Pubs of Manchester

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Miners Arms, Chapel Street

Miners Arms, Chapel Street, Hanky Park. (c) Sue Richardson, North Manchester CAMRA [1].

The Miners Arms beerhouse was on the corner of Heath Street and Chapel Street, first licensed in 1853, passing to Yates' Castle Brewery, Ardwick, by the start of the next century.  In 1914 the landlord was found guilty of selling ale to an under-14-year-old, who turned out to be just 9 years old!  A few years later and the landlady (previous landlord's daughter) was found guilty of serving the "long pull" (i.e. oversized measures).  The Miners Arms lasted until 1963 - another one that fell on Black Sunday (28/4/63; read more about it here thanks to Sue Richardson, wife of the late, great Neil) - after the compulsory purchase order, Ellor Street No.3, of 1959.

Miners Arms, Chapel Street, Hanky Park. (c) Neil Richardson [2].

The landlady of the Miners was quoted in the Salford City Reporter a few days before it closed for good: "I'm lucky if I can fill a table on weekdays, but they're very loyal on Saturday nights; some of them come a fivepenny bus ride to drink here again [2]."  She was talking about her old Hanky Park locals, who, by this time, had been displaced to areas like Lower Kersal and Little Hulton.  Of course, Chapel Street has long gone, and the street layout of Hanky Park was wiped away for the new Pendleton; the former location of the Miners Arms was roughly where the modern day Whitebeam Close and Broadwalk intersect.  This shot of that area typifies the terrible job Salford Council did of redevelopment:

Former location of Miners Arms, former Chapel Street. (c) Google 2013. View Larger Map.

2. Salford Pubs Part Three: including Cross Lane, Broad Street, Hanky Park, the Height, Brindleheath, Charlestown and Weaste, Neil Richardson (2003).

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