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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Kippax / Gibraltar, Grimshaw Lane

The Kippax, Grimshaw Lane, Newton Heath. (c) David Dixon at geograph under Creative Commons.

The Gibraltar is seen in these two 1964 photos as a Wilsons house on the corner of Bower Street and Grimshaw Lane, just off Oldham Road in Newton Heath.  Pictured more recently below in 1985 thanks to the ManMates Facebook page [1], it was still known as the Gibraltar until Manchester City moved from Moss Side to Bradford in 2003.  The landlord did what a number of pubs around the City of Manchester Stadium did, and changed its name to commemorate the development (or more likely, try to attract match day custom), to the Kippax (after the huge old terrace at Maine Road).

Gibraltar, Grimshaw Lane. (c) D.N. at ManMates Facebook [1].

Like the Church (Blue Moon), Birch Arms (Out of the Blue), Cricketers (The Stadium), Bradford (Guvnors) and Britannia (Summerbee's / Maine Road), the newly renamed Kippax did attract match day customers.  But now, also in common with these pubs, it's now closed down - having done so just before the most recent Manchester derby - City won 4-1 but the Kippax match day regulars will have had to toast the victory elsewhere.  Of the list above, only the old Cricketers/Stadium has survived, and that's as a curry house, though the Crossroads (The Manchester) and the Victoria (Eastlands Bar) are a couple of renamed survivors.

The Kippax, Grimshaw Lane. (c) Google 2013. View Larger Map.

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