100 Shops – A History of Manchester

Welcome to 100 Manchester Shops …

 

The Idea

 

Taking a job at Manchester Metropolitan University led Professor Jon Stobart back to the city for the first time in many years. He was struck by how much had changed. Given his long-standing interest in retail history, exploring some of these changes through a study of the shops and shopping streets of Greater Manchester seemed an obvious and interesting way to re-familiarise himself with the city and its various boroughs.

But, rather than simply writing his own history of Manchester shops, he felt it would be more revealing and fulfilling to ask the people of Greater Manchester to write their histories, which is what this project and website are all about …

 

The Project

 

Why 100 Shops? The idea is based on Neil MacGregor’s History of the World in 100 Objects (2010), which tells a global history on the basis of objects held at the British Museum. We wanted to create something similar in Manchester: a history of the city built up from numerous smaller parts that held significance for Greater Manchester and its people.

This is a collective piece of work: We would like people to ‘nominate’ a shop that they feel is important – maybe to the development of Manchester, to a particular borough or community, or to them personally. The shops might be large high street stores or corner shops; places that are still trading or that disappeared decades ago; famous landmarks or forgotten treasures. The key thing is that people see them as important in some way.

Not only will your memories make it onto our interactive map, we will also be staging a 100 Manchester Shops exhibition at Manchester Central Library in spring 2019.

 

Get Involved

 

You can nominate a shop by clicking the button below. Simply tell us its name and address, something about its history and why it is important to you. You can also include a picture if you like. We’ll then put the best 100 of them onto the interactive map so that everyone can share memories and find out more about Manchester’s shops, past and present.

You can also leave comments on shops that have already been placed on the map, adding your own memories, information or photographs, and providing an extra layer onto the history of shops across Greater Manchester.

Our Latest Shops

Kardomah Cafe

  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...

Underground Market

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...

Brickley’s, Atherton

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...

Harold Poyser Ltd.

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...

Mazel Radio Musicals

Nominated by: Melvin Thorley Where: 122-138 London Road, Manchester Mazel's was a second-hand shop on London Road which sold a variety of household goods, electrical bits and pieces and records. Stock was bought in bulk after the Second World War and the shop is...

Kidd’s, Irlams o’ th’ Height

Nominated by: Russell King Where: Bolton Road, Irlams o' th' Height Kidd's was a popular chippy in Irlams o' th' Height. Although in the post-war era the chip shop was run by both Henry and Florence Kidd, it was originally the business venture of Mrs Kidd and as early...

Top Ten Record Bar, Levenshulme

Nominated by: Melvin Thorley Where: 1036 Stockport Road, Levenshulme  The Top Ten Record Bar was located on Stockport Road, Levenshulme between 1974 - 1981. It was a popular shop and stocked a wide range of vinyl. Melvin remembers: "The best record shop in Manchester...

Beat Street Records, Bolton

Nominated by: Paul Hutchinson Where: Bradshawgate, Bolton The popular shop was run on Bradshawgate in Bolton town centre by Mike Stewart, Mark Curry and another assistant named Pru. In the late-nineties Beat Street Records moved to 23 Tib Street, Manchester, which...

Guys n Dolls

Nominated by: Margaret Fletcher and Stephanie Buckley Where: Oldham Street (now Afflecks) Guys n Dolls was a large clothing boutique on Oldham Street, which mainly catered for Manchester's younger population in the 1970s. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth...

Thunder Egg (Afflecks)

Nominated by: Anonymous Where: Afflecks, Tib Street  Thunder Egg is a independent shop on the first floor of the Tib Street building. Affleck's Palace was founded in 1982 by James and Elaine Walsh and it was named after the former Affleck & Brown department store,...