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Friday, 18 January 2013

Foresters Arms, Rochdale Road

Sandown Hotel, Rochdale Road, Harpurhey. (c) Google 2013. View Larger Map.

The old Foresters Arms still stands on the corner of Kingsbridge Road and Rochdale Road in Harpurhey, and the Walkers of Warrington & Falstaff Ales stonework can still be seen.  However, it's not been a pub for several decades, and is now a down-market hotel which sounds like it doubles up as a doss house.  These days it's known as the Sandown Hotel (read the terrible Trip Advisor reviews), but was previously Harper's Hotel.

Harpers Hotel, Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, 2006. (c) Brewery History.

The Foresters Arms opened as a beerhouse in the 1850s and a century later was granted its full licence.  It was probably around this time that the Foresters was given a facelift, absorbing the shop next door, as it upgraded from the Empress Brewery house shown below to the Walkers & Falstaff house shown in 19581968 and 1971 at the archives.  Before it closed as a pub, the Foresters was a Tetley house [1].

Foresters Arms, Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, 1930s. (c) Bob Pots [1].

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

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