Greenough Street

Greenough Street
Maidwells was a sewing factory but what did they make? Down by the side of the River Douglas was Water Heyes Electrical. The Quality Hotel now occupies this position across from where the famous old Wigan Rugby Ground was, but now is a Tesco Supermarket.

Comment by: June ashurst (Wigan, Lancs) on 10th July 2020

Still looking for photos of foundry st opposite water heyes can any one help our,s got lost when we moved?zo

Comment by: Steven Hurst (Standish, UK) on 25th May 2020

There were a series of houses numbered 9A to (at least)9E in Greenough Street. My Dad was brought up at 9D, and I remember visiting my Grandma there until about 1965ish. She called the house Ninepence!

Comment by: Peter Townsend (Wigan, UK) on 15th May 2020

My grandma used to live o. Greenough Street Wigan, I'm curious about the address which was 9E, it wasn't an HMO so I am confused why 9E?

Comment by: Gwen Vitiritti (Garfield, Australia) on 30th April 2020

I’m doing our family tree,My mothers name Greenough.I found some lived in 28 Cross Street Wigan. There were a few Greenough’s came from Wigan and surrounding towns. 1st Names were Henry. Swithin , James, William. I’m going back about 1800’s.If any one can help I’d love to hear from you.Thanks

Comment by: David ince (Wigan, Uk) on 4th January 2020

My mother had the hairdressers on greenough street which I think was just up after the river Douglas bridge on the left. Jean ince - does anyone remember this (any photos).?? What was the shop before? Was this opposite Isherwoods shop? I have one of his paintings btw. I used to go to St. George’s around the late sixties early seventies. Any stories much appreciated.

Comment by: Darrall drummer in Minx (Wigan, UK) on 22nd October 2017

Hi Degs hope u keepin well our band was made up of Degs on lead Bev on vocals Terry on rhythm Sam on bass me on drums good band would be good to hear from you we had some good times

Comment by: e n wignall (wigan, england) on 30th July 2015

my mother elizabeth coyle (tizzy or betty) worked at maidwells in 1940s. we lived in clarence st. off orchard st.with my step father and my two sisters. she used to mend the wigan rugbyleague jerseys and shorts and sew the wembley badges on

Comment by: B.Unsworth (wigan, UK) on 5th April 2015

Not much happening on the site these days so i thought it would be a good idea to register the one. thousanth comment Happy Easter to all you Greenough Streeters

Comment by: Sylvia ramsden (roe) (Hindley, Lancs) on 30th April 2014

I was a 14 yr old in 1966 when I got my first job which was at maidwells I loved it there was some great girls there and helped me to sew my own dresses. It is where I got my finger trapped under the sewing machine needle, I nearly fainted but the girls said that I was a proper machinest now. I also fell for the one asking for rainbow cotton ha, good days.

Comment by: Ruth Smith (Wigan, England) on 24th January 2014

My Nan used to live in Tichborne Street,off Vaughan Street that was off Greenough street.I went to St Georges school about 1964/5 and remember Gaynor Donnaly, Glenda Morman and a lad called Jeremy.I was born left handed but forced by the elderly teacher there to right with my "proper" hand.

Comment by: simon millea (wigan, Great Britain) on 21st January 2014

There was also a scrap yard on Greenough street across from Maidwells factory a bit further up on the opposite side, we used to play in there as kids and get in trouble for it as we would always come home covered in oil.lol

Comment by: valerie helme (wigan, england) on 12th November 2013

I did my hairdressing at Kathleen Heatons salon in Greenough Street, my dads shop was next door to the Jewelers shop, so different to what it is now.

Comment by: gordon taylor (hindley, england) on 21st August 2013

Does anyone remember greenhough street football club first game it was our game against Standish b d a we played on st pats the the year was 1963,I can still name the squad,would like to hear if any of you played in it,I had to go and get sawdust from bulldog tools to mark the field we made a draw thought it was a good result,gordon

Comment by: Mary Harper (Ambleside, United Kingdom) on 19th January 2013

to Cliff.H what a memory! When are you going on Mastermind? Perhaps it was all for the best really, as the money might have gone to my head!!! Er, we seem to have strayed away from Greenough Street.

