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Friday, 29 January 2010

Yates's / Grapes / Yacht Club / Carrey's, Oldham Street (top)


Yates's, Oldham Street, 1991. (c) deltrems at flickr.

One of the three Yates's Wine Lodges that once graced Oldham Street, this was the largest, and is now the popular Frog & Bucket comedy club.  The four sets of double windows on both the Oldham Street and Great Ancoats Street sides used to offer views in and out of the two-floored pub.

Frog & Bucket, Oldham Street, 2009. (c) Frankie Roberto at flickr.

The Frog & Bucket actually started out on Newton Street in 1993, when the Britannia was reopened. A certain Peter Kay played at the "little Frog" before it moved to this larger venue.  The pub originally on this corner was the Grapes, appearing in the 1819 directory.  It became a Yates's Wine Lodge in the early 1900s as seen in this photo from the 1900s, but suffered a fire in the '60s, maybe '70s, not long after this picture was taken.  What was known as the Yacht Club was demolished and a new Grapes built, before it became a Yates's again [1].


Carrey's Wine Bar, Oldham Street. (c) Alan Winfield with permisson.

After its last stint as Yates's, it was Carrey's Wine Bar for a time in the mid '90s, as shown above.  An interesting photo below from the Ancoats Forever Facebook page shows the old Yates's [2].  I'm not sure what the crowds are for - perhaps waiting for opening time at the Crown & Kettle.
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Yates's Wine Lodge, Oldham Street. (c) Ancoats Forever Facebook.

1. The Old Pubs of Ancoats, Neil Richardson (1987).
2. www.facebook.com/groups/ancoatsforever.

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