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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 20th April, 2023)

Greenough Street


Greenough Street
Looking down Greenough Street, a far cry from what it was.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Gary on 20th April 2023 at 08:19

Not a single point of remembrance!!

Comment by: Garry on 20th April 2023 at 08:29

Unrecognisable from a 1960s shot with all the houses and shops around that area. So welcoming with all the Daffodils in full bloom.

Comment by: Phred on 20th April 2023 at 09:53

A lot different from when I left 42 years ago!

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 20th April 2023 at 09:56

If I remember correctly there was a doctors in the row of house’s that were originally on the right close to the top of Greenough Street where a Doctor Johnson practiced in the 60’s

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 20th April 2023 at 10:28

A lovely Springtime photo, but wish we could have had one of your brilliant "then-and-now" photos for comparison, Dennis.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th April 2023 at 14:21

All I can say is I am glad I can remember how it used to be. Nothing of interest there to look back on for the generations after us. Apart from the mad circus of traffic driven over these old roadways. It was a street to stroll down at one time, now it’s not very pedestrian friendly at all. (I did comment earlier bemoaning the loss of community - perhaps that’s why it’s not appeared.) Like the spider I’ll try and try again.

Comment by: Syd Smith on 20th April 2023 at 15:22

I was talking to an ambulance driver and she told me that Greenough Street was the busiest street in Wigan to see ambulances on blue lights.

Comment by: Lock Lass on 20th April 2023 at 15:23

I remember Greenhough Street as it was seventy odd years ago. There was a Chemist as you turned into it on the corner at the top end. I remember a place where you could buy an ice cream from the pavement; and the mens toilets at the bottom near where the River Douglas ran under the road near the Rugby Ground. Those were the days !!

Comment by: own pie eighter on 20th April 2023 at 16:31

The wer moower shops den ther than anyweer.

Comment by: Cyril on 20th April 2023 at 16:57

Veronica, I was reading that the council are to look into making the junction of Greenough Street and Morris Street safer for pedestrians after yet another accident there. Cars having been to MacDonald's when turning from Morris St Into Greenough St are colliding with pedestrians who have stepped out from the central refuge, obviously drivers aren't checking their left side.

Is the Blue Plaque still on the wall of the first house on Sullivan Way, it said that the road was named after Jim Sullivan, or has it gone? If I remember correctly didn't the folks living in the house not like it and wanted the Plaque put elsewhere? It was on the house gable facing Greenough Street.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th April 2023 at 18:40

Cyril I found the crossing on Riverway opposite Tesco very daunting, so much so I doubled back to the top of Greenough St to get to the other side and walk back down Greenough St to the crossing opposite St John’s Presbytery. It’s scary if you are not used to crossing these busy roads.

Comment by: DerekB on 20th April 2023 at 19:01

Lock Lass, I think you are thinking of Lewis's ice cream parlour where you could buy an ice cream from a serving hatch onto the pavement. It was in a group of shops just beyond the entrance to Turner St. going up Greenough St.

Comment by: Cyril on 20th April 2023 at 21:02

I understand what you mean Veronica, even motorists need their wits about them going through those lights, there's a lot of Amber Gamblers that go through them, and I've seen a few chance their luck on Red and with folks about to cross too.

Comment by: Edna on 20th April 2023 at 21:25

Lovely photo Dennis, I had one put on pad.last year about this time from the middle of Greenough St.With all the daffs out. Yes Veronica, much different to when we were young.xx

Comment by: Cyril on 20th April 2023 at 21:46

This photo with names of places from the Album by Ron it shows the old side going up Greenough Street and is from 1972.
https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=5&id=12214&gallery=Greenough+Street%252C+Wigan&offset=0

the bottom of Greenough Street just before Powell Street, and is well before the seven lanes of traffic that are there now.
https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=4&id=19728&gallery=greenough+street&offset=0

photo from the Album and by Frank Orrell and Johnston Press

Comment by: Arthur on 21st April 2023 at 04:46

Cyril in 1972 it was United Newspapers and not Johnston press.

Comment by: Cyril on 21st April 2023 at 14:11

Arthur, yes, but the photos are now copywrite of Johnston press, I could easily have not bothered, but Frank Orrell did ask folks who were using them to acknowledge their copywrite.

Comment by: Arthur on 21st April 2023 at 16:23

Copyright and not Copywrite.

Comment by: britboy on 22nd April 2023 at 12:53

I would not have recognised this photo at all if it hadn’t been for Cyril’s web address information.
The old photos were an instant reminder of what used to be there and part of the character of Wigan lost for ever.

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