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Station Road, Wigan

19 Comments

Prior to demolition
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 33533
Photograph showing the empty shops opposite the RITZ Cinema prior to demolition.

Comment by: Val Bradshaw on 13th February 2022 at 10:34

Bring back André Barnards! The whole floor over the card shop.

Comment by: CJAlan on 13th February 2022 at 11:16

Its ironic that other parts of Wigan town centre in 2022 (such as Standishgate and Mesnes Street) are now starting to resemble how Station Road looked in this picture.

Comment by: Maureen on 13th February 2022 at 11:25

Such a shame, I loved going in Oxleys..and I could spend a bit of time just looking in the Catholic shop that was nearly facing the Ritz cinema...I worked at Wilbrooks credit place just further down when I was a teenager...and would go in the Empress cafe for my toast butties ...memories.

Comment by: Josh on 13th February 2022 at 12:49

Walking past the glass fronted Andre Bernards one day, I was unlucky enough to see a customer in a hurry coming down the stairs. They led directly to the glass fronted doorway. She obviously was confused as she assumed the door to be open but collided with it, sadly leaving a facial imprint on the door itself, while she was propelled backwards onto the floor.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th February 2022 at 14:50

There used to be a cafe in that area, I can't think of the name of it. Somebody will remember it. It was very popular.

Comment by: Dave johnson on 13th February 2022 at 15:06

Veronica it was called New Way but everybody called it Sams.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th February 2022 at 15:33

The cafe was more of a coffee bar for teenagers, a bit before my time.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th February 2022 at 16:02

Thanks Dave, that did pop in my head but I thought -- no that can't be it!

Comment by: Janette on 13th February 2022 at 16:35

The New-Way was still a busy coffee bar in 1969/70,can remember the juke box with 'games people play' by Joe South on it !

Comment by: Eric on 13th February 2022 at 21:31

Use to go in new way 1964 remember Dave Clark 5 being on the juke box ,bits and pieces

Comment by: Edna on 13th February 2022 at 23:52

Like you say Maureen,( Memories) all come rushing back, when you see these photo's. I loved Oxley's, and took my first son to father Christmas there, and could spend time in the Catholic shop.

Comment by: Maureen on 14th February 2022 at 13:58

Edna,I loved looking at rosary beads,I got mine from Lathams at the bottom of Caroline St. when I was at School..and then that little shop facing the Ritz Cinema was great..I have a thing for rosary beads,but there's nowhere now to look is there.

Comment by: Edna on 14th February 2022 at 22:16

Maureen, there used to be one in Bolton, as you walked up to the market from the train station, on you left. Although I have not been since the first lockdown.My great aunt gave me some rosary beads, that had been blessed by Pope John Paul ll.

Comment by: Dave johnson on 14th February 2022 at 22:25

Next door to the Catholic shop was a bookies, Bill Davies from Huyton. Lost more than a few bob in there!

Comment by: Dave Lewis on 15th February 2022 at 00:39

i remember a cafe called jokers on that road we would call in before going to casino.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th February 2022 at 08:08

It's strange when you think about it, every time you walk down the Grand Arcade you're walking where these buildings where situated. I remember sitting in the upstairs cafe in Marks and seeing these shops being demolished. Soon after the cafe was removed so that the doors opened into the Grand Arcade, it was only a small cafe then. That's when I started going into the new Debenham's Cafe.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th February 2022 at 12:04

Edna,I have my Grandmas rosary beads which she had as a child in County Clare,which were blessed by the Pope at the time..my friend also brought me some from Lourdes,but I would love to find some that I had as a child from Lathams ..there was pink ones and baby blue ...they're beautiful.

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