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Help us to write a history of Manchester through its bygone shops.


We are looking for your memories of Manchester’s shopping heritage so that we can build an interactive map of the city’s commercial history.

Simply tell us about your favourite Manchester shopping memory and we will research its history and put it on the map!


Latest Shops

Affleck and Brown

Nominated by: Kathryn Tench Where: Oldham Street  Affleck and Brown was established in the 1860s as a drapers and by the 1870s was still listed simply as a general draper, silk mercer and shawl and mantle manufacturer on Oldham Street. The shop grew rapidly in the...

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H & J Wilsons

Nominated By: Ann Dexter Where: Market street, City Centre Ann remembers: "The shop was a ladies and children's wear shop. It was on the corner of Market Street and Fountain Street. The shop itself was really nice and well presented. "I remember a Mr Rutter who...

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Nominated by: Graham Eagland Where: Medlock Street, Hulme Graham remembers: "Gees sold lots of household goods, clothing and footwear.  They had an early form of credit, my mother ran a club for neighbours. One shilling a week for 20 weeks got...

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Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange was first built on its present site in 1837, but the building that we see today dates from 1897-1903 when it was rebuilt in two stages and according to plans drawn up by two different architects. Its purpose was to act as a trading...

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United Cattle Products Restaurant, Pall Mall

United Cattle Products specialised in what we might now term offal, opening shops and cafeterias across Lancashire in the post war years. In its 1950s heyday, it had 146 premises, most of them fairly modest. The restaurant on the corner of Pall Mall and...

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Pauldens (Debenhams)

William Paulden began trading on Stretford Road in the 1860s. A trade directory from 1877 lists him as a General draper, silk mercer and fancy warehouseman, which signals the origin of many department stores in this period. His shop was large even then,...

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