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NEW SQUARE

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Entrance to NEW SQUARE
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 33462
Thanks to Cyril who sent me this image. It is one of Frank Orrell's images It shows the entrance to NEW SQUARE from Standishgate.

Comment by: Veronica on 26th December 2021 at 22:13

Great photo, I can only remember Voses , I don't remember the opening to New Square, completely forgotten. Great to see this.

Comment by: Linma on 27th December 2021 at 06:36

Is that Voses tripe shop?

Comment by: Albert.S. on 27th December 2021 at 09:36

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.

Comment by: Ian on 27th December 2021 at 09:47

Would Voses be the same building where Goodwins electrical shop is / was located?

Comment by: Maureen on 27th December 2021 at 09:48

This is a great photo for its age Ron but I don't remember this opening neither, whereabouts would it be?..ta.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 27th December 2021 at 09:59

I can't remember any of these buildings, I remember the old bin though. Great photo.

Comment by: Veronica on 27th December 2021 at 10:47

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.

Comment by: Maureen on 27th December 2021 at 12:17

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.

Comment by: Veronica on 27th December 2021 at 13:02

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.....

Comment by: Maureen on 27th December 2021 at 13:26

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.

Comment by: Veronica on 27th December 2021 at 13:41

It was the fifties Maureen I would be about 10 then. It was safer in them days!

Comment by: Maureen on 27th December 2021 at 13:49

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.

Comment by: Maureen on 27th December 2021 at 14:11

P.S. For Veronica..my poncho wasn't crocheted ,it's pure wool ..lol.

Comment by: Tom on 27th December 2021 at 14:14

Is this were you took the short cut when they built the car park

Comment by: Edna on 27th December 2021 at 14:49

I remember going to Voses in thick snow, for pies 1962. WN1, I remember the tin bin as well, shows our age!!!

Comment by: Veronica on 27th December 2021 at 14:53

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.

Comment by: Cyril on 27th December 2021 at 16:02

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.
https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=5&id=27436&gallery=Wigan&offset=60

Comment by: karen on 28th December 2021 at 15:37

wasnt this shop opposite the ship in millgate?

Comment by: Cyril on 29th December 2021 at 11:52

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.

Comment by: Andrew Lomax on 29th December 2021 at 18:33

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.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 29th December 2021 at 22:48

Andy, The worst is yet to come....

Comment by: AH on 30th December 2021 at 13:39

cyril ; one of these shops is occupied by jacksons opticians , i think it is voses ?

Comment by: AH on 30th December 2021 at 14:26

roebuck pub ,mark williams butchers and now McDonalds occupies building opposite

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