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Darlington Street


WILSON'S CHEMIST early 1900's
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Item #: 33485
Wilson's chemist No5. Darlington street.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th January 2022 at 16:59

I never knew there had been a chemist in Darlington St. I wonder if it was there in later years. My maternal grandmother was born at 4, Darlington Street in 1901.
It looks very interesting what you could buy looking at the window displays.

Comment by: A.W. on 11th January 2022 at 09:01

There used to be a Wilson's chemist on Ormskirk Road at Spring Bank at Pemberton until a few years ago, I wonder if it was the same Wilson family as on this photo?

Comment by: Edna on 11th January 2022 at 10:11

These old shops, and chemist fascinate me.I would have loved a toot round in there.I remember Knight's chemist in Scholes, looked the same as this.

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 11th January 2022 at 10:31


Your grandmother was born at Parrs Court, 4 Darlington Street.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th January 2022 at 11:04

That's interesting Keith I have no idea where that was. All I know was that it was 4 Darlington St. Do you have any idea where Parr Court was? I take it would be behind Darlington St somewhere. She was the daughter of a Railway Worker.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th January 2022 at 19:02

Parr's Court was there in 1933 according to Starr's Handy Street Guide. But still don't know where abouts perhaps it can be found on one of those maps, that have been on here.

Comment by: Keith on 11th January 2022 at 19:34

Just to add a little to the Parr’s Court theme. My Uncle and Aunt, together with their young son lived in Parr’s Court in the early 1950’s.
My sister and I occasionally accompanied my mother to the cinema in those days, and after the film, my mother would take us to see her brother and family in Parr’s Court.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th January 2022 at 22:04

It is a 'they' say a small world really, especially concerning Wigan Keith. I am glad you knew about Parr's Court, the past can be very murky! Anything that turns up is a little gem..

Comment by: Albert.S. on 14th January 2022 at 10:58

Veronica. I wonder if this is the chemist that I referred to in the photograph of the map.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th January 2022 at 12:56

I'm sure it must have been Albert. I walked down here many a time, when I was young my head was usually in the clouds! My mam used to say " too many jolly robins in your head!" Nowadays I can't remember what I had for my tea yesterday. It's half a century or more ago though...

Comment by: Albert.S. on 14th January 2022 at 13:59

Veronica. I noticed that it gave the number of the premises as No 5 Darlington Street, that would sound about right. There were quite a few business premises on each side of Darlington Street, between Chapel Lane, and the River Douglas. At one time my mother spent a short time working at the lovely cake shop, just before the River Douglas. Was it Norman Leather’s record shop, on the opposite side?.

Comment by: Maureen on 14th January 2022 at 14:20

The only Chemist I recall was the one facing McCandlish's cake shop ..all I recall being in the window though was porcelain gents urinal bottles.

Comment by: Maureen on 14th January 2022 at 15:24

Yes Albert,Norman Leathers was practically facing the cake shop..when I was at School we had a brilliant music teacher ( Miss Halliwell) and after we'd finished doing H.M.S. Pinafore in the School hall she took us to Norman Leathers to make a recording,I have them now on tape.also my Hubby had a lovely voice and he went to make a side was ' No one but you' and on the other was ' Autumn Concerto'..those were the days.

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