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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 24th May, 2015)


The newly refurbished Coops building.

Photo: John Morris  (Fujifilm X Pro1)
Views: 3,661

Comment by: Ken R on 24th May 2015 at 01:17

I don't recognise this at all even though my wife worked there on leaving school.

Comment by: Helen on 24th May 2015 at 07:46

What a great photo of a wonderful building, wonder whereabouts in Wigan it is ?

Comment by: PeterP on 24th May 2015 at 08:25

My wife used to make men's waistcoats there about the early 70's. Waited on the front steps many times for her to clock off.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 24th May 2015 at 08:34

Good photo,John.

Is this building still used for business? Imagine it as a private home. All those bedrooms...!!!

Comment by: maggie on 24th May 2015 at 09:56

my Mum was a button hole maker there when she was a young girl -early 1900's. She left when she married my Dad, but when she wanted me to go to the Girls High School - b3efore the 1944 Education Act, when fees were charged, she went back & loved it. After the Act came in, she stayed there & paid for all my music lesson - & piano. I can't remember when she left.

Comment by: Mick on 24th May 2015 at 10:13

If you lived in one of these flats you would be able to watch the trains arriving at Wallgate station.

Comment by: PeterP on 24th May 2015 at 10:59

Helen if you come into Wigan (A49)then turn left after Wigan Wallgate Railway station go to the end of the road Coops Building is facing you.

Comment by: Brian B on 24th May 2015 at 12:23

My mum was a "passer" at Coops for many years, I used to wait in the tunnel entrance down the side road after school. The company used to run seaside trips to Blackpool for the workers and an annual dance at

Comment by: beryl on 24th May 2015 at 13:42

My mother worked there in the 40's

Comment by: Helen on 24th May 2015 at 15:05

So was it a clothes factory ?

Thanks PeterP. Last time we came to Wigan we came off the M6(?)at Orrell to avoid getting lost yet again !

Comment by: Broady on 24th May 2015 at 19:22

That is King Street West I think. You can also access it down Hallgate. My Sister worked there in the 60's.

Comment by: Gem on 24th May 2015 at 23:30

It's on King St West

It used to be a clothing factory

It is now supported flatlets for young people who need a home

Comment by: Ann on 25th May 2015 at 07:49

My mum,my Aunty and two of my cousins worked there for many years,remember waiting for my mum at the side entrance and seeing all the girls chattering away as they came out.

Comment by: David on 25th May 2015 at 17:22

Anyone remember Wilf Greenough working there?

Comment by: Andy on 27th May 2015 at 23:08

Coops building is on Dorning street. Dorning street goes from Frog lane upto the Anvil pub where it meets Hallgate.

Comment by: DotM on 29th May 2015 at 12:01

My Auntie Bessie worked there for many years, she said that she worked making men's suits starting on waistcoats, then moving on to jackets etc until she was able to tailor a full suit.
She made all our clothes too including my wedding dress in 1966, I still have it. She was Bessie Gillett and lived in Old Road Ashton in Makerfield for many years. A lovely lady.

Comment by: Peter T Cliff on 7th September 2015 at 11:14

My granddad was a cutter there for many years back in the early years...

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