Pubs of Manchester

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

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Royal Archer, Lower Broughton Road

Royal Archer, Lower Broughton Road. (c) Alan Winfield with kind permission [1].

The Royal Archer was on the same side as the Poets Corner, opposite it on the other side of Hough Lane.  It can be traced back to 1873 when a "large and handsome hotel" applied to take over the licence of the old Royal Archer on Chapel Street.  When the old pub was pulled down for the construction of Blackfriars Road, the new one opened as "quite an ornament to the neighbourhood... with dormer windows, stone mouldings... and ornamental railings [2]."  

Former location of Royal Archer, Broughton Road, Salford. (c) Google 2012. View Larger Map.

By 1920 the pub was owned by Hardy's Crown Brewery, and around this time the licensee was fined £10 for closing the public bar to save beer for the Buffalo Club during a local beer shortage.  Bass Charrington took the Royal Archer in the 1960s and finally the Centric and Gibbs Mew pub companies had it before it closed in 1997 [2].  Thankfully the Royal Archer was captured by Alan Winfield in 1995 before its demolition a couple of years later [1].

Royal Archer, Lower Broughton Road, Salford. (c) Neil Richardson [1].

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


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  2. Superb stuff, many of these pubs are shown for the first time in decades! These need documenting in a book.

  3. Thanks - I'm glad you liked them - feel free to borrow any for future entries - you can always add me to your links if you like?

  4. Will do both suggestions, many thanks. You've already made one old Red Lion, Bolton Street regular very happy.

    Sadly, your superb photos are also a record of the scandalous destruction of Salford's communities...