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 market. Directories show a remarkable variety of shops, including grocers, shoe shops and dry cleaners. There were local independents as well as some national chains.
Cross Street was lined both sides with independent shops, every type of shop imaginable was on that street, from food shops to clothes shops, to pubs, jewellers, even a biscuit shop, that sold nothing else but biscuits, Cross Street ran from Cross lane to Hyde Road in Gorton. There was everything you could possibly need was on Cross Street. The whole of Gorton and beyond shopped there.