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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Kidd’s, Irlams o’ th’ Height

Kidd’s, Irlams o’ th’ Height

Kidd’s Chippy, c.1950/60s
(Source: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/325314773074116406/)

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 as 1939 she was in charge of the shop at 401 Bolton Road.

Russell remembers:

“Ace! Ace fish and chips, reputed by many to be the best in Manchester from 1950s to 1970s. It was a great place in many lives in Manchester over the period. Stunning fish and chips.”

 

 

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Top Ten Record Bar, Levenshulme

Top Ten Record Bar, Levenshulme

Stockport Road, Levenshulme, c. 1970s
(Source: http://www.levyboy.com/stockport_road_the_shops.htm)

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 for brand new 7 inch vinyl singles from the Record Company’s back catalogue. They also sold the current chart singles, but their archive singles, marketed under the slogan ”Brand New Oldies” were their trademark.

The records were listed in alphabetical order on A4 sheets kept pristine in plastic covers on the counter for people to check through. Even as late as March 1981 when the shop closed, they stocked every Rolling Stones single, every Beatles single and E.P. and hundreds of Tamla Motown, all brand new ex-factory, NOBODY ELSE offered this service in Manchester.

The shop was an active member of the vibrant group of retail establishments which ran from Broom Lane right through to just beyond Albert Road. Another service the last owner offered was newly-released albums signed by the artist. When Kate Bush had a signing session at H.M.V. Market Street in September 1980, said owner asked a number of customers who were going to buy Kate’s new album what message they wanted on the sleeve. During the following week, they were all amazed to visit the shop and see their messages, and the signature…Kate Bush…..unique customer service, and no extra charge for the album., just R.R.P. !!! I still have mine, worth hundreds now.”

 

 

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