Pubs of Manchester

All pubs within the city centre and beyond.
A history of Manchester's hundreds of lost pubs.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Goldfinder, Oldham Road


Former Goldfinder, Oldham Road, Failsworth. (c) Rob Magee [1].

This brilliantly-named boozer stood on the corner of Croft Street and Oldham Road in Failsworth.  It can be traced back to 1853-4 when a Thomas Burgess opened the beerhouse, naming it after the Chester Gold Cup Winner which he'd just won big on at 50-1.  The Goldfinder was next to the huge Swedenborgia Chapel and over the road from the first Failsworth Co-Op.  Unfortunately, Burgess was a not a good beerhousekeeper, and many of his customers never paid for the beer, instead chalking up pints on the wall.  The Goldfinder is named in the 1860 census but then disappears from the records, so may be Failsworth's shortest-lived beerhouse, eventually becoming two houses [1].

Former location of Goldfinder, Oldham Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

1. Failsworth Pubs 1731-1995 and their licensees, Rob Magee (1995).

Woodman, Manchester Road

Woodman, Manchester Road, Hollinwood. (c) Dr Neil Clifton at geograph under Creative Commons.

The Woodman stood at No.684 Manchester Road in Hollinwood, just inside the M60 ring road.  Although the aerial shot on Google Maps shows the pub still standing, it closed a few years ago and has been demolished recently.

Woodman, Manchester Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

The Indian restaurant next door stands alone on this stretch of the A62, with JE Lees' Woodman Inn already a memory.  

 Former location of Woodman, Manchester Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

It was at the Woodman that the Failsworth Blues MCFC supporters club started up in 1978, the landlord and lady, Pat and Win Power, being the father of City's Paul Power [1].

Woodman Inn, Manchester Road. (c) Failsworth Blues [1].

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Bridgewater Hotel, Manchester Road

Bridgewater Hotel, Manchester Road, Hollinwood. (c) Alan Winfield with kind permission.

The Bridgewater stands today at the junction of Manchester Road and Chapel Road in Hollinwood, but this is the modern Joseph Holt's new-build, estate-style carvery pub.  The original Bridgewater Hotel was an old Holt's house on this same site at No.197 Manchester Road, as pictured above in the 1980s, with Chapel Road to the left.  It opened in 1854 and unfortunately, in the October of that year, a Horatio Mills died when he fell down the stairs of the newly opened pub [1].


Former location of Bridgewater Hotel, Manchester Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

1. www.curiousfox.com/vill100/Lancashire32350_1.html.

Kings Arms, Manchester Road

Kings Arms, Manchester Road, Hollinwood. (c) Alan Winfield with permission.

The Kings Arms stood on the A62 Manchester Road in Hollinwood, just north of the M60.  It was a Holt's house and is pictured above in December 1988.  The pub used to sell dregs for half price, a practice I can recall rumours of myself, but never had the pleasure of sampling.


The spot where the Kings Arms used to stand was on the east side of Manchester Road, just south of  Irving Street, with Cardigan Road to the rear.  Suspect it was the building of the M60 junction here that saw off the Kings Arms.


Former location of Kings Arms, Manchester Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Streetbridge Inn, Roman Road


Streetbridge Inn, Roman Road, Failsworth. (c) Rob Magee [1].

The Streetbridge Inn today is a 1980s estate-style pub on the Failsworth-Hollinwood border, but the original beerhouse dates a lot further back, to at least 1861, when it had been farmhouses.  The Streetbridge Inn was named after the Roman Road ("the street") and the bridge over the nearby canal.  The beerhouse was bought by Oldham Brewery in 1901, and by 1925 was hosting Manchester & District Whippet Club dog races out the back.  The Streetbridge got its full license in 1960 and so it remained until 1983 when Boddington's took over Oldham Brewery and decided to rebuilt the pub close by.  The original pub was demolished and became the car park for the new boozer [1].  Meanwhile, the Roman Road was tarmaced, the bridge was removed and the canal was filled in [2].

Streetbridge Inn, Roman Road. (c) Rob Magee [1].

1. Failsworth Pubs 1731-1995 and their licensee, Rob Magee (1985).
2. www.hollinwoodcanal.co.uk/gallery/gallery027.htm.

Barton Inn, Cawdor Street


Barton Inn, Cawdor Street, Eccles, 1995. (c) Alan Winfield with kind permission.

The Barton Inn stands on the corner of Adelaide Street at No.11 Cawdor Street in Eccles.  It can be traced back to 1887 when the license of the Southgate Inn in Pendlebury was transferred to two houses in Cawdor Street, which was converted into the Barton Inn [1].

Barton Inn, Cawdor Street. (c) rightmove.

By 1905 the Barton Inn was headquarters of the Springfield Football Club, which later became Eccles Borough A.F.C. [1].

Barton Inn, Cawdor Street, 1959. (c) Tony Flynn [1].

A full license was only granted to the Barton Inn in 1949 as a Threlfalls house, an in 1967 it passed to Whitbread as they took over Salford's Threlfalls Brewey.  It remained a Whitbread's Chester's house, offering Chesters and Boddies bitter in the mid-90s [2].

Barton Inn, Cawdor Street. (c) Eccles Express at geodruid.

The Barton Inn shut in the 2000s and remains closed despite being surrounded by flats and potential customers.

Barton Inn, Cawdor Street. (c) Kev Dol at panoramio under Creative Commons.

1. A History of the Pubs of Eccles, Tony Flynn (1980).

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Paul Pry, West Street


Paul Pry, West Street, Blackley. (c) Manchester Local Image Collection. Click here to view full image [1].

