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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 16th November, 2021)

Library Street

Library Street
Looking up Library St (the other side), Wigan.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Dave Lewis on 16th November 2021 at 00:43

Nice pic Dennis, I love the red brick buildings and nice to see mc'nultys shoe shop, I didn't realise wallpaper supplies was still going best hardware shop in town when I used to call in late 80s early 90s.

Comment by: PeterP on 16th November 2021 at 07:41

I though Wallpaper Supplies closed years ago and it is the signage which makes the street look tatty. The driver of the Ford is risking getting a ticket parking at the side of a no parking cone

Comment by: Veronica on 16th November 2021 at 08:22

I was under the impression that Wallpaper Supplies was shut by now. I've bought tons of stuff from there over the years from tiles to paint. It was always a quick trip round the higgledy - piggledy store with its uneven floors and quirky departments within. I always wondered what's was there before Wallpaper Supplies as I can't remember.

Comment by: irene roberts on 16th November 2021 at 08:47

Yes, Wallpaper Supplies closed long ago....perhaps the signage is still there. I only tend to go down Library Street when on the bus going home from Wigan and I haven't noticed it. McNulty's is the only shop that is still there from my childhood. Sadly, I hardly go into Wigan now. It's lost its heart and soul.

Comment by: John on 16th November 2021 at 09:38

Timberlakes was somewhere about here.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 16th November 2021 at 12:52

The garish advertising spoils the street....& the 'wallpaper' shop is a 1960's type frontage, it doesn't blend at all, probably never did, pity the powers that be don't demolish it because they seem very good a that !

Comment by: Dave on 16th November 2021 at 14:01

It will be interesting to see how roads like these will be developed in the future . Will they be high rise flats with shops below like in London . Will shops disappear altogether ?
Now it just seems to be a kind of drip drip , not really going anywhere .
A wait and see .
They might knock the whole lot down and make it into a carbon collection facility .

Comment by: DerekB on 16th November 2021 at 15:36

Veonica, before it was Wallpaper Supplies it was Timberlake's showrooms for the BMC 's range of commercial vehicles. Their service department which was an integral part of the building had access to it from Grimes Arcade.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th November 2021 at 16:36

Timberlakes must have been a really large building. I recall my dad saying his brother worked at Timberlakes from leaving school to going in the Army
( Marines) I know he drove wagons at that time. Was there a garage attached as he was always tinkering with engines? Thanks Derek B.

Comment by: Anne on 16th November 2021 at 16:41

Timberlakes also had a showroom on the opposite side, a little higher up towards the market place. I remember going to see the MinI on display when it was first introduced. I took an instant dislike to it. It wasn’t a ‘proper’ car to my young eyes.

Comment by: Garry on 16th November 2021 at 17:41

Anne is correct, Timberlakes showroom was indeed further up on the right hand side, fishers carpets once took over the building.
Timberlakes at "Wallpaper Supplies" was a service and repairs garage with fuel pumps at the end of the building.
They later move to a new building know as Baldwin-Timberlakes, later the site was taken over by B&Q and now Go outdoor in Wallgate.

Comment by: DerekB on 16th November 2021 at 19:05

Garry/Anne. The Timbrtlake's showroom you refer to was the one where new cars were displayed. They also had a smaller one directly opposite where second hand cars were displayed.

Comment by: Garry on 16th November 2021 at 19:57

Look at item number 1327.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th November 2021 at 20:38

You've just jogged my memory Garry, I remember the pumps now after all these years. My uncle must have worked at the garage part.

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