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Tableware (Coasters & Placemats) and Wallpaper.

Our despatch times are normal, but Royal Mail & Parcelforce delivery times are varying depending on location - some parcels arrive next day and others are taking up to 10 days, which we have no control over.

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Caption for Westhoughton, Market Street C1950: On the northern edge of the Wigan coalfield, local pits once provided employment for over 2000 miners, but by the late 1940s the mines were just a memory. At various times Westhoughton has been home to Metal Box, the Houghton Weavers, and rice pudding with a crust on the top, as well as being one of the last bastions of the Pasty Feast. This latter festivity involved local pubs turning out a variety of home-made pasties. The finder of a small pot doll in his pasty was not only blessed with good luck, but he was also expected to buy a round.

An extract from Greater Manchester Photographic Memories.

Memories of Westhoughton

I was actually born at Wingates in 1939,..but we moved to Chequerbent soon after and lived there untill i was 9yrs old,we then moved to Westhoughton,62 townsfield rd,..I had two sisters Joan and Betty ( sadly lost my youngest sister Betty last year). my maiden name was Hastie. we spent many happy hours (...Read full memory)

We moved to Westhoughton in 1956 when my father took up a position at Metal Box. I went to the Senior Girls School. Valerie Evans, Joyce Hartley and Kathleen Ellison were my friends. One of my fondest memories was the Empire Cinema which we went to on a regular basis. On Saturday night we would go to (...Read full memory)

I wasn't born here, but my great-great-great-grandfather was. He was christened in St Bartholomew's Church (C of E) in approximately 1779. He came to Sydney in 1813 as a convict. Any help would be appreciated. I live at Mt Annan, Australia, 60klms from Sydney. I haven't travelled very far ah!!

I was born in Westhoughton, I lived in 53 Townsfield Road when I was born, then moved to 8 Allenby Grove until I left at the age of 23 and came to Australia. In primary school I went to Sacred Heart School and then in high school I attended the Senior Girls' School on Park Road. I remember at Easter climbing (...Read full memory)

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