Pubs of Manchester

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Red Lion / Raven Hotel, Chapel Street

Raven Hotel (left), Chapel Street, 1930s. (c) Neil Richardson [1].

On the site of the old bus station, and before that, the Exchange Station approach, the Red Lion sat at the bottom of Chapel Street on left as you looked up the road.  The Red Lion's licence was first recorded in 1742 and by 1840 had "a bar, parlours, dining room, a large club room, twenty beds, stabling for forty horses and two lock-up coach houses [1]."  With entrances on Victoria Bridge and Chapel Street, it was big hotel, renamed the Raven Hotel in the late 1860s when it was rebuilt, as shown above.

Former location of Red Lion / Raven Hotel, Chapel Street. (c) Adam B. at flickr.

By the 1930s, Boddingtons Brewery leased the hotel of owners, the London, Midland & Scottish Railway and when Salford Corporation acquired all the land between Cathedral Approach and Victoria Bridge Street for the building of the bus station, the Raven Hotel's licence was sold to Threllfalls Brewery.  They immediately transferred it to a beerhouse of theirs and the Raven was demolished [1].  The old site of the Red Lion / Raven Hotel is roughly where the car park sign is, below, looking from the bottom of Green Gate [2].

Former location of Red Lion / Raven Hotel, Chapel Street. (c) googlemaps.

1. Salford Pubs - Part One: The Old Town, including Chapel Street, Greengate and the Adelphi, Neil Richardson (2003).
2. Manchester Victoria 1849, Alan Godfrey Maps (2009).


  1. Thank you for creating this page, I have been looking for info about and a photo of this pub since discovering that a relation of mine was the publican according to the 1891 cencus.

  2. In the autumn of 1847, a meeting was held at the Red Lion Inn, Salford, for the purposes of establishing an amateur rowing club. The name ‘Nemesis’ was given to the club from a feeling of resentment existing at that time against the Chester oarsmen for some real or fancied ill-treatment on the part of the latter, towards the Manchester men.

  3. My great grandfather had The Raven hotel in approx. 1911. He dealt in horses too. His wife ,Minnie, ran the pub. I have a child's rocking chair that my grandma was tied into on the bar!