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Charming Greater Manchester high street is a gem from another age

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Some 110 years ago, the Arcade on Lapwing Lane in West Didsbury was the place to go if you needed some fresh fruit, sewing supplies or a bag of penny sweets.

In the years since 1913, the Arcade has seen many shops come and go. But it still remains a focal part of the local community.

While not granted official historical status, the arcade’s glass canopy and steep ironwork stanchions tell a story of a bygone era.

Built by a collective of local shopkeepers at the time, the Edwardian shopping arcade brought local traders together and protected customers from the elements whilst offering an attractive shop front at the same time. Try MEN Premium for FREE by clicking here for no ads, fun puzzles and brilliant new features While the Arcade still stands today, it was very nearly gone altogether until a group of residents rallied together to save the landmark from ruin.

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