Comment by: Onbehalfov Clifton (Cocium, Blighty) on 31st December 2012

**** In answer to the lovely Mary Harper **** So sorry Mary, I remember the incident only too well. As I recall it wasn,t for any jackpot but a 'Full House' and the number of the disc was 46 it occured on one Saturday night and the next morning was our weekly committee mettings. Honest man as I am, I mustered all my and said to my comrades Get churehankys out comrades as I have a mitey sad tale to confess. Clifton the Confessor

Comment by: Gladys (Wigan, UK) on 29th December 2012

Does anyone know what hapened to Brian Unsworth from Sandside who wrote regularly on this topic and was a bit of a poet.

Comment by: barbara smalley (wigan, england) on 17th November 2012

MAIDWELLS MADE OVERALLS AND DRESSES I REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD TIMES MY SISTER ANN COUSINS JACK & ROBERT EDWARDS COUSIN CAROL COLLINS WE ARE ALL STILL VERY CLOSE AND KEEP IN CLOSE CONTACTM DOES ANYONE REMEMBER A BOY NAMED CURLY FROM ST MARYS SCHOOL HE MADE MY MUM MRS SMALLEY THE DINNERLADY AT ST MARYS A PAIR OF CANDLE STICKS AND I WOULD LIKE TO LET HIM KNOW THAT I STILL HAVE THEM ON MY FIRE SURROUND

Comment by: Keith (Wigan, England) on 8th November 2012

My sister Kathleen Ashcroft (nee Moore) used to go to the Mission Hall church down Water Heyes. On a sunday morning we would walk down the Ritz steps, along to the Little Theatre then down waterside to church. One Easter Sunday I was in my new grey Blazer, short pants and cap with a badge on and as I approached the church a gust of wind blew my cap off and it went sailing down the Duggy.Skryked my eyes out cause I knew I'd get a beltin from my dad.

Comment by: joe tighe (leigh, england) on 27th March 2012

i remember the shop on the right hand side,where i used to take the wet battery to be charged up ,for our radio.cant remember its name though.i also remember isherwoods glogs and shoe repair shop,and mellings bike shop further down on the left ,near maidwells

Comment by: Wilkinson (Wigan, England) on 12th March 2012

Can anyone tell me when Greenough street was built?

Comment by: Mary Harper (Ambleside, United Kingdom) on 12th February 2012

Re: Cliff Higham. He used to be the bingo caller in Swinley Club. I was waiting for one number for the jackpot. I later learned he had dropped the number, he found it in his shoe when he went home! If I ever see him again I will probably kill him.

Comment by: Fred Cunliffe (Winklespruit, south africa) on 2nd February 2012

I also had a friend in Burlington street,Derek Ashcroft,and Eddie Wilkinson from Windermere st.

Comment by: Betty (wigan, uk) on 5th January 2012

The ladies that ran lewis ice cream shop was Hilda and Phyllis.Portland street did run off turner street.Had a friend who lived in burlington st her name is Jean Marshall.

Comment by: gill adamson (blackpool, england) on 2nd January 2012

i lived in westmister st my grandmother in vaughan st annie mcgarty.i remember brian bridge the tarbucks lewis icecream Hilda but cant remember the other lady that also served in the shop.did portland street run off turner st to westminster st? also remember Mr Hankin and 2 old women on turner st all kids thought they were witches Susan Baxter and Carol Wright cant remember the name of shop opposite Seddons

Comment by: tony k (wigan, g manchester) on 1st August 2011

i missed a word of i ment to say where was the common

Comment by: tony k (wigan, g manchester) on 31st July 2011

does anbody know were the old scholes common thank you

Comment by: muriel barnett (Wigan, England) on 7th July 2011

My mother Alice Martin who died last year age 91 worked at Maidwells for quite a long time. They made overalls for Sainsburys(not many Sainsbury shops in the north then, the overalls mostly went 'down south') The boss was Jack Claxton and the girls would call the place Fenner Fashions after an old programme that was on T.V about a sewing factory. In the sixties they also made shift dresses by the thousands and many times the girls stopped work until he gave them another penny on a dress. I remember sitting there on a Friday or Saturday watching my Mum making me a shift dress to go out in the same night.My Mum loved working at Maidwells and would have us laughing telling us about all the girls who worked there.

