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Fletchers Shop, Market Place.
Fletchers Shop, Market Place.
Photo: Irene Roberts
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Item #: 35024
Fletcher's Shop, Market Place, Wigan, 1925, with staff and merchandise. It is believed to have stood where The Santander Bank is now.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 29th March 2024 at 13:00

What a great photo Irene.
I bet wasn't much that the shop didn't stock !
Lovely ladies...

Comment by: Veronica on 29th March 2024 at 13:49

There used to be a shop like that at the end of Vauxhall Rd called Ted Browns. His wife always wore a hat in the shop. Clothes were always hung up inside as well. It’s where we went for wellies in Winter and sandals in Summer. Later it became the Post Office. I can see both of them in my minds eye. A white haired old gentleman with his brown coat overall.
Good photo Irene of a world long gone.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 29th March 2024 at 14:42

Thanks Irene, if it was where you think, the Old Dog would be next door on the right on the corner of Coopers Row.
If the location is correct both shop and pub are both now integrated into the Santander building.

Comment by: Linma on 29th March 2024 at 16:48

It would be a rush to bring everything in when it rained!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 29th March 2024 at 18:27

There is a funny tale to this.....there was also a shop in Golborne belonging to Mr. Fletcher, but it was more of a work-station than a shop.....alterations were done there....shortening of hems, taking-in of seams etc. A relative of a friend of mine remembered two young ladies who worked for Fletchers, and apparently there was, as often happened in old buildings in the 1920s, a mouse problem at the Golborne premises. One of the young ladies lived in Abram and had the brilliant idea of taking the family cat to the Golborne shop to catch the mice. She managed to get the cat into one of those large carpet-bags that were used back then and took it on the bus to Golborne. She was relieved to get there with the cat and let it loose in the shop, thinking to collect it within a couple of days, having solved the mouse problem. Light in heart, she caught the bus back to Abram with the empty carpet bag, only to find the cat waiting for her on the front doorstep for her! Never underestimate a cat!

Comment by: . Ozy . on 29th March 2024 at 22:01

Brilliant Irene .

Comment by: winnie on 30th March 2024 at 15:58

James Fletcher in 1921
1921 Census Of England & Wales
64, Kenyon Road, Wigan, Lancashire, England ames Fletcher Head Male 1873 48 Wigan, Lancashire, England Draper Employer
Jessie Fletcher Wife Female 1877 44 Wigan, Lancashire, England Household Duties -
Kathleen Fletcher Daughter Female 1901 20 Wigan, Lancashire, England Drapers Assistant J Fletcher Draper, 91 Wallgate Wigan

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