Pubs of Manchester

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Post Office, Hilton Street


Post Office, Hilton Street, Higher Broughton, 1952. (c) Neil Richardson [1].

Hilton Street in Higher Broughton boasts one of Salford's few surviving pubs, the Church, but lower down, on the corner with Fenney Street, stood the Post Office until 1978.  Today, looking at this corner, just off Bury New Road, you can see another survivor, the Dover, along Fenney Street.  The Post Office Inn beerhouse probably opened in the 1850s on the site of Higher Broughton's first ever post office.  By the 1890s, Hydes Brewery were leasing the beerhouse, followed by the Moss Side Brewery, then Walker & Homfrey in the 1920s [1].  It last owners were Tetley's, and below is an evocative 1980 photo of the pub two years after it closed, with the buildings that once housed the Post Office's regulars in ruins in the foreground as "regeneration" takes place.


Post Office, Hilton Street,  (c) Salford Pubs of the 70s at flickr [2].


1. Salford Pubs - Part Three: Including Cross Lane, Broad Street, Hanky Park, the Height, Brindleheath, Charlestown and Weaste, Neil Richardson (2003).
2. Salford Pubs of the 70s - www.flickr.com/photos/61756486@N05.

1 comment:

  1. My mother and her first husband ran this pub through the 1950's/early '60's.
    That picture of it in 1980 is truly pitiful and painful to look at.
    Like so much of Higher Broughton that was demolished in the mid to late 1970's, there was no thought from the council about destroying communities and ruining businesses in the process.

    One week the pubs are packed and trading nicely, the next they are almost empty and sat in a Ghost Town. The same could be said for The Papermakers Arms and The Sun Inn, all within a short walking distance of each other.

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