The Paul Pry beerhouse was tucked away on West Street off Crab Lane in Blackley, opening in 1830 after the Beer Act was passed.  Although beer was brewed on the premises, there were no beer pumps, so beer was brought in jugs from the cellar.  Walker & Homfrays took the Paul Pry in 1888, as seen in 1905, and just before the First World War, the licensee of the Old House at Home was also in charge at here.  The Paul Pry closed in 1923 and these days Blackley Cemetery covers the site [2].  

The name 'Paul Pry', of which there were several in the area including the one in Salford, comes from an 1825 play of the same name, and Mr Liston (of Liston's Bar and music hall fame), was depicted on several pub signs as Paul Pry - in this case, on a swinging sign in the pub's front garden.  This fact, and many many more, are from Roger Hall's excellent and readily available book, The Pubs of Blackley, published by the late Neil Richardson [2].

2. The Pubs of Blackley, Roger Hall (1980).

Queens Arms, Rochdale Road

Former location of Queens Arms, Rochdale Road, Collyhurst. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

Not to be confused with the Queens Arms (aka Gas Works Tavern), this Queens Arms stood at No. 213 Rochdale Road on the corner of Barlow Street (later Aston Street).  It was licensed after the Beer Act of 1830 and the beerhouse was lost when it was combined with the Kings Arms next door in the late nineteenth century [1].  This once bustling stretch of Rochdale Road has been stripped of most buildings and is an embarrassment to Manchester, like so many of the main roads leading into the city centre.

1. The Old Pubs of Rochdale Road and neighbourhood Manchester, Bob Potts (1985).

Waggon & Horses, Liverpool Road

Waggon & Horses, Liverpool Road, Patricroft, Eccles. (c) deltrems at flickr [1].

The original Waggon & Horses was first known as the Dog & Partridge and dates back to 1773.  After it was rebuilt in about 1856, as the building pictured above in 1991, it became a HQ for many local societies including the Patricroft Lancers FC, Barton Wheelers, the Peel Green Dahlia Society and the Peel Green Homing Society.  The new Waggon & Horses was a Hardy's Crown Brewery house until 1962, passing to Walkers of Warrington in 1961, and was a Tetley's pub [2] until it closed and was demolished in the early 2000s.  Since then a Netto supermarket has been built on the site of the old pub.

Former location of Waggon & Horses, Liverpool Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

2. A History of the Pubs of Eccles, Tony Flynn (1980).

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Mash & Air, Chorlton Street


Brew Britannia, Jessica Boak & Ray Bailey. (c) [1]. www.amazon.co.uk.

Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey's (aka Boak & Bailey) first book, Brew Britannia, is a highly readable account of the Strange Rebirth of British Beer.  It connects various groups who have all contributed - from eccentrics like the SPBW, the Firkin chain and CAMRA, to the floundering big breweries, and the modern-day 'craft brewers' who have rejuvenated many pubs, bars and off-licenses.  You can read reviews of it elsewhere (e.g. here, here and here), but it comes highly recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in beer, pubs and social history.

Mash & Air, Chorlton Street. (c) Boak & Bailey [2].

Manchester, of course, plays its role in the story, and one strange, short-lived bar (1996-2000) is featured.  In the mid-'90s, Oliver Peyton, London restauranteur, decided to expand north and in December '96 opened Mash & Air (Mash, the bar; Air, the restaurant upstairs) in an old warehouse on the corner of Canal Street and Chorlton Street.  The interior scheme was a futuristic white with a garish lime and orange theme... and revealing portholes [1,3].

Mash & Air, Chorlton Street. (c) Isometrix [3].

Peyton admitted the design was a reaction to the traditional nature of CAMRA and Firkin pubs, but like the latter, beer was brewed on site.  Mash & Air's space-age brewery was visible throughout the bar and restaurant, and could spit out 18,000 pints a week - none of it real ale though, with a bias towards lager.  Although Mash & Air closed in 2000 and ended up a comedy club, it lives on through the keg and bottle-only Meantime Brewery, as it was Alastair Hook who ran the bar's brewery [1].

Former Mash & Air, Chorlton Street, 2008. (c) p3 Property Consultants.

Pleasingly, there is still a review from Caroline Stacey in the Independent from January 1997 online [4], so before it gets lost in the ether, here is an extract:

Just before Christmas, Oliver Peyton, owner of two such London gaffs - the Atlantic Bar and Grill and Coast - opened Mash & Air in Manchester. Launches like this don't happen every month, or even year, here, yet a week after the opening junket, the number of customers was surprisingly sparse. Maybe Mancunians are harder to impress.

After all, there is civic pride and the tradition of dissent to uphold. And though eating lags well behind drinking, designer bars are two an Ecu in a city that's been transformed by EC funding. But, barely off the starting block, Mash & Air quickly impressed me. The design, by Australian Marc Newson, is in a similar Sixties-futurist mode to Coast. And it's beautiful. The large-windowed Victorian mill, in the middle of the gay quarter, is entered up steps and through glass doors with handles like jumbo orange taps. You arrive in a bar painted pistachio-meets-lime-green (even the floor), and furnished with Duplo for giants.

The name Mash & Air comes from stages in the brewing process, and a central well that appears to run from the top to the bottom of the building, visible through huge portholes, houses brewing equipment painted orange. When it's working, this brilliantly contemporary looking engine room - a canny tribute to a place that understands the attraction of manufacturing like no other - will pump out its own beer [4].