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Parish Church/Market Place
Parish Church/Market Place
Photo: RON HUNT
Views: 488
Item #: 35013
I was in town earlier today, and noticed that Heyes Travel Agents( the old Thomas Cook) at the corner of Market Street and Market Place was being refurbished. I asked the guy in charge of the refurbishment would it be possible to have a look inside the Cupola. I showed him my Wigan Building Preservation Trust business card and he said O.K. So myself and another member, after climbing up a spiral staircase a couple of flights of stairs and two sets of iron ladders we eventually got into the Cupola. Unfortunately there was nothing there Anyway I managed to take a photo of the Parish Church Tower Happy in the thought that not many Wiganers would have been up there<g>

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 27th March 2024 at 20:40

I remember so well when Lowe's Department Store stood in that spot. It was very much like "Grace Brothers' Store" from the tv series, "Are You Being Served?".....all creaky staircases and carpeted floors and a hushed atmosphere. A friend of mine started work there as a young lad in the carpet dept. and told me there was a resident ghost! We had Lowe's, Pendlebury's, British Home Stores, Oxley's and Marks and Spencer's department stores back then, and now we have none. Progress?....I don't think so! But a good photo, Ron, of our lovely, unchanging Parish Church.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 27th March 2024 at 21:21

I had my photograph taken with Father Christmas in that building to the left Ron… … not recently you understand …
It was a while ago .

Comment by: RON HUNT on 27th March 2024 at 22:08

Forgot to mention the photo gives a good view of the "White Lion" Which was from the front of the pub of that name, that was on that spot.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 28th March 2024 at 06:05

Loved going into Lowe's for a pot of tea or coffee and a toasted teacake with workmates when we had finished work on Saturdays(in the days when banks closed early.)It always seemed the height of luxury.x

Comment by: Sue S on 28th March 2024 at 11:58

Remember when department store lifts had a lift operator who sat on a stools and pressed the lift buttons for the customers

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 28th March 2024 at 12:22

I have operated the lift at Debenhams, Sue S, when the lift attendant was off sick. It was a bit like Grace Brothers...."Ground floor perfumery, stationery and leather good.....going u-up!" Ozy, you need to put that photo on when you were with Father Christmas....we want to see it!

Comment by: Veronica on 28th March 2024 at 14:06

The photo is already on under Lowes Irene you wouldn’t believe what a sweet little boy he was. I am sure you have seen it. Butter would definitely not have melted. Along with the photo is a very long discussion. Take a look! I’ll try to find the item number.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th March 2024 at 14:10

Item number 27097.
Just look at Ozy the little Angel.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 28th March 2024 at 14:41

You’ve already seen it Irene and according to information recently received , so have half the British ex-pats currently residing on the Costa del Sol .

Comment by: Veronica on 28th March 2024 at 15:56

Does that include the
Jolly Swagman Ozy because I was informed he had taken a photo of me which made me a bit dis- gruntled.

Comment by: Peter Walsh on 28th March 2024 at 15:57

Good photo Ron. Could you see anything of the Fleece Yard from there because that is the last corner not demolished completely.

Comment by: John Noakes on 28th March 2024 at 18:41

Ground floor - perfumery,
stationery and leather goods,
wigs and haberdashery,
kitchenware and food -
Going up .......

Comment by: RON HUNT on 28th March 2024 at 20:12

Peter I couldn't get any higher This photo was taken from the topmost window in the cupola.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 28th March 2024 at 21:19

Found the Christmas photo. Ozy!

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