Help us to write a history of Manchester through its bygone shops.
We are looking for your memories of Manchester’s shopping heritage so that we can build an interactive map of the city’s commercial history.
Simply tell us about your favourite Manchester shopping memory and we will research its history and put it on the map!
Nominated by: Linda Dutton Where: Chester Road, Streford Pennington’s sold toys and bikes from its shop on Chester Road in Stretford in the 1950s and early 1960s. Linda remembers: Being taken there in 1959 to 1963 about late November early December to...read more
Nominated by: Janet Phillips Where: Wilbraham Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy (the picture shows other shops on Wilbraham Road) Quarmby’s was a stationer’s (downstairs) and toy shop (upstairs) on Wilbraham Road. The latter was the big attraction for many, with...read more
Nominated by: Rose Copas Where: Oldham Street, Ancoats, Manchester (the picture shows Oldhamd Street in the 1960s) Granelli’s was one of a number of Italian ice cream businesses operating in Ancoats. Many could trace their roots back to the late nineteenth...read more
Nominated by: Nicky Iqbal Where: Ancoats, Manchester Silvana was established by John Simon, who had arrived in Manchester from Germany in 1933 and established the Phoenix Mill in Ancoats in 1937. The company sold direct to the public, a business created in 1954 when...read more
Nominated by: Barry Shaw Where: Deansgate, Manchester Kendal, Milne & Co can lay claim to being the oldest department store in the country. They trace their origins to a bazaar opened on Deansgate in 1832, bought-up and converted into a drapery emporium by three...read more
Market Street, Leigh - Danby's is on the left (Source: https://leigh.life/index.php?action=media;sa=item;in=31475) 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....read more
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
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....read more