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Ladysmith Shopping Centre Through The Ages
« on: February 20, 2016, 12:23 PM »
Some of you may be interested to read this blog post by Stuart Vallantine about the development of the 'Precint' over the years:

https://mancunian1001.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/ladysmith-shopping-centre-through-the-ages/

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Re: Ladysmith Shopping Centre Through The Ages
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2016, 11:15 AM »
Its Funny how when you look a some photo's how things flash through your mind I remember the site before there was built on the entrance on Old St was a pub and you could cut throug the yard on to Old Street. At the back of Boots were about 3 or 4 houses and a Chimney Sweep lived there my mum use to call and book him to come and sweep ours each year. Some of them memories stick more than the new ones Fudge

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Re: Ladysmith Shopping Centre Through The Ages
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2016, 12:15 PM »
I worked in Oldham until 1982 and the shopping precinct there was windy and inhospitable and best avoided. I lived in Ashton until 1978 but don't remember the precinct then being called 'Ladysmith'. I do remember the Norweb showrooom, Boots and Rumbelows and there was a small kiosk in the open area but can't remember what they were selling (probably lottery tickets or suchlike).

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Re: Ladysmith Shopping Centre Through The Ages
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2016, 07:52 PM »
Oh yes - St Peter's Precinct in Oldham (aka Windy City). As I recall, the only unit that had ever been open in the precinct was Tesco.
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Re: Ladysmith Shopping Centre Through The Ages
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2016, 01:30 PM »
John, the name " ladysmith" was a later reincarnation of what we knew as " the precinct". I can remember a debate when I was still at school (1963- ish) when the plans for a shopping precinct were first aired. I remember arguing against it as I felt the focus would move from Stamford st to its detriment. Seems I was right!!
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Re: Ladysmith Shopping Centre Through The Ages
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2016, 11:38 AM »
Yes Meg - it's such a pity it was felt necessary to virtually kill Stamford Street and then decapitate it! Regarding Oldham precinct I remember the Tesco store (on the corner I think). There was also the Gas and Electricity showrooms where I went to pay my bills but even at that time there were units that had never been occupied.