Pubs of Manchester

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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Royal Oak, Downing Street

Royal Oak, Downing Street. (c) Alan Gall [1].

Seen here in 1959, the Royal Oak was a Manchester Brewery house on the corner of Downing Street and Tipping Street, the western part of which was once known as Medlock Street [1].  The Royal Oak was once advertised as 'A "Royal" Card' with 'Royal Beer & Big Jumbo', 'Royal Ale - For for a King'.  Not sure what Big Jumbo is?  The advert also carried a picture of a rare glimpse of the inside of the pub, the smoke room [1].

Royal Oak, Downing Street. (c) Alan Gall [1].

This approach to the city centre, crossing the snaking River Medlock, was heavily industrialised in the 1850s with the Ardwick Bridge Chemical Works to the west (laboratory on the left, above), and the Ardwick Print Works to the north and south of the Royal Oak.  The site of the old pub is this little car park beneath the Mancunian Way behind the billboard, which is sometimes used as a skate park.

Former location of Royal Oak, Downing Street. (c) Google 2012. View Larger Map.

1. Manchester Breweries of times gone by, Alan Gall (year unknown).
2. Manchester (London Road) 1849, Alan Godfrey Maps (2009).

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