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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 1st August, 2014)


Ormskirk Road looking towards Wigan.

Photo: Neil Rigby  (Fujifilm Finepix S4300)
Views: 5,244

Comment by: Ken R on 1st August 2014 at 00:09

Good photo, it had me fooled for a few seconds. I thought it was the view of Standishgate again. It looks remarkably like that, but sanity prevailed.

Comment by: britboy on 1st August 2014 at 04:30

Pemberton change a lot over many years, new building were the old police station used to be.
The Pemberton of the 50's and 60's was very different.

Comment by: Mick on 1st August 2014 at 06:59

Used to walk up to top of Pem every day giving all the shop women the eye when I was working at Pem caravans.

We only got half an hour for dinner but could manage to scoff down chips and pudding or else chips and fish or else chips and pie and then do the top of Pem walk.

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 1st August 2014 at 08:09

Memories,memories ..... I love Pemberton.

Comment by: Garry on 1st August 2014 at 08:26

Lovely shot Neil, one for Tricia.

Comment by: kath on 1st August 2014 at 08:42

I used to wal;k that route a lot but not been thee for a few years now.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 1st August 2014 at 09:04

Lovely shot, Neil.

That's where I grew up in the fifties. Doesn't the 'cop shop' look good now but the old one had a lot of character. I think that Pemberton has been renewed over the years, as has Wigan centre but Pem has kept it's character for some reason.

Great photo.

Comment by: Maureen on 1st August 2014 at 10:18

That's a great shot Neil..I used to tie my push bike up outside the police station to go in G.T'S..I love going in that shop.

Comment by: Jemmy on 1st August 2014 at 12:33

Looking good. Its now time Market St, Hindley was sorted out. Its a disgrace.

Comment by: Jack on 1st August 2014 at 12:40

Used to live in Beaford Close, a few hundred yards from this road. Oh how it's changed. There used to be a record shop down the left somewhere. Long gone now no doubt. Thanks Neil, brings back memories.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 1st August 2014 at 13:09

Had to make a second comment.

What great posts above, especially Bradshaws Girl. Just shows what an impression Pem has made on us all.

Hello to, to britboy....

Any more good photos in this area, Neil??? I'm sure they will be most welcome....

Comment by: Mick on 1st August 2014 at 15:35

Fred theres a few here


Comment by: Garry on 1st August 2014 at 16:04

Jemmy is absolutely spot on about Hindley, Market St. It's the scruff of the place. Where has all the shops gone? They should re-name Market st, to Junk food st...walk up the around 10pm it stinks. Every shop that closes down, reopens has another junk food outlet, its swarming with um.

Comment by: Alan on 1st August 2014 at 16:13

Pemberton is the "Best" shopping place outside Wigan and the cleanest, there's some great shops here. Ashton comes close. Well taken Neil.

Comment by: Mick on 1st August 2014 at 18:19

All around Wigan is now stinking at night, best way to smell it is get on a bike and have a ride around, you will smell Prawn Cracker, Subway butties and Currys.

If you go out early morning in Gathurst you can smell last nights curry all along the canal bank, it lingers in Gathurst because its in a valley

Comment by: tricia on 1st August 2014 at 18:50

You are so right , Garry. I love this area. My ancestors lived in and around this area for centuries.
Hi also to Brit boy, hope you are well.
I will be in Pemberton, briefly, soon.
Has anyone got old photos of Old Fold , New Row York Street or 33 Victoria St please? Ron ?

Comment by: Helen on 1st August 2014 at 19:05

Is there a ladies wear shop called Aubergine situated on this road? If so then I've visited Pemberton. Seems like a lovely, thriving community.

Comment by: Gareth on 1st August 2014 at 19:31

I hope they don't ruin it by pedestrianization like they have in various other places !

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 1st August 2014 at 23:34

A here are a few more:-

White Swan
Cheeky Chappie

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 2nd August 2014 at 07:41

Ken R; I thought the same - we are both on the same wavelength as you mentioned previously on a P-a-D.
Neil; Have much appreciated all your P-a-D`s, keep up the good work.

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 2nd August 2014 at 16:32

Just like Fred, I was brought up in 'Pem' Saddleback Crescent to be exact, in the 50's 60's. I remember the Pack Horse and Black Bull. The shop by the butchers by the bus stop that had penny and halfpenny trays. Picking up rubber bands from outside bank at bottom of Little Church Street for homemade 'cattys' Honestly people, I could reminss like this for hours. God bless all Lomarra Greeners.

