Pubs of Manchester

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Sunday, 23 January 2011

Jersey Lily, Jersey Street

Jersey Lily, Jersey Street, Ancoats, 1992. (c) Alan Winfield with permission.

The Jersey Lily estate pub was built in 1968 next to where an old Wilsons house, the Murrays Arms, once stood on the corner of Jersey Street and Kemp Street [2].  These days Kemp Street doesn't exist having been lost, first to the four storey council flats that popped up in the 1960s (as seen here and here) and then to more modern ones which again look doomed today.  The Jersey Lily was built to serve this council house development which included the huge but now condemned Ancoats high-rise flats on Wadeford Close, off Oldham Road.  The pub was named after the street on which it stood the and the sign depicts the 'Jersey Lily', the famous actress and lover of King Edward VII. 

Jersey Lily, Jersey Street. (c) The Manchester Pub Guide [1].

The Jersey Lily, popular with younger locals in the 1970s, was originally a Groves & Whitnall house, and in the '70s offered Greenall Whitley and Guinness [1]. By the time Alan Winfield visited in 1992, two Whitbread ales were on offer - Flowers Bitter and Boddingtons Bitter.  Judging from the old maps of Ancoats, Kemp Street was approximately where Jersey Street bends sharply left, so the Jersey Lily will have stood on the corner where there looks to be a pub-shaped gap.  I presume the second wave of council house building saw off the Jersey Lily in the late '90s as this canal guide from 1998 still refers to it.  

1. The Manchester Pub Guide, Manchester & Salford City Centres, Manchester Pub Surveys (1975).
2. The Old Pubs of Ancoats, Neil Richardson (1987).

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