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

Decoy Records

Nominated by: Mark Whidby Where: Deansgate, Manchester Image from: https://www.mdmarchive.co.uk/tag/7391/Decoy_Records   Decoy Records specialised in blues, jazz and world music. It drew customers from across the region and also had stalls at local music...

Fiorucci, designer wear

Nominated by: Lorraine Joyce Where: Police Street, Manchester   Fiorucci was founded in 1969 by Elio Fiorucci. It mixed Italian with American and British styles to produce a unique look, including designer jeans, which was picked up by Andy Warhol and Madonna...

Co-op, Eccles

Nominated by: Johanna Roberts Where: Church Street, Eccles   The Co-op traces its roots back to Rochdale in the 1840s (see the post on the Co-op on Taylor Street, Stretford). Co-operative stores were generally quite small and sold mostly groceries and hardware,...

Bachers fabrics

Nominated by: Michelle Crighton, Frances Grogan, and Nicky Iqbal Where: 58 High Street, Manchester   Bachers sold a wide variety of furnishing and clothing fabrics – one of only a few places in the city centre to do so.. Established in 1903, they promoted the...

Lowes, confectioners

Nominated by: Rod Perrin Where: 588 Stockport Road, Longsight   Lowes had a small chain of confectioner's shops which seems to date back to the early twentieth century - a 1919 directory lists a Jospeh Lowe as a confectioner trading on Stockport Road,...

Co-op, Taylor Street, Stretford

Nominated by: Chris Geliher Where: 5 Taylor Road, Stretford   The Co-operative Society is usually traced back to 1844 and the famous Rochdale Pioneers. Co-operative stores spread rapidly, especially in industrialising towns in the Midlands and North of England....

Cross Street, Gorton

Nominated by: Sylvia Martyn Where: Cross Street, Gorton Cross Street, Gorton, ran between Cross Lane and Hyde Road. It contained a wide variety of shops from the late nineteenth century right up to the 1970s when the area was redeveloped as an indoor and outdoor...

Finnegans, ladies fashions

Nominated by: Carol O-Reilly Where: High Street, Manchester   Finnegans sold women's clothes. In 1973 it was trading on the High Street, but the shop was lost in the redevelopment of the area as the Arndale Centre. We think it may have moved to Oldham Street at...

2007, fashion shop

Nominated by: Irene Davis Where: Oldham Street, Manchester   2007 was a fashion store selling women’s clothes in a futuristic setting   Irene remembers: This was a ladies boutique. The outside of the shop had a space age look, all white moulded plaster with...

Bus Stop, women’s fashions

Nominated by: Lorraine Joyce Where: Market Street, Manchester?   Bus Stop was founded in 1968 by Lee Bender and her husband Cecil. The first shop was in Kensington High Street and at its peak there were eleven branches across the country, including one in...