Market Place, Wigan9 Comments
Photo: RON HUNT
Item #: 33093
The Brooke Bond van is a Trojan - I have a Dinky Toy model of it. One of the engine options for it was the Perkins 3-cylinder diesel - and my narrow boat was powered by an early post-war model of it (said to have been a Brooke Bond spare engine) - sadly I had to replace it in about 1997 as it eventually succumbed to the effects of the boat having sunk at its moorings five years earlier. Its replacement was a 1963 refurbished ex-Army JCB Perkins 3-cylinder engine - which is still going strong.
Did a Wigan bus ever carry a blind for "New Houses"?
Rev I'm sure there was a part of Pemberton or Winstanley they called NEW HOUSES??
I have an original Brooke Bond Tea enamel sign that was once outside of a shop, advertising 4d a lb off! xx
Quite a lot of information on the Brook Bond tea advert, I like the photo.I remember writing a small shopping list for my mother, to help me with my spelling, as I was going to the Co-oP for her, at the top of our street,when I was a young girl,and I can hear her saying "If they haven't got Brook Bond tea, don't get any." Just a little memory. Thank you Ron.
I think the bus to Windy Harbour used to be called New Houses?
Far more interesting Town in those days compared to the bleak place it is now. A good mix of working class and the aspiring middle class folk. To me
( through the eyes of a child )Scholes were 'working class' and people who came from around Wigan Lane area were the 'posh folk' . These days there's hardly any difference.
Rev David Long. Wigan Corporation buses definitely had a route designated New Houses. Never quite knew where it went but the bus on that route went down Wallgate and on beyond Newtown somewhere.
DerekB the bus went up Victoria St.
Dave Jphnson - thanks for that info.