Pubs of Manchester

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

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Lion & Lamb / Old White Lion, Lion Street

Lion & Lamb, Lion Street, Blackley. (c) Roger Hall [1].

The first Lion & Lamb in Blackley was situated some distance from the last Lion & Lamb, which was known in more recent times as the Wrecker (and Mariner). The original pub was on the corner of Market Street and Lion Street in Blackley village centre, facing the still-serving Holt's boozer, the Golden Lion. Originally known as the Old White Lion, it was built in 1746 on the site of an even older White Lion. This means the Lion & Lamb dates back to the at least the early seventeenth century -  mentioned in the recognizances of 1629 - and probably the village itself. 

The Old White Lion, which was rebuilt 12 years after its neighbour, the Golden Lion opened, gave name to the New White Lion on Middleton Old Road, as the landlord moved from old to new in 1809. The pub appears to have been renamed the Lion & Lamb in the late 1850s and it closed in 1927, the new Lion & Lamb over on Victoria Avenue opening the following day [1].  The Golden Lion outlasted its neighbouring Lion and the replacement pub!

Former location of Lion & Lamb / Old White Lion, Lion Street. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

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

Airport Hotel, Liverpool Road

Airport Hotel, Liverpool Road, Barton, Eccles. (c) Tony Flynn [1].

The Airport Hotel opened in 1931 to cater for passengers using Barton Aerodrome, then a busy airport which had opened in 1930 as the country's first municipal airport. 

Airport Hotel, Liverpool Road. (c) Bryan Burton [2].

This converted farmhouse, previously known as Fox Hill Farm, almost didn't get off the ground when a local objection to the license claimed that pilots would use the pub before flying [1]. 

Airport Hotel, Liverpool Road. (c) City Airport & Heliport [3].

The Airport Hotel was owned by the directors of the Grand Hotel, Manchester, and it passed to Whitbread and Chesters before becoming more of a restaurant, although still offering residential accommodation [1].

Airport Hotel, Liverpool Road. (c) City Airport & Heliport [3].

The Airport Hotel was closed and knocked down at some point in the early 2000s.

Airport Hotel, Liverpool Road. (c) Wikipedia under Creative Commons.

Nothing much has been done with the site of the old Airport Hotel.

Former location of the Airport Hotel, Liverpool Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

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

Sunday, 3 August 2014

New Cross Inn / Halligans, Swinton Hall Road

New Cross Inn, Swinton Hall Road, Pendlebury. (c) Neil Richardson & Roger Hall [1].

The New Cross Inn on Swinton Hall Road Pendlebury was known locally as 'Halligans', named after Robert Halligan, the landlord back in 1933 and for many years after.  The beerhouse was in a row of cottages called Mount Pleasant which were built in 1849, and the boozer opened a few years later in 1856 [1].

New Cross, Swinton Hall Road. (c) Lizziesl Local History [2].

Earlier its life the New Cross was also nicknamed 'Crompton's Beerhouse' after owner Thomas Crompton, and it didn't fall into a brewer's hands until the Worsley Brewing Company took it over.  The New Cross Inn expanded into the next door house and in the 1970s the multi-roomed layout was knocked through.

Halligans, Swinton Hall Road. (c) deltrems at flickr.

Sadly, Halligans was knocked down in the early 2000s for the building of new (and inferior) flats.  The Jehovah's Witness church next door to Halligans, seen above on the left, indicates where the old New Cross Inn and Halligans stood until recently.

Former location of Halligans, Swinton Hall Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

The New Cross Inn is shown here in black and white courtesy of Lizzle Leak and the Salford Local History Library -

1. The Pubs of Swinton & Pendlebury (including Clifton and Newtown), Neil Richardson & Roger Hall (1980).

Staff of Life, Ashton Old Road

Staff of Life, Ashton Old Road, Openshaw. (c) Brian George at Memories of pubs from Manchester and Salford Facebook [1].

The Staff of Life in Openshaw was the next pub along Ashton Old Road after the Vulcan.  Like its neighbour over the road, the Malcolm, the Staff of Life has long been turned into a private house, but at least it was spared the wrecking ball unlike so many of the other 50-odd pubs that the Old Road once boasted.

Former Staff of Life, Ashton Old Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

Before it closed the Staff of Life was a Belhaven house but for most of its time had been owned by Wilsons.  These two photos from the archive show it as a Wilsons boozer.  It would have been a busy market pub, facing the New Smithfield Market, which replaced the old one in town in the Northern Quarter.

Former Staff of Life, Ashton Old Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

White Horse Hotel, Broom House Lane

White Horse Inn, Broom House Lane, Eccles. (c) Tony Flynn [1].