Comment by: christine bishop on 2nd August 2014 at 20:03

im a lommra greener and proud of it .owd powhillock brings many memmories back ,i lived off fleet street ,stjohn street .oh happy days ,wonder where the bull head finished up off the black bull pub was demolished

Comment by: tricia on 2nd August 2014 at 21:09

There was Newbles (not sure of spelling) shop, lots of interesting bits and pieces in there and stationery stuff etc. Mr Jarvis had the toy shop and my brother had a Saturday job there.
The TSB , Jack Carrington's Jewellers and as Derek said the sweet shop near England's butchers... and who could forget the Queen's where we queued up every Saturday afternoon.
My mum's friend Mrs Wilkinson had a Baby Linen shop round the corner in Fleet St and she lived near us at Kitt Green.
Her husband had been a Major in the Army and they had this enormous Alsation dog called Major. He would get on the bus by himself and go straight upstairs to the front window , drape his paws over the rail and look out for Fleet Street. As the bus slowed down at Ormskirk Road he jumped off at the corner and went to the shop. When he was bored with the shop he went home the same way. He often pushed passed us kids who were waiting on the stairs to get off...no Elf and Softy Brigade in those days.
Yes God bless Lommera Greeners , Derek, but don't forget the Kitt Greeners lol. I have friends from there today that I have known all my life.
And I forgot to mention 'Pow Hillock' !

Comment by: Garry on 3rd August 2014 at 06:37

Helen..Aubergine's ladies shop is still there, on the left side of the road.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 3rd August 2014 at 10:37

Wow ,what memories the photo brings back.When i was 16 I used to work in a ladies wear shop( which really

was the front room of a house)A mrs Franklin owned it,I think there was a shoe "menders" nexr door.On a saturday morning a lady called May used to bake cakes and bring them into the shop for us.Happy days !

Comment by: Ken Green on 3rd August 2014 at 17:14

Neil just on the left of the photo was
was your first home in the Brickcroft passage way,and very close to Harry Masons.
Have you been to visit Graham.
Regards to both of you. Ken

Comment by: A.W on 4th August 2014 at 09:55

Anybody remember Tony's model shop, used to be near the workingmen's club in the 1970s?

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 4th August 2014 at 17:23

Oh Tricia, you have taken me back 50 years. The linen shop as you say was called the baby shop I think and my mum was friends with the lady who ran it was her name Elizabeth? and had dark features . In fact, mum spent a lot of time in there, probably buying clothes for me and my sister Doreen. Remember Connie Sutherland's on opposite side to Queens and there was a barbers close to the baby shop his name was Len. You've got me going now. I will be rembering all night now (I can't spell reminiscing and me a printer.) God bless Kitt Greeners as well. Mum lives in Green Hey now. remember when they were pre-fabs

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 4th August 2014 at 17:24

Christine, was your maiden name Heaton and did you go to St. Johns around 1955-1960 and was friends with Ann Gore? If not then I am sorry to bother you

Comment by: tricia on 4th August 2014 at 18:32

Derek, I cannot remember Mrs Wilkinson's first name...everyone was 'Mrs' in those days, and I can only remember her with white hair as she was somewhat older than my Mum. Mum got my clothes from there and they were expensive but always top quality.
I have a photo of me making my first visit to Father Christmas in Pendlebury's in what used to be my favourite coat.. It was blue with velvet on the collar and I can still remember it clearly
Mum also knew her sister who lived in Bell Lane then Lathom Lane and I stayed in touch with her until she died a few years ago.
I do remember old Green Hey ( the old name for this area was The Bell) and who could forget Leslie Lawton's Dad's chippy. If you asked for scrapings (?) or something like that he would put all the crunchy bits off the fish on top of the bag of chips.
They were a really nice family.
My Dad's cousin , a Mr Heaton had the sweet shop in the front room of one of the now demolished stone row of cottages on Fleet Street and my parents were married in the Rehoboth Chapel in Wardley St, my Gran having fallen out with the vicar at St John's ! lol
Also do you remember a fish shop up the small back alley that comes out on Fleet St ? There was some sort of rail there to stop people walking out into the road.
I am now researching the 'inlaws' of my relatives... Ashursts (2 gt Grandpa was a hairdresser in York St), Fairhursts, in Pemberton also, back to a possible mid 1600's,and Sharrocks and Fishwicks as well.Some from Upholland and Billinge as well as Orrell.

