Pubs of Manchester

All pubs within the city centre and beyond.
A history of Manchester's hundreds of lost pubs.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

167. Orion, Burton Road

Orion, Burton Road, Withington. (c) Gene Hunt at flickr under Creative Commons.

This was a quick visit as we diverted from the main road to try out a good old Holt's house that was new to most of us, bar our Irish chum who'd dodged taxes around here in the 1980s.  Back then it was a Whitbread house as Joseph Holt's only took the Orion in the 1990s [1]. Today it has the typical Holt's no-frills ale and atmosphere, and harks back to simpler times with its separate vault (with its own entrance) and lounge.  The Orion may have got its name from a landlord in the 1870s and '80s, John Norbury, who had served on HMS Orion, although the pub sign shows a 1930s warship [2].  Whatever the fine details of its history, the Orion is another throwback boozer and one to be celebrated.

Orion, Burton Road, Withington. (c) Gene Hunt at flickr under Creative Commons.


1 comment:

  1. My 3x gt grandfather John Norbury bought the land on Burton Road in 1869 and operated it as a beerhouse and stone-masons yard. He served on the HMS Orion in 1855 in the Crimea.