NEW SQUARE23 Comments
Photo: RON HUNT
Item #: 33462
Great photo, I can only remember Voses , I don't remember the opening to New Square, completely forgotten. Great to see this.
Is that Voses tripe shop?
Is Barnes travel agents, that was, or is, in Library Street, still trading?. Booked my air tickets from there for my honeymoon in Jersey, in 1961. Flew from Blackpool, Silver City Airways, Dakota aeroplane.
Would Voses be the same building where Goodwins electrical shop is / was located?
This is a great photo for its age Ron but I don't remember this opening neither, whereabouts would it be?..ta.
I can't remember any of these buildings, I remember the old bin though. Great photo.
Maureen the shop Voses is imprinted on my brain ( if only for queuing for steak pies with my basket on me arm! ) It was opposite C&A's ( you should know that store) now Primark.
Veronica,ta love but I only remember Voses near the top of Hallgate, my S.I.L. worked at that one..I can only say that I mustn't have had need to go down that way at the time..C&A's ..oh yes was in there one day with my Mam and she bought me a lovely poncho,that is just like the one worn by Clint Eastwood,..I still have it,that was fifty years ago..and it's still lovely..just waiting for them to come back into fashion..if ever.
I didn't know there was another Voses Maureen.! I could have gone in there when I went to Latimer's for the bacon. I had strict instructions where I had to go when I had to do the errands. My dad could tell if I went anywhere else! He'd say this " this is not from Latimers's". I could never fool him... ;~)). Poncho's ah yes! Croched? They're always in fashion even today... Hahaha.....
I just realised that it was forty years ago not fifty as I stated....also what year or so would it be when Voses was there in Standishgate.
It was the fifties Maureen I would be about 10 then. It was safer in them days!
The Voses that I knew also had a cafe U.C.P. attached to it where I would take my youngest when he was a little one,a lovely man used to come in I think it would be every morning...and would make a beeline for us,and to see a business man wheeling toy cars across a table with him was a treat.he would be in his late fifties then...they really are lovely memories...i and friends would also call in there on the. way home from 'Painting for Fun' classes at Wigan Tech.
P.S. For Veronica..my poncho wasn't crocheted ,it's pure wool ..lol.
Is this were you took the short cut when they built the car park
I remember going to Voses in thick snow, for pies 1962. WN1, I remember the tin bin as well, shows our age!!!
I have a pure wool blazer bought in the 90's from C&A's Maureen . Under the Sixth Sense label, it's as good as when I first bought it. You can't beat pure wool for keeping its quality.
Thanks goes not only to Frank Orrell but also to the Wigan Evening Post and the Wigan Observer, from whose archives these photos of Wigan of the past come from. This photo may also be in one of Frank's superb books of photos from around Wigan.
On this aerial photo by Aubrey Fairclough (from the Album 27436) you can see where the buildings of Standishgate, New Square and Back Mesnes Street have been demolished to make way for the new row of shops on Standishgate, also the shops on Market Street and Commercial Yard have been demolished to make way for the Marketgate Centre.
wasnt this shop opposite the ship in millgate?
Karen, they was opposite to what is McDonalds and also Primark on Standishgate, and if you remember Ken Goodwin's TV, Radio and electrical shop which closed a couple of years ago - then that stood roughly where these shops were situated.
Such buildings of character to be replaced by a horrible block of flat roofs and an unsightly canopy. Doesn't fit in with the environment around it.
Andy, The worst is yet to come....
cyril ; one of these shops is occupied by jacksons opticians , i think it is voses ?
roebuck pub ,mark williams butchers and now McDonalds occupies building opposite