Pubs of Manchester

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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Fire Engine, (George) Leigh Street

The Fire Engine was owned by a famous local boxer, Isaac Perrins, who retired from the sport after losing to the English champion, Tom Johnson in 1789.  Perrins went on to be the "Inspector of Engines and Conductor of Firemen", hence the name of his boozer.  After he died in 1801 the pub became the Red Lion, before being demolished for the building of Victoria Square [1].  It was on the corner of George Leigh Street (then just Leigh Street) and Sherratt (Spittall) Street.

Former location of Fire Engine, George Leigh Street, Ancoats. (c) Google 2010. View Larger Map.

1. The Old Pubs of Ancoats, Neil Richardson (1987).


  1. I am seeking information on The Fire Engine pub in Oldham in the 1950s. It was managed by the grandmother of a friend, her name was Rainford (second marriage and formerly Wild ) I would love to know if it is still there, unlikely I know! Elizabeth Harri

  2. Not got any info on Oldham pubs yet I'm afraid, you could try this book, only a fiver:

    "Inns and Alehouses of Oldham 1714-1992" (R. Magree)
    Includes 134 pubs and their history, photographs or drawings for 88 pubs, room plans of 14 pubs. Also a street plan of Oldham & a list of licensees for each dating from 1700s.