Lewis’s

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 landmark on the Manchester for over 120 years. It was eventually sold in 1990s after going into administration.

Caroline remembers:

“Lewis’s was a traditional haunt for us. My great-aunt started work in the accounts dept at 14 years old in 1916 and retired aged 63 as head of cashiers dept, managing all the cash and tilling for the whole store.
We always went up to get her staff discount pass in the 1970s & 80s. Lots of expensive purchases came courtesy of her pass – carpet for our first house, my cot and pram in 1988. I’d love to see their famous ballroom – my aunt saw it in its hey-day.”

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Kardomah Cafe

Kardomah Cafe

An early image of a Kardomah Cafe in Manchester © Manchester Libraries m09944

 

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 in the 1970s the company was sold. The Kardomahs was the meeting place of many famous faces including L S Lowry. 

John remembers:

“There were Kardomahs all over the country including Leeds. They were forty years ahead of their time, if they were still around now they would make a killing. Me and my mates would regularly meet in the cafe near Lewis’s”.

 

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Underground Market

Underground Market

Entrance to the underground market was on Brown Street (1975) © Manchester Libraries m00625

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 eventually demolished to make way for Tesco.  

Mike remembers:

“I use to get these jeans that you couldn’t get anywhere else. When I stopped wearing flares, the first time I started to wear what I now call ‘skinnys’ was in 1977 and that was the only place you could buy tight jeans outside of London”.

 

 

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Brickley’s, Atherton

Brickley’s, Atherton

Market Street, Atherton, 1955.
Brickley’s shops can been seen on the left.
(Source: https://www.francisfrith.com/atherton/atherton-market-street-and-parish-church-c1955_a138008)

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 of the 20th century the shop shrunk in size and Brickley’s closed in 2011 after some 87 years of trading.  

Thomas remembers:

“Brickley’s is intertwined with my own childhood memories as it was the go-to school uniform shop in Atherton. It must have supplied school uniforms for all the local primary schools in the town and I recall being taken there every summer to get fitted out for next year’s clothing. I think the process was the same for generations of school children in Atherton.

By the time I remember it, in the late 1990s/early 2000s, it seemed very dated. It was two shops knocked into one, with a staircase in the middle. The left hand shop still sold ladies wear and I think it had an old glass display cabinet as a counter. The right hand side was the school uniform side. There was stock everywhere but the staff always knew where everything was. I remember the dressing room, which was just a curtain in the corner of the room and the old mannequins which I found quite creepy as a child. I can still recall the smell, it was one of those shops which had a distinctive smell.”

 

 

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Harold Poyser Ltd.

Harold Poyser Ltd.

Harold Poyser Ltd, Stockport Road, Levenshulme
(Source: http://www.levyboy.com/stockport_road_the_shops.htm & Manchester Local Image Collection)

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 Woolley. 

Melvin remembers:

“Packed from just inside the door to the back wall with every kind of car and van spare you could need. This shop used to keep all South Manchester’s D.I.Y.  car owners on the road. Spark plugs to radiators and suspension arms, paints, batteries……nothing they hadn’t got.”

 

 

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Mazel Radio Musicals

Mazel Radio Musicals

Mazel Radio Musicals, London Road, 1958
(Source: m02699 Manchester Local Image Collection)

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 remembered as being crowded with goods along all the walls, floors and even boxes of records on the pavement outside. At one point Mazel’s also sold bicycles from an adjoining shop. 

Melvin remembers:

“What do I instantly remember…Radio and T.V. Valves & Tubes Service ! Sales !! Disposals !!! Second hand 7 inch vinyl single records for 2/6d and 10 inch 78 r.pm. records.

In the days when people had radio and television devices which used valves, Mazel stocked hundreds of parts to keep Manchester’s sets going, and avoid costly repairs or having to scrap the receiver. They also had an incredible selection of 45 & 78 r.p.m. records.

They were on the north side of London Road around today’s Mancunian Way intersection. When travelling by train from Piccadilly to Warwick Road for a football match at Old Trafford, I always used to look down and ”as long as Mazel’s were there, the world was o.k.”  I later became a train driver, and, as late as 2009, if I was travelling West, I would look down and imagine the old place. Still do now as a passenger again.”

 

 

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