Pubs of Manchester

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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Park Inn, Mill Street

Park Inn, Mill Street, Bradford. (c) Manchester Local Image Collection. Click here to view full image [1].

The Park Inn is shown here on Mill Street, Bradford in 1903 in splendid isolation with the Bradford Colliery in the distance in the industrial smog.  By 1963 the Chesters house had a new neighbour and this photo taken through the entrance of Phillips Park explains the name of the pub.  By 1971 the Park Inn had passed to the hapless Whitbread and the pub lasted another two decades before being lost to the creation of the Alan Turing Way "East Manchester Intermediate Ring Road" in 1992 [2].

Park Inn (1), Mill Street. (c) What's Doing [2].

As well as the Park Inn (1, above), the Alexandra (2) and Navigation (3) were also lost during the changes as this part of Bradford was redeveloped into Eastlands.  Pete Ellis describes the Park Inn as a place of startling characters, a space to observe and listen in, drinking cold lager in small, crowded, animated rooms.  As Zulu came on the TV,  Terry the binman shouted: "Here we go lads, Beswick versus Moss Side [3]."  Opposite the Phillips Park gates these days is nothing but an advertising hoarding with the stadium car park behind.

Phillips Park, Bradford. (c) View Larger Map.

Former location of Park Inn, Mill Street. (c) Google 2013. View Larger Map.

2. What's Doing, CAMRA (January 1991).

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