Comment by: Christine (Wigan, England) on 5th July 2011

Remeber the doctors surgery?Dr Johnson and his wife,the big house they had for their surgey,and doctor Gary who had a little bob-hole in a corner And whoever was waiting next could see right into the consulting room.Mr Johnson called all the ladies maam whatever their age,and used to breathe with you during examination.He reminded you of a mad professor,but three doctors saw to hundreds of patients and the always had time for you...Those were the days.

Comment by: S Hart (Wigan , Lancs) on 27th February 2011

My grandparents and great grandparents lived in Water Heyes road. down by the River Douglas. I would go there all the time as a child to visit. Grand dad used to let us (my cousin and I). float paper boats dropped from the wooden bridge, then race to the other side of Greenhough st, to see them come out the other side of that bridge there.

Comment by: David Winnard (Adlington, Chorley, UK) on 11th December 2010

I can rember sitting on top of the toilets watching the walking days. I lived in Hill Cottage, beyond Windsor st. past Ashcrofts woodyard. Its great to see the old picture looking up greenie

Comment by: Nevin (Wigan, UK) on 23rd November 2010

Cliff Blue. Speaking of Sandside. Wasnt there a bloke used to write on here who called himself Bu Bu Sandside. Where is he now?

Comment by: T. Porter (Wigan, GB) on 18th October 2010

Hi Ray. Roy Thomas han't got the Cherries. Its a bloke named Phill Gray.

Comment by: Ray Thorpe (Wigan, GB) on 12th October 2010

Hi Clifford. I heard that Roy Thomas has just acquired the Cherry Gardens. Don't know if its true. Thought you might like to know. Would think he was a bit owd for that caper.

Comment by: Clifford Blue (Wigan, UK) on 12th October 2010

Nice place Sandside Becky. Lucky to live there. Bet its very quite now the summers drawing in. Yeah the old Greenough Street community is no more. I could just go to the Lewis's now for an ice cream. Or McNabs chippy for a bag of chipa on a cowd neet.

Comment by: Becky Mears (Sandside, Cumbria) on 6th October 2010

Oh! What a shock I got whem re-visiting Greenough Street after years away from my home town. Its just a road now - all those lovely shops and community all gone. Deary me!

Comment by: celia fairhurst (upholland, england) on 11th August 2010

Hi, I worked at Maidwells for a short period in the 1950's, they made overalls, and very nice ones too. Under the factory was a music shop where I bought my very first Elvis record 'Dont be cruel' I worked with Shiela Smith and the Manager's name was Jack. I remember that in 1962 I was in Billinge Hospital as a patient on B2 ward and the lady in the next bed was Jack's sister. She lived in a bungalow in Winstanley, sadly I lostr touch with her.

Comment by: Ruby Renacre (Billinge, UK) on 22nd July 2010

Are you the famous Bernard Dowdall by any chance. If so I understand that you are quite an accomplished artist. Do you exhibit your work anywhere? I am a collector of the works of local artists.

