Pubs of Manchester

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Moonrakers / St James, Phoebe Street

The Moonrakers was an Ordsall estate pub built by Greenall Whitley on Phoebe Street in 1977.  In the 1980s it was renamed St James but had closed by 1990.  Two years later Salford lost yet another of its estate pubs when it was demolished [1].  This Construction News article from 1993 details the plans at the time for £2.5m worth of housing to be built on the site of the Moonraker [2].  The article mentions Browfield Avenue, which is now a residential road just off Phoebe Street.  This suggests the pub sat to the east of the curve of Phoebe Street as shown in the googlemap below.

Former location of Moonrakers / St James, Phoebe Street, Ordsall. (c) Google 2011. View Larger Map.

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


  1. - try watching this at around 18:30 mark Moonrakers is featured

  2. Great find! That's a 3rd lost Salford pub/beerhouse immortalized thanks to Corrie, after the Amalgamated and the Red Cow. Any more in the Granada archives?