Wigan Darlington Street13 Comments
Photo: Karen Smith
Item #: 5464
Is that a Wolsey going under the bridge.I had one of those,built like a tank.It was so heavy you couldn't push it downhill.
couldnt push it downhill?
if you`de taken the handbrake off you would
those were crackin cars them wolesleys
I remember the old urinals next to the police box. I lived just up the road in Spring Street
karen,,,,superb,,,had been recentley trying to describe to my friend the siting of Darlington St bridge,,,only just got over your iron bridge pic,,,now this,,,,brill,,even got "the robots" in,,,,,Well remember my relations back in the early fifties refering to the darlington st lights as "the robots" and the crossing out side McFarlanes barbers as "belishea beacons",,,,ohh myyyy
where about was the bridge? is that at the bottom of darlington st east.
yes ken near the pepper works where lidol is now
Amazingly ken,,there is still a phone box on the same spot now as in the photo,how wierd is that,,,,,the bridge ran across the junction at a slight angle,,,so the out of sight right column would be where the telewest bulding is and if you were to turn to your left 90 degrees so to speak,,the bridge had another span over Warrington lane (right were lidel is)and ran past warrington lane school,across the douggie and into Central Station....
I lived with my family just opposite those lights, next to Lily Smith's dress shop (the bridge was down then). There was an accident on that corner almost every month.
Abiding Wigan memories for me as well. In the 1940's I can remember a long queue (presumably at a butcher's shop) on the opposite side to the bridge (to the right of the car). I was told they were selling horse meat, I was very young, perhaps it was a figment of my imagination, but the memory still lingers. Today, without the bridges, the site is difficult to re-imagine and "find your bearings".
I lived just under the bridge next row to Isherwoods shoe shop,got married from there 1970.I think it was the painter Isherwood that owned the shoe shop he used to be in the shop when i went in to treat myself to a pair of shoes,gentleman he was grey hair and beard.Does anyone know if im right?
I think the shoe shop was owned by Gordon Isherwood, Lawrences brother. I used to go to school with Gordon's son Geoff. Lawrence sold paintings from a shop at the top of Greenough St.
Was there a pub to the left of the picture ,that was commonly called the Smoothing Iron
just under bridge on left was co-op then on next corner was gordon l isherwoods shoe shop on corner of brookhouse st the foundry inn was ware liddle is now it was known localy as smoothing iron it was my dads local as we lived in harper st off darlington st east i remember toilets and phone box there used to be a police box at the top of darlington st east we used to open the little door and run