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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Oaks Hotel, Barlow Moor Road

Oaks Hotel, Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy. (c) Manchester Local Image Collection. Click here to view full image [1].

Pictured in 1959, the Oaks Hotel on Barlow Moor Road, near to Princess Road, was built sometime after 1911.  Its heyday sounded like the 1950s, '60s and '70s when it was a popular drinking den and later disco venue with the likes of Peter Stringfellow DJing there.  The later '70s saw the pub used as post-punk venue with local bands like Slaughter & The Dogs and Ed Banger & the Nosebleeds (with the legendary Vini Reilly; The Durutti Column) playing there.  

Oaks, Barlow Moor Road. (c) Robin at Manchester District Music Archive [2].

Andrew Simpson at the Chorlton History site remembers the Oaks as a huge, rambling, multi-roomed building which sadly was usually empty apart from funeral parties from the nearby Southern Cemetery.  The Oaks closed in the early 1990s after a brief time as the Sports Bar and was demolished soon after [3].  These days a Premier Inn and its dull new-build pub, the Christie Fields, has replaced it.

Former location of Oaks Hotel, Barlow Moor Road. (c) Google 2013. View Larger Map.


  1. Played there in the 1960s with the Manchester Road Runners support band for Dave Dee Dozy Mick and Titch everybody well drun

  2. the oaks was not on the site of the premier inn but adjacent to it on the housing association building called great places.

  3. Saw The Adverts, Slaughter & The Dogs, Johnny Thunders, Little Bob Story band, Spider Mike King, Nosebleeds, Siouxsie and the Banshees all at the Oaks. Rob Gretton (Joy Division / Factory) DJ'd

    1. All who are responsible for the destruction of a building with such beauty should be flogged