The Bridge Inn used to stand on the Sale side of the River Mersey on Cross Street. It was set back a bit from the main road, as seen here in 1907, and was just on the Cheshire border. This was important back in the day as it meant that drinkers from Stretford (i.e. Lancashire) could enjoy en extra half an hours' boozing, as last orders were 11pm in Cheshire rather than 10.30pm. Confusingly though, the Bridge Inn used to listed as Stretford, and a 'County Palatine of Lancaster' stone used to be to the left of the pub.
Bridge Inn, Cross Street. (c) Trafford Council. Click here to view full image .
The Bridge was a grand looking Chesters house but was unfortunately prone to flooding, the landlord often being banished to the upper floors of the pub when the banks broke, as mentioned here . The construction of Sale Water Park has alleviated flooding concerns around here nowadays. When the Bridge Inn was knocked down in the late-1980s, the Crossfords, a Greenalls 'plastic' pub, was built to take its place, named after the bridge that still crosses the Mersey today. This low-rise boozer didn't last long and was replaced by TGI Friday's which was built in 1997.
Former location of Bridge Inn, Cross Street. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.