Pubs of Manchester

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Sunday, 10 January 2010

Moulders Arms, Heyrod Street

Moulders Arms, Heyrod Street, 1920s. (c) Neil Richardson [1].

The Moulders Arms was a Tetley's house situated in the forgotten part of Manchester, behind Piccadilly station, on the corner of Heyrod Street and Betley Street, not far from where the new Piccadilly to Eastlands-Droylsden-Ashton tram line will go.  There are a couple of photos of the Moulders Arms from 1966 and the 1970s in the archives.

Moulders Arms, Heyrod Street. (c) Mick Burke / Frank Heaton [2].

In this book, Mick Burke describes the Moulders as "one of those places that never seemed to shut. Policemen used to drink in the back room, leaving a dogout to watch for the sergeant.  When he came round they smartened themselves up and went out on their beats! [1]."  The landlord during Mick Burke's time in the 1920s and '30s was John McDonough, who'd been Burke's platoon sergeant in B Company, 7th Platoon.

Moulders Arms, Heyrod Street, 2008. (c) BinaryApe at flickr.

The Moulders took its name from Hetherington's heavy engineering works that used to stand nearby.  Most of the houses on Heyrod Street were cleared long ago and by 1996, only the short row including the Moulders Arms was left.  Even now, a pleasing trace of it can be found, even if it is only a few of the old green and yellow tiles.  Gone but not forgotten - Alan Winfield snapped the Moulders before its demolition and it is shown at Pubs Galore [3].

1. The Old Pubs of Ancoats, Neil Richardson (1987).
2. Ancoats Lad, Mick Burke / Frank Heaton (1996).


  1. Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.


  2. Was run by an Irish couple in its latter years. Landlord was Mick Roache. Commonly known as 'Roaches'.