Danby’s, Leigh

Danby’s, Leigh

Market Street, Leigh – Danby’s is on the left

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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. Like many large drapers’ shops, it was only a step or two away from being a department store as it sold a wide range of goods; curtains were a particular speciality.

Anne remembers:

“It seemed to stock everything it was like Aladdins cave but the most thing that stands out was the method of payment you went to a counter with a payment and the assistant put your money in a tube and pulled a lever and it was whisked off to an office which was then returned with your change and receipt “Magic”. Very it was an original department store.”


(Source: https://leigh.life/index.php?page=wiki&id=leighlife:market_street)


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Hilton’s butchers, Tyldesley

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. Like many shops, it did its best trade on market day.

Anne remembers:

“A very popular butcher’s shop. Always busy with people queuing to be served, especially on Fridays which was market day. I remember at Christmas there were turkeys hanging in the shop. One “shopper” was a little dog. Always unaccompanied it used to sit outside the shop, very patiently, until it was given a bone, then off it trotted with it down the street.

It was a proper family business  – a husband and wife team and then the sons when they were old enough. I always bought my meat from there from the 1970s. Sadly, it’s no longer there despite them trying freezer packs, meat bundles and home made burgers. Suppose they couldn’t compete with the supermarkets. Sadly missed.”


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George Mason’s

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 grocers, situated on Bradshawgate in Leigh.

Brian remembers:

“It was a grocers. We used to get a lot of Polish customers; they lived in Lowton, on the estate near Lowton civic hall. A Mr Tunstall was the manager – he lived in Atherton. I worked there in 1950. Back room staff were not allowed behind the counter. Every so often we had to move the stock around (foodstuff) as it was in bags, so there would be mice. Butter came in tubs and sugar was in big bags

George Masons represented the true meaning of local shopping (not the supermarkets of today) the person to person touch.”


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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 style of the period.

Jane remembers:

“It was an ‘old fashioned’ shop but very stylish, I lived outside Manchester so it was an adventure to shop in town. This was the nearest thing to Biba designs outside London..

I used to save up my money and get smart and fashionable clothes that lasted well. I remember buying a black frock made of jersey, plain but stylish with long points on the collar with long cuffs with a row of tiny buttons on the cuff.”


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The Bacca Shop, Atherton

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. Its name comes from the tobacco it would sell to those working in the numerous mills and collieries, although it was also a newsagent and corner shop. It is trading today and now actually called “The Bacca Shop”, whereas historically this was just a local nickname for it.  

Diane remembers:

“This paper shop has stood for many years. It used to sell single cigarettes and in years past part of the shop was a dolls hospital. Generations of families from Atherton used it.

It is one of the few shops that has stood the test of time and is still in business today selling newspapers. My great-grandparents, grandparents and parents all bought their papers and cigarettes from this shop.


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