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Item #: 20188
Not a lot to see, It was after Pendlebury's Fire ---- They took over Rushton's Warehouse while their Standishgate shop was rebuilt.
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.
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.
I agree with you Irene. I can only just remember Pendlebury's being rebuilt but I never knew they went to Rushton's.
I thought Pendlebury's burned down in 1956.
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?
I remember my dad having a car like those when i was small ,
Must be later than 1951, Freda. Pendleburys old store didn't burn down until the summer of 1953.
A number of posts on Wigan World (from different people) refer to Pendlebury's burning down in either July or August 1953.
Great picture Freda. Thanks for putting it on.
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
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.
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!
does anyone remember a Nora Gaskell who used todo work atuendo Pendleburys Wigan.
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.
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!