Antiques Bus Trip: Day One, Glossop

Antiques and collectables shops from Glossop to Ramsbottom

East of the M60’s series of seven posts for Catch The Bus Week 2016

Norfolk Arms, Glossop
Day One of Antiques Bus Trip: The Norfolk Arms in Glossop has historically been the terminus of the 6 service (today’s 236 service, which co-works with the more regular 237 service via Hadfield). Image by Mikey, 2012 (Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved).

Many of you may be familiar with the teatime programme Antiques Road Trip featuring Tim Wonnacott, Anita Manning, Charlie Ross, and a number of classic cars. Sadly, East of the M60 lacks the budget of Scottish Television’s series (seen on BBC Two). Instead of classic cars, Enviro400s and Optare Solos are the norm. Thankfully for Catch The Bus Week, there is enough antiques and collectable shops in Greater Manchester and surrounding area.

The Glossop Emporium

Glossop is a vibrant town centre that pedestrianisation has forgot, apart from a stretch along Norfolk Square. Its passing trade is both a blessing and a curse with shoppers and visitors. Many a Saturday afternoon sees traffic billowing towards the centre from Dinting Arches or The Gun Inn at Hollingworth.

A lot of the town’s shops stretch from Wren Nest Mill to Manor Park along High Street and High Street West. Just off Norfolk Square is The Glossop Emporium.

The Glossop Emporium is a gem of shop. For the uninitiated, it isn’t the easiest of places to find. Entry to the shop is via a ginnel from Cross Street. Once you get off your Glossop-bound bus at Norfolk Square, cut through the square and cross High Street West towards the Market Hall. Turn right, then left to Cross Street.

Once you are through the ginnel, you can see a number of items on either side. Access to the shop is through a door on the left hand side. Once you’re in, prepare to be dazzled by a plethora of collectable items and vintage clothing. It is a place where every inch of floorspace is given over to everything from ashtrays to yokes.

Of late, The Glossop Emporium have focused on vintage clothing. More of their goods are sold online. We at East of the M60 fully recommend calling in to their shop. Previously, the shop opened on Thursdays and Fridays as well as Saturday. Today, it is only open on Saturdays, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

If you can live with the traffic, Saturday is the best day for visiting Glossop. The open and indoor markets are open and at their most liveliest. There is a nice balance between independent shops and chain stores. Plus there’s a good selection of pubs, particularly The Globe, The Star Inn (your author’s personal favourite), The Oakwood, and the Norfolk Arms (where yours truly was sat close to – though didn’t share a pint with – Edwina Currie!).

Next up…

For Day Two, we take two buses to our next venue. From Glossop, we board the 236 or 237 towards Stalybridge. All will be revealed tomorrow.

S.V., 04 July 2016

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