Crown & Cushion, Corporation Street, 1990. (c) deltrems at flickr.
Rumour has reached us that one of Manchester's oldest pubs, the Crown & Cushion at the top end of Corporation Street in Angel Meadow, may be in its final year. It's believed that the the Co-Operative Group, who own much of this part of Corporation Street, have purchased the pub from Manchester's most responsible family brewery, Joseph Holt Ltd., and it will be pulled in January 2011 (rumours of the last day being 5th January) . Plans are afoot to divert the ring road slightly north through this part of Angel Meadow, forming a new Head Office complex for the famously ethical Co-Op. This video renders the redeveloped area without a Crown & Cushion, and presumably the Ducie Bridge and New Century Hall is also marked for demolition?
The campaign to save one of our classic city centre boozers - and what is probably Manchester's oldest licensed premises - starts here.