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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Royal Oak, Altrincham Road

The Royal Oak was the first pub on the new Royal Oak estate in Bagluey, built by Wilsons in 1936.  Pictured in 1971 and shown here in the 1950s from the bowling green at the back, this huge boozer replaced an original 'Oke' seen in 1933.   It had stood here since the 16th century and became the Royal Oak after the restoration of Charles II.  The 1876-77 map below shows the original pub before the Wythenshawe estate encroached into Baguley.

Royal Oak, Altrincham Road, Baguley. (c) www.old-maps.co.uk/index.html.

The new Royal Oak was a classic inter-war estate pub with numerous rooms - saloon bar, refreshment room, ladies room, public bar and assembly room.  Healthier pursuits alongside drinking were encouraged with the bowling green and tennis courts to the rear, as seen on the 1938 map after the estate was built to the south of Altrincham Road.

Royal Oak, Altrincham Road, Baguley. (c) www.old-maps.co.uk/index.html.

There is a still a building offering refreshments of sorts to the Baguley community on the site of the Royal Oak, although sadly it's the cardboard, grease and fizzy pop of McDonald's.  It's debatable whether this ugly low rise building and its junk food fayre offers more to the locals than the lost Royal Oak.

Former location of Royal Oak, Altrincham Road. (c) Google 2012. View Larger Map.

4 comments:

  1. I lived in it as a boy. It was an amazing building!

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  2. I also lived there as a child. I loved exploring the unused rooms upstairs full of dust and cobwebs!

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  3. I also lived there as a child. I loved exploring the unused rooms upstairs full of dust and cobwebs!

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  4. does anybody remember Dave Burns, he used to collect glasses and went on to live with my sister Linda who was a barmaid in Royak Oak

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