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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Billy Greens, Talgarth Road

Billy Greens, Talgarth Road, Collyhurst. (c) John Consterdine / @MCRTaxiTours.

This North Manchester estate boozer gained notoriety after it was featured on Sky's Britain's Roughest Pubs in 2004.  To be fair, Billy Greens - one of the last of the Collyhurst pubs - was then portrayed as a meeting place for local and exiled gangsters, and Man United top lads and grafters.

Billy Greens, Talgarth Road, Collyhurst. (c) / Local Data Company.

From memory, the programme also confirmed that the beer offering was limited to the standard estate pub keg and smoothflow offerings.  Billy Greens only closed in 2012 having been up for sale for a good few years, but it's already showing signs of terminal decay with its roof having been half-stripped of slate by local entrepreneurs.

Billy Greens, Talgarth Road, Collyhurst. (c) All rights reserved jhezza at flickr (downloadable here).

Billy Greens was named after the man who use to run the Vauxhall Inn on nearby Sophia Street.  Green moved from the Vauxhall Inn to the new estate pub, the Vauxhall Hotel, which was soon renamed after the landlord [1].

1. The Old Pubs of Rochdale Road and neighbourhood Manchester, Bob Potts (1985).

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