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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Cromford Club, Cromford Court

The Cromford Club was run by Paddy McGrath, an ex-boxer and friend to the famous - many sons of Manchester were his aquintance, from Matt Busby and his United players who wined and dined there, to Anthony H Wilson.  Cromford Court was just off Market Street, on the right as you walked down towards Deansgate, just past Pall Mall which is on your left.  Here is a photo looking into Cromford Court from Market Street in 1944, the Fatted Calf was off to the left.  The Cromford Club, seen here in the 1950s (you can just about see the sign above the arch), was one of Manchester's first late night venues in the early 1950s and was often difficult to get into, remaining a popular haunt for the stars until its closure and demolition due to the Arndale Centre's arrival in the mid '70s.


  1. I used to work for Jack McCall in the Northern Sporting Club as a waiter and one night he asked me to go down a few nights a week to work for Paddy after I finished at the Northern, No Problem Jack said I Wow what an eye-opener that was never saw so much money on the gambling tables, saw Cockney Bernie lose 14 grand one night Cops mixing with known villians it was all going on there What an education I got there.....GREAT

  2. Hi I have a membership Card for this club ( in my name as i was a member ) but at a later venue 10 Canal Street Manchester Membership card is dated febuary 1981
    Any comments on this would be appreciated I was then 35 years old ( now 68 ! ) Regards and Happy memories Vic

  3. Hello, thanks for the photo. Does anyone know anything about the Hadassiah Restaurant, which had an address in Cromford Court in 1952. It is possible that it was in a basement. I'm also looking for information about the Manchester County Forum which met there for talks etc.