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.
“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.”