Comment by: Bernard Dowdall (Wigan, England) on 21st July 2010

I have quite a few recollections of jim Isherwood the famous Wigan artist. One vivid one when I was a young boy.I used to go to St Mary's school in Standishgate Wigan and went to my grandmothers for my dinner each day in Scholes. One day I was returning to school walking down Greenough St where his mother had a shop. As I was walking by, Jim asked me to stop and admire a portrait of Tommy Steele (with two heads) ,and the next day the picture appeared in the Daily Mirror with the caption "Artist unveils portrait of pop sensation Tommy Steele ,young admirer amazed" Years later I was working for a local Bookmaker Joe Kennedy in The Wiend,and Jim Isherwood was a regular visitor to the office,which in those days before betting shops was a credit office. He liked a bet on the horses and more often than not when it came time to settle up he invariably paid his debts by way of a painting . I dread to think of how many of his works ended up being a nice comfy resting place for Joe's two Siamese cats. A couple of years ago I came across a signed copy of Sir Gerald Nabarro's autobiography dedicated to Jim and his lady Lily ,and guess what was inside....a couple of sketches and a photograph of one of his paintings in Venice I think. Hope this is of interest Bernard Dowdall

Comment by: Bloo (Wigan, England) on 19th July 2010

At least that was your story Carol. I saw you in that entry in Oxford St scoffing that ice cream!

Comment by: Carol McLeod (Wigan, Lancashire) on 16th July 2010

My name is Carol Round and I lived in Oxford St, off Greenough Street. Used to be sent with a pint pot to Lewis's icecream bar and I ran home so fast the piece of 'paper' covering the ice cream had fallen off and so had all the ice cream!! I Remember Hilda and wish I had bought a painting from Isherwoods cobblers!

Comment by: J. Barker (Wigan, GB) on 16th July 2010

He may well have passed on Bert. He was no chicken. Not seen him around lately.

Comment by: Bert Baines (Wigan, England) on 15th July 2010

What hapened to that chap called himself Bloo. he never writes any more. he was the main man in the past. or has he past on?

Comment by: Formerly Fat Walter (Wigan, GB) on 10th July 2010

Hi John, hows your husband John. Must get quite confusing in your house, Best wishes - Walter :>).

Comment by: John Ashurst (vilafranca del penedse, spain) on 14th June 2010

My Husband's John grandparent's owned a shop at 49 Greenough St. John's father was the youngest of their 5 children. William Bernard Ashurst born 1911 was awarded the MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1953. We would like to know the maiden name of John's grandmother if anyone knows we would love know.

Comment by: T. Fairhurst (Wigan, UK) on 28th May 2010

Brian Unsworths mother had Florries shop on the corner of Kay Street I think. A green grocers shop.

Comment by: D. Varey (Wigan, GB) on 26th May 2010

Brian Unsworth will be getting on a bit now. Between 73 and 75 I'd guess. Think he was a St Georges lad but not sure. Think is parents had a shop in Greenough Street. He wnt to Whelley school later on.

Comment by: Jon Summers (Wigan, UK) on 18th May 2010

Wonder what hapened to that chap who used to dominate this page. Think his name was Brian Unsworth. Used to boast a lot about his prowess at football and about a boat he had in Windermere. Yeah he boasted a lot about living in the lake district. He hated grammar school boys and had a habit of falling out with all the other contributors. Then he began to post his poetry on the site. I think that was the last the straw for most folk, think they gave up posting comments in case they encouraged him. Then I think an ex-grammar school boy posted a dodgy limerick on the site and everyone blamed Brian for it. He started signing himself B.U. from Sandside. I think thats a place in the Lake District. Anyway he eventually began to relate to himself as Bu or Boo Sandside. He suddendly stopped posting comments. Its funny he must have been the main initiator or should I say "agent provocateur" to the site because not many have contributed since he stopped. Its a pity, you could argue that every pantomine needs a villain.

Comment by: Rita (Wigan, Great Britain) on 6th May 2010

Hi Babs. Can confirm Cliff is still around. I saw him a couple of Saturdays ago sat outside the Cherry Gardens pub.

Comment by: Joe Hill (Wigan, England) on 4th May 2010

He's still around Babs. I drove past him walking up Mesnes Road a few days ago.

Comment by: Babs A. (Bedford, UK) on 1st May 2010

Does any one know if Cliffy Higham is still around?