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Anyone remember WIGFALLS television and electrical shop in Fitzalan Square?

The main memory of this shop for me was when it had the MASSIVE fire that brought it to it's knees.

I seem to remember Wigfalls fans in and around Sheffield all the time doing their deliveries too

Definitely remember the fire though. It was big news at the time in the Sheffield Star etc (might even have made Look North and Calendar!)

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Old Phart

I remember Wigfalls because my parents used to hire a washing from them and once a month we'd go in, stand in a queue and pay the fee. In return you got to use the machine, have it serviced and repaired, and get a replacement when it failed. It seems so odd now but back then lots of people hired washing machines, televisions etc. Rumbelows used to do quite a lot of rental business for TV sets.

After paying Wigfalls we'd cross the road and queue in the YEB (Yorkshire Electricity Board for those too young to remember) to pay the electric bill. The days before widespread direct debits I suppose.  Back then insurance companies used to collect premiums door to door and you had to queue in the bank to draw money out. Amazing how things have changed!  

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jackanne
7 minutes ago, Old Phart said:

I remember Wigfalls because my parents used to hire a washing from them and once a month we'd go in, stand in a queue and pay the fee. In return you got to use the machine, have it serviced and repaired, and get a replacement when it failed. It seems so odd now but back then lots of people hired washing machines, televisions etc. Rumbelows used to do quite a lot of rental business for TV sets.

After paying Wigfalls we'd cross the road and queue in the YEB (Yorkshire Electricity Board for those too young to remember) to pay the electric bill. The days before widespread direct debits I suppose.  Back then insurance companies used to collect premiums door to door and you had to queue in the bank to draw money out. Amazing how things have changed!  

Yes certainly different in those days.I remember going on holiday to cornwall and needing to get cash from bank,they had to phone to my bank in sheffield to check that i had money in my account before cashing cheque. 

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Beer lover

I attended this fire and the Classic cinema fire in Fitzalan Square just a few weeks apart. We were mobilised from the old central fire station on Division Street (now Bungalows and Bears pub) as soon as we turned out of the station we could see the large plumes of smoke over the city centre. On arrival at the scene we were told that several people were missing on the first floor and entered wearing breathing apparatus to carry out a search and deal with the fire. We made our way to the central staircase which was a wooden construction and found it well ablaze so we feared for the people on the first floor if they hadn't been able to get out. When we left the building to replenish our compressed air cylinders we were told that they had escaped down the fire escape at the rear of the building and due to the intensity of the fire had to go round to Pond Street to get back round to the front of the premises to carry out the roll call. A really intense fire and very lucky no one was seriously injured.

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Old rider

Wigfalls hay day was in the days of the rented televisions. I came out of industry to be a TV repairman at Telefusion  another TV rental company. In those days all TV's had operating them and Cathode ray tubes to display the picture. On average colour TV's broke down 3 times a year. Companies like Wigfalls and Telefusion disappeared with the prices that discounters were selling TV's at and the reliability of modern TV's  

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