Visit Wesley Street in Southport for the most colourful shopkeepers and buildings in the Northwest... possibly the world!
With 22 independent shops and businesses, you are bound to find something special to suit your needs.
Fancy champagne and strawberry sausages for tea? A portrait to replace the awkward family one in the dining room? Traditional sweets to keep the kids quiet? A cheeky cake and coffee? We have everything down here from butchers, photographers, cafes, gifts, sweets, hairdressers, cakes, jewellery, books and the shopkeepers can tell you a tale or two... It is the oldest shopping street in Southport, after Lord Street, and is steeped in history.
Built in the 1840's originally as fishermen's cottages and lodging houses overlooking sandhills. These properties gradually converted into shops with living accommodation above and some of the shops still retain the old cast iron kitchen ranges complete with ovens. The first shops were mentioned in the first census of 1871 but were originally thought to have been converted around 1864. There was a hardware store and toy shop and the shops had inter-connecting doors and became a covered shopping emporium where customers could walk from shop to shop without getting rained upon.
In 2009, shopkeepers painted their buildings in Victorian pastel colours which gave the street a quaint look and was often compared to Ballamory. More recently, the shopkeepers have opted for a brighter palette which gives a whole new dimension and really stands out against the newly refurbished building on Tulketh street, occupied by sports direct and flannels.
So if you like shopping local, supporting independent trade plus enjoying a personal shopping and dining experience, we are the place to visit!
See you soon from The Wesley Street Traders.