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

Danby’s, Leigh

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....

Hilton’s butchers, Tyldesley

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....

George Mason’s

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...

Crowther’s

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...

The Bacca Shop, Atherton

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....

Lewis’s

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...

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...