Comment by: jim on 6th August 2014 at 17:31

Wigan town Center of old, before the Council Planning Dept made a mess of it.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 7th August 2014 at 19:25

Ken, the photos at my comment of 23:34 were taken almost from the place you mentioned, which is where I was born.
Graham is well and I will pass on your regards.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 7th August 2014 at 20:52

Ken, the photos at my comment of 23:34 were taken almost from the place you mentioned, which is where I was born.
Graham is well and I will pass on your regards.

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 11th August 2014 at 16:46

Yes Tricia, I just about remember the chippy I think me mam used to tie me to that rail to stop me running off ha ha. I can remember walking the back of City Road and Loch Street via the old bakery and warming my bum on the wall. Was it Halls bakery or am I rambling again. Oh and stopping at the farm at the top Of City Road for milk. The farmers wife used to tell us 'its only bin owta tcow 5 minits

Comment by: tricia on 12th August 2014 at 17:07

It was Gaskell's , Derek.
I keep coming back to this photo.
All being well I will be there soon.
Most likely in the pie shop !
There was nothing like the milk fresh from the cow. The farm in Bell Lane used to come round in a little pony and trap to sell it.

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 13th August 2014 at 13:26

You sound far away from Wigan. I left in 1971 to get married but have been home very frequently as my mum is still alive and kicking. I only live in the Midlands so I am only just under 2 hrs away by car. in fact I am coming up for the bank holiday weekend and staying as usual at The Brockett in Mesnes Road (Wetherspoons) whereabouts are you based?

Comment by: tricia on 13th August 2014 at 20:39

South East Spain, in the beautiful Almanzora Valley.
Driving up to Holland first to put flowers on my cousin's grave at the War Cemetery in Arnhem.
He died before I was born and so
I never knew him but he is still one of mine.

Comment by: Fred on 22nd August 2014 at 18:38

37 hits (comments) for Pem!!! Says it all..

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 27th August 2014 at 11:37

38 hits now Fred. The best part of my life was spent here and i've been in West Midlands for over 40 years. Nowt comes close to lovely Pemberton. Was brought up here, britched here schooled here and got christened here. Oh and had me first pint here. (The Fishergate 1967)

Comment by: Juliet on 30th August 2014 at 16:41

Wow!! So much passion about Pemberton. Lovely to read how this area impacted your lives, so interesting.

Comment by: Cath on 30th August 2014 at 18:05

I caught the bus at Pem heading for Wigan. Some days I got a lift, as I waited at the bus stop.

Comment by: Derek Halliwell on 19th December 2014 at 10:27

Mr Callaghan
i to lived in Pemberton just around the corner from you on Lamberhead rd (65)i went to st Johns at the top of the road, i left there in 1961 aged 11 and went to the newly built scool on montrose ave.
You asked about Christine Heaton, i can't remember that name but Ann Gore and me where in the same class at st Johns. happy days. p.s i left in 1972 and now live in Colne Lancs.

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 30th May 2015 at 12:15

Well bless me, the same Derek Halliwell who lived next door to Derek Orme perhaps. The same lad who excelled at sports at school, The same lad who we affectionately nicknamed 'Sally' The same lad who always won the throwing the cricket ball competion I haven't come across any of the old schoolfriends and hope that you are keeping well in Colne. I have been in the West Midlands for 44 yrs, close to West Bromwich Take care Derek and God bless you

Comment by: Joe Bell on 19th December 2020 at 18:37

Been reading the comments above, sadly did not recognise the names. I moved to Saddleback Crescent in about 1955/6, lived at No 56. Must have made a great impression as no one remembers me lol. used to pal around with Jimmy Lomax, Jimmy Dyke, Rita Winstanley, (sadly deceased I hear), Margery Derbyshire. Now I live on Waiheke Island New Zealand quite a change!

Comment by: Kim on 26th February 2021 at 17:53

I live in Hindley and have contacted Wigan Council several times in regard to the lack of variety of shops on Market Street Hindley.Sadly now just fast food outlets and hairstylists/ nail bars.This used to be a really good shopping area in fact,you didn't need to go to Wigan or Bolton as every type of shop was on this street.I was sent emails full of complete waffle,implying that their policy of allowing so many of the same shops had no knock on effect on the area ! What utter rubbish I despair.

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