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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Sun Inn, Great Cheetham Street East

Sun Inn, Great Cheetham Street East, Higher Broughton. (c) Neil Richardson [1].

Just off Bury New Road on Great Cheetham Street East, the row of shops that once stood here was known as Sun Terrace and its datestone read 1853.  On the corner of Rigby Street, the grocers shop was granted a beer licence, so in the 1870s the Sun Inn was opened [1].  

Sun Inn, Great Cheetham Street East. (c) Salford Pubs of the 70s flickr [2].

The Sun was a Boddingtons house and survived as the shops and houses around it were demolished in the name of progress.  As can be seen above, ugly new high-rises were built, but only some of them appear to have survived, below.

Sun Inn, Great Cheetham Street East. (c) History of Rock and Roll [3].

Local beat poet John Cooper Clark was pictured outside the Sun Inn by the NME when he was guest singles reviewer in February 1979, not long before it was pulled down.

Former location of Sun Inn, Great Cheetham Street East, Higher Broughton. (c) Google 2012. View Larger Map.

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


  1. The ugly flats in the background of my picture have a fairly rich history of their own, starting life as something of a fashionable celebrity habitat. But while Nico and Alain Delon were moving onto Hulme's Crescents, Salford's superstar residents were of a slightly more homespun variety.
    The block in the foreground is Ascot Court where Jimmy Saville lived in the penthouse at flat 103. He also used the car-park to store his extensive bubble-car collection. Beyond Ascot Court we can just about make out the low-rise flats at Epsom Mews where Pat Phoenix lived at number 13.
    Incidentally, the second block is the sadly demolished Goodwood Court (are you spotting a theme?) and in the distance we can also see the similarly departed Hanover Court (which stood next to The House that Jack Built).

  2. this was my mum and dads pub in the 70s but unsure of dates,great memories,diane fone

  3. simon templer and Dorothy squiers also lived here

  4. Great Cheetham East has gone backwards at such a rate since I left the area in 1978, I can't believe it.

    I genuinely don't understand why that side of the road was demolished. This once proud side of Great Cheetham Street now resembles nothing more than a shanty town.
    Whoever gave the order raze it to the ground and then go on to build and develop what is there now should be given a stretch in the Big House.