Then & Now (3/5)

Wigan Road looking from the Fox and Goose then

Wigan Road looking from the Fox and Goose then

Wigan Road looking from the Fox and Goose now

Wigan Road looking from the Fox and Goose now

The old stretch of Wigan Road has replaced by Hope Island – although you can still see the Telephone Exchange on the left

Ashcroft's home, Liverpool Road then

Ashcroft's home, Liverpool Road then

Ashcroft's home, Liverpool Road now

Ashcroft's home, Liverpool Road now

A new pair of semi detached homes have since been built, but Moss Street (albeit somewhat shorter) still exists

Coronation Park's 'Banana Lake' then

Coronation Park's 'Banana Lake' then

Coronation Park's 'Banana Lake' now

Coronation Park's 'Banana Lake' now

The banana lake – which got its name due to its unique shape – is looking a little dry these days…

Coronation Park bandstand then

Coronation Park bandstand then

Coronation Park bandstand now

Coronation Park bandstand now

Not much music has been played at this spot since they did away with the bandstand…

Elson Road, opposite Billy Shaw's cinema then

Elson Road, opposite Billy Shaw's cinema then

Elson Road, opposite Billy Shaw's cinema now

Elson Road, opposite Billy Shaw's cinema now

You wouldn’t know it… but long before Sandy Lane Shopping Centre existed, there was a street here called Elson Road – and it even had its own cinema!

Band marching down Clayton Street from School Lane then

Band marching down Clayton Street from School Lane then

Band marching down Clayton Street from School Lane now

Band marching down Clayton Street from School Lane now

This junction was blocked off in the 1960s along with the likes of Sandy Lane

The Congregational Church, Witham Road then

The Congregational Church, Witham Road then

The Congregational Church, Witham Road now

The Congregational Church, Witham Road now

The church may be gone, but the old terraces are holding out!

Elson Road, Old Skelmersdale then

Elson Road, Old Skelmersdale then

Elson Road, Old Skelmersdale now

Elson Road, Old Skelmersdale now

Now the entrance to Sandy Lane Shopping Centre… with Elson Road long gone

T&W Garner Ironmongers, Witham Road then

T&W Garner Ironmongers, Witham Road now

There’s no shifting Skem’s longest-established firm!
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3 thoughts on “Then & Now (3/5)

  1. Great to see photos of elson road in the past and billy shaws cinema, always referred to as billy’s bughouse. Great times there. Shame what has happened to a nice village community, Sandy Lane etc

  2. Great to see some old photos of Skem as was. Billy Shaws etc.
    Does the Historical Society have regular meetings.It would be good to talk and clarify some memories of Skem as it was?

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