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Friday, 28 June 2013

Weaste Hotel, Edward Avenue

Weaste Hotel, Edward Avenue, Weaste. (c) Caldecott Group.

Salford's latest pub closure, the Weaste Hotel was once a pub that five breweries tussled over in the early 20th century.  Joseph Holt's wanted to open their Weaste pub as the Falcon Hotel on Eccles New Road between Ariel Street and Falcon Street, or as the Dolphin Hotel on the corner of Liverpool Street and Ashley Street.  Groves & Whitnall earmarked the corner of Weaste Lane and Willows Road, while Threlfalls had in mind the corner of Weaste Lane and Liverpool Street.  Walkers & Homfray's Central Hotel would have been on the corner of Eccles New Road and Langworthy Road, and Kay's Atlas wanted to open the De Vere Hotel on Vere Street [1].           

Weaste Hote, Edward Avenue. (c) Salford Pubs of the 70s at flickr [2].

Believe it or not, the planning application process went on for 30 years but finally, by the late 1920s, the brewers agreed to come together in their efforts to gain licences in up-and-coming areas.  As a result Threlfalls' single application was granted, with the brewery stating that 1,615 recently built houses would benefit from their new Weaste Hotel.  It cost them the Bulls Head on Hampson Street and seven off licences around Salford but they finally built their new pub in 1930 [1].

Weaste Hotel, Edward Avenue, Weaste. (c) Caldecott Group.

The Weaste Hotel passed to Whitbread following brewery mergers and in 1984 they renovated the pub in Victorian style dark wood and converted the old club room upstairs into a function room.  Sadly, owners Admiral Tavern have freehold for the Weaste up for sale for £225,000 [3].  Following closure in April 2013, the loss of the Weaste may be partly due to the move of Salford Reds rugby club away from the area in 2012 to the new-build City of Salford Stadium at Barton.

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

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