Pubs of Manchester

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Sunday, 8 May 2011

Spinners Arms, Oldfield Road

Spinners Arms, Oldfield Road, Salford, 1990. (c) deltrems at flickr.

On the corner of Oldfield Road and Canal Street, just off The Crescent, the Spinners Arms started life as the Navigation Inn in 1791, the year that the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal Company started work.  Although the canal wasn't completed until 1797 the pub did a roaring trade with thirsty navvies.  The pub was renamed the Spinners Arms when the Brotherton cotton mill opened nearby and by the early twentieth century it was owned by Taylor's Eagle Brewery.

Spinners Arms, Oldfield Road, Salford. (c) Mark Naylor at vimeo.

In the 1950s it was a Marstons house although the distinctive Taylor's eagle trademark could be seen in the windows until the 1980s.  However. a fire gutted the pub in 1986 and it was demolished in 1993.  It was on this corner that the Spinners Arms sat, and like so many of Manchester's lost pubs, has the ignominy of being nowt but a car park today.

Former location of Spinners Arms, Oldfield Road. (c) googlemaps.

1. Salford Pubs - Part Two: Including Islington, Ordsall Lane and Ordsall, Oldfield Road, Regent Road and Broughton, Neil Richardson (2003).


  1. My great uncle and aunt (Jim and Doris Taylor both rip)used to run it years ago in the 50's / 60's

    1. on the census for 1911 my grandfather is living there with his seven brothers and sisters my greatgrandfather thomas glennie worked for eagle brewery as a drayman the publican of the time was a henry wilkinson my grandfather was walter glennie born 1907,

  2. My grandparents Thomas and Ruth Glennie lived in the rooms above the Spinners Arms for several years. One night my uncles Doug and Walter took Harry Secombe home as he was looking for some place to stay while performing at the Hippodrome. Many years ago I met Harry in Toronto, asked him if he remembered and in fact he did. he lifted up his foot to show a navy clog, they had introduced him to Harry Bell a clog maker , he bought his first pair of clogs (lucky clogs) and there after always wore them at the theatre. He was unable to understand my grandfather who had a thick scotish accent and enjoyed his whiskey.