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!
Market Street, Leigh - Danby's is on the left (Source: https://leigh.life/index.php?action=media;sa=item;in=31475) Nominated by: Anne Ring Where: Market Street, Leigh Danby’s was a drapers, trading in Leigh from at least 1857 and was still going into the 1970s....read more
Elliott Street, Tyldesley (Source: https://www.francisfrith.com/tyldesley/tyldesley-elliott-street-1950_t145004) Nominated by: Anne Reece Where: Elliott Street, Tyldesley Hilton's was a traditional butchers trading for many years on Elliott Street in Tyldesley....read more
Bradshawgate, Leigh, (Source: https://www.leighjournal.co.uk/news/15778381.photography-fanatic-transports-people-back-in-time-for-eighth-year-with-vintage-snaps-of-leigh/) Nominated by: Brian Fairhurst Where: Bradshawgate, Leigh George Mason's was a traditional...read more
Nominated by: Jane Where: 39 South King Street Crowther's appears to have been trading for a relatively short period on South King Street: it appears on Goad maps in 1969, but had gone by 1973. It sold a range of clothes, being particularly associated with the mod...read more
Bacca Shop, Atherton, c.1910 (Source: Tom McGrath) Nomtinated by: Diane Shallcross Where: 2 Bolton Road, Atherton The shop dates back to at least the late 1870s but may be earlier. It was originally listed on High Street but this later became 2 Bolton Old Road....read more
Nominated by: Caroline Rushmer Where: Market Street, Manchester The first Lewis's store opened in Liverpool in the 1850s. The Manchester store opened on Market Street in 1877. The iconic store sold everything from food to the latest fashions. The store remained a...read more
Nominated by: John from Romiley Where: Market Street, Albert Square & St Ann's Square The Kardomah cafe chain were founded in Liverpool in 1844. Before the cafes opened, the company were producing their own brand of teas. The brand peaked in the 1960s and...read more
Nominated by: Mike Sweeney Where: Market Street The underground market was situated just off Market Street. The main entrance was on Brown Street and there was a covered walkway between Cross St and Market Street. The market closed in the late 1980s and part of it was...read more
Nominated by: Thomas McGrath Where: 27-29 Market Street, Atherton In 1924 Alfred and Sarah Brickley opened a drapery store at No.31 Market Street in Atherton. By 1939 their business had expanded across three shops and sold a variety of clothing. By the latter decades...read more
Nominated by: Melvin Thorley Where: 967 Stockport Road, Levenshulme Harold Poyser Ltd. was a car spares and parts shop in Levenshulme. From 1941 the original shop was located at No.243 Stockport Road before later moving business premises, where it was run by Don...read more