Phoenix Buffalo Vaults, Fleet Street. (c) Alan Godfrey Maps .
Over three years ago in the Admiral Collingwood entry it was speculated that many pubs and beerhouses must have been lost to the building of Manchester Central Station (GMEX, now Manchester Central again). This was indeed the case when the station was built between 1875 and 1880. Along with Great Mount Street, Trumpet Street, Lombard Street, Strand Street and Alport Town (a small square), Fleet Street boasted the Collingwood, King Billy and the wonderfully named Phoenix Buffalo Vaults.
The Phoenix Buffalo was on the corner of Lower Mosley Street and Fleet Street, next door to the King William IV Inn. The next nearest pub was then (and still is) the famous old Briton's Protection, and Fleet Street and the Vaults was on the right here, just about where the entrance to the underground car park is today.
Former location of Buffalo Phoenix Vaults, Lower Mosley Street. (c) Google 2013. View Larger Map.
1. Manchester (Oxford Street & Gaythorn) 1849, Alan Godfrey Maps (2010).