Pubs of Manchester

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Marlborough, Upper Moss Lane

Marlborough, Upper Moss Lane, Hulme. (c) Bob Potts [1].

The lower part of Upper Moss Lane is known as Rolls Crescent today (named, of course, after the Rolls Royce workshop that started the famous name off in Hulme).  Shown in 1965 at the archives, the Marlborough Arms stood on the corner with the short Lever Street and was a Manchester Brewery, Walker & Homfray and finally Wilsons house, when it closed in 1967 [1] before the first large-scale and ill-fated regenerated of Hulme.  Its location was roughly where Culmington Close is today.

1. The Old Pubs of Hulme and Chorlton-on-Medlock, Bob Potts (1997).


  1. Thanks for mentioning this pub! My gran lived here in the 1930s for a while - her Uncle Bill, William France, was the publican, and when he died, his wife Martha took over. My gran used to serve behind the bar with her cousin Winnie, in matching outfits, and it was there she first met her husband to be. He came in late one night after serving at a Masonic dinner, still wearing his white tie and tails, and her first thought was "He fancies himself!".
    Winnie played piano - they had a grand piano in the flat above the pub, which they must have winched in through that semi-circular window.

  2. My great great grandfather Joseph Holden and his wife Harriet Holden were the publicans here in around 1850. My great grandfather Arthur Holden (married Florence Painter) was also the publican at Cleveland Inn in Moss Side is around 1900. I would love to know more about my Holden family. If anyone knows anything else please contact me at