March 2012 at 14:34

Great picture Freda. Thanks for putting it on.

Comment by: Art on 10th March 2012 at 15:22

Correct, Pendleburys burn't down in early July, on a Sunday night just as we were leavig the Ritz (ABC) cinema. Sunday pictures had not long been allowed before then.
We were stood across the road in Timpsons doorway, waiting for the fire brigade to arrive.
Coincidentally,a month later, I was helping to remove all the fire/smoke damaged goods to Aye Bridge farm in Abram, for H.S. Webster,(Tram St Platt Bridge) demolition contractor, whose son Geoff owned the farm along with Roy Leyland

Comment by: Mick on 10th March 2012 at 17:12

It used to be a popular tale around Wigan that Pendlebury's fire was the last time Micky Dalton ever worked.
Legend had it he was employed clearing rubble on the shop site, dropped a brick on his foot, and decided to retire from the labour market.

Comment by: Bill Hart on 10th March 2012 at 17:14

Is that a NO PARKING sign... wot on Wigan Market square! Look-out for the Traffic Wardens... they'll be along in about 30 years hence!

Comment by: Nora Atherton on 4th September 2013 at 11:37

does anyone remember a Nora Gaskell who used todo work atuendo Pendleburys Wigan.

Comment by: Anne on 30th January 2021 at 11:45

Only just seen this picture. I remember Billy Cooper and his older brother Jack. Living in Winifred street, all part of my long departed youth.

Comment by: Charles Whitehead on 11th March 2021 at 10:35

That car looks a lot like my dad's first car, bought around 1951. It was an Austin 10 (meaning ten horse power). I can even remember the reg number - JP 6099 - though I struggle to remember the number of our current car!

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