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I'm not from Higher Ince but I do remember Grundy's, I worked at the Co-op in the late 1960s and many times would deliver around here, I'm glad that I saw the area before they knocked the stuffing out of it, likewise the areas of Scholes and Wallgate too.
I may have dreamed this up, but was Grundy's furniture once located on Hallgate, near to the Royal Mail Depot many years ago?
Yes, I remember Grundy's well. My Mam and Dad had a display cabinet from there when I was a little girl and they bought a writing bureau in the late 1960s; there was a gouge in the wood and Grundy's sent a French Polisher round to attend to it and you would never have known the fault had been there! CJAlan, wasn't it Mc Curdy's furniture shop in Hallgate? I have a copper warming pan on my chimney breast that I bought from McCurdy's just before I was married. Of course it may have been Grundy's at some point.
My hubbys Aunt Nell was the cashier there for quite a long time.
Yes CJ Alan..it did finish up near the bus station..Alan Grundy used to bring hubbys Aunt Nell a bottle of Whiskey every Christmas until she passed away,he's a lovely man and very often see him out on his bike...we got our first bedroom furniture from there..a Wrighton suite..paid monthly of course..it was beautiful.
The reason I remember 'Grundy's in the town centre was that we had a neighbour in my childhood street in Pemberton with a surname called Grundy who was a joiner by trade.
I am sure there was a furniture place called Grundys on Hallgate as I remember asking my mother as a young child if the business was connected to our old neighbour!!!!
If my memory is not deceiving me, I am sure the Grundy's I am referring to was on Hallgate in the premises that is now used by the Groundwork Trust (as I say next door to the Royal Mail depot).
The Job Centre used to be next door, before it moved to the end of KIng Street.
Thanks, CJAlan. I know McCurdy's was on Hallgate but was probably a completely different shop! I believe Mc Curdy's also had a shop in Scholes. I vividly remember buying my copper warming pan for my "bottom drawer" before I got married. It was £20.....quite a sum for me in the early 1970s but I just fell for it....I liked old-fashioned furnishings even at 20 years old. Of course my friends were buying sensible things like bedding and towels but I never regretted buying my warming pan and it is here in front of me on the chimney breast.
Brilliant pic,everywhere looks so tidy and neat compared to now.Yes,I remember Grundy's very well on Manchester Road,always good quality items in there.I inherited a light oak dining table from my auntie,still using it today. I remember buying a rug from the shop in Hallgate.
Irene, Mc Curdy's did have a large furniture shop in Scholes. It was opposite The Balcarres pub which is still there and still open! (Not sure if The Balcarres is strictly the the correct name. I always get confused with this pub and the one near St.David's church at Haigh and which one is named The Earl of Balcarres)
Grundy's did relocate to Hallgate I bough a house full of furniture from them when I came to back to live up here in Shevy.
I can remember they had a Goldfish in a tank on the counter that swam upside down.
I'm not too sure if the Balcarres in Scholes is still open. Wasn't it set alight by an arsonist at the start of this year?
Yes The Balcarres is still open in Scholes, and it's the one that's called The Earl of Balcarres.There was a fire earlier this year, but its been done up.It was arson.
Irene, Mick & Maureen
Thanks for the replies about Grundy's. In a way, Grundy's and of course Pennington's on Millgate were the 'crown' furniture traders in Wigan for many years.
I don't actually remember Grundy's closing - I am assuming they maybe called it a day at some point.