When the old White Horse (formerly the Shovel & Broom, Trafford Volunteer and Volunteer) was rebuilt by Robinsons Brewery, the grand-looking White Horse Hotel opened in 1935.  It dodged a bombing in 1941 during WWII but couldn't survive the M602 being built in 1969, and the estate-style White Horse was built to replace it, about 200 yards away on the Eccles-Salford border.  This pub itself, well known for being ran for years by Coronation Street's 'Liz McDonald', was reported to be at risk and is now closed awaiting conversion into a Sainsbury's supermarket.

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

White Horse / Volunteer / Trafford Volunteer / Shovel & Broom, Broom House Lane

White Horse, Broom House Lane, Gilda Brook, Eccles. (c) Tony Flynn [1].

The White Horse on Gilda Brook Road in Eccles is famous for being run by Bev Callard (aka Liz McDonald out of Coronation Street), but this estate-style pub has its roots in the Shovel & Broom, as far back as at least 1803.  On what was then Broom House Lane which ran through farmland, the pub was renamed the Trafford Volunteer in 1809, then the Volunteer a year later.  Ale was brewed on the premises in the mid-1800s and the pub, which was the White Horse from about 1825, became an Kays Atlas house.  When Robinsons of Stockport took over Kays and therefore the pub in 1929, they decided to rebuilt the White Horse and the new pub opened in 1935 [1].

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

Fox Inn, Old Market Street

Fox Inn, Old Market Street, Blackley. (c) Roger Hall [1].

The Fox is a standard Joseph Holt's house on Old Market Street in Blackley, but this isn't the original pub.  As pictured in Roger Hall's book (spot the outside urinal!) [1], the old Fox Inn was part of a row of cottages and may have been known as the Turf for a time, after the horses races which were hold on the fields behind Exchange Street.  The Fox Inn was licensed in 1860 and was bought by Holt's in 1875, and they built a new Fox when the cottages were demolished [1].

Fox Inn, Old Market Street, Blackley. (c) Roger Hall [1].

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

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Angel Inn, Chester Road

Angel Inn, Chester Road, Stretford. (c) Trafford Council. Click here to view full image [1].

This spot on Chester Road in Stretford has boasted a pub for well over two centuries.  Today the brilliantly-designed estate-style pub, the (Bass) Drum, sits sadly empty though still illuminated at night, apparently waiting for conversion into (or replacement by) a drive-through MacDonald's.  Before the Drum was the Angel Hotel, which was a replacement for the original pub.  The Angel Inn dates back to 1780 and the brew-pub was a popular stopping off point for stagecoaches on the way into Manchester [1]. 

Former location of the Angel Inn, Chester Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Travellers Call, Ashton Old Road

Travellers Call, Ashton Old Road, Beswick. (c) Manchester Local Image Collection. Click here to view full image [1].

The Travellers Call was a small, terraced Wilsons boozer with its vault opening out onto Ashton Old Road in Beswick.  The Travellers Call will have started out as a Wilsons beerhouse, as it isn't shown on the 1891 Town Plans (1:500), whereas the fully-licensed public house, the Grey Mare, next pub on the north side of the old road on the way out of town, is.

Former location of Travellers Call, Ashton Old Road. (c) Old Maps [2].

The Travellers Call is seen in this 1960s archive photo with the cafe next door still standing, suggesting that it may have been in front of where the army barracks are shown on the 1891 map.  This stretch of Ashton Old Road, where Alan Turing Way now bisects it it has been cleared of all the terraces.  These days the Cornerstone Centre doctor's surgery sits on the site of the old pub.

Former location of Travellers Call, Ashton Old Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Golden Lion, Wilmslow Road

Golden Lion, Wilmslow Road, Withington. (c) Jules Selbas at Closed Pubs [1].

The Golden Lion stood at 579 Wilmslow Road, the poor relation of the other two Lions in the area, the still-serving Red Lion and the sadly closed White Lion.  The Golden Lion was once a Hardy's Crown Ales then Tetley's house, as seen in a number of great archive photos from 1959, as a Hardy's house, then under Tetley's in 1970, 1972, and one from the rear, also in 1959.  The Golden Lion turned into one of the ubiquitous Mr Q's pubs in the early 2000s before closing in 2006, but I recall it having a brief spell as the Manor House.

Remains of the Golden Lion, Wilmslow Road. (c) Didsbury Action File.

The reaction of locals to the plan to build 48 apartments to replace the Golden Lion was "The People of Manchester Say Thank You For Yuppie Flats".  The pub was finally demolished in April 2009 and the sign still poking over the hoardings is all that remains of the Golden Lion.  Predictably, the company - Clarke-Lyons of Didsbury - who, in 2005, successfully lobbied the hapless Manchester City Council for permission to demolish the pub, did absolutely nothing with the land, bar fence it off in the ugliest way possible.

Former Golden Lion, Wilmslow Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.