Pubs of Manchester

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Drovers Inn, Ashton Old Road

Drovers Inn, Ashton Old Road, Openshaw. (c) Manchester Local Image Collection. Click here to view full image [1].

The Drovers Inn stood at No.853 Ashton Old Road on the corner with Bartlett Street, Openshaw.  It was a huge Chesters pub and since closing in the late '90s or early 2000s (auctioned off in 2003 for £129k), it's most recently been used as an obscure church.

Former Drovers Return, Ashton Old Road, 2007. (c) Alan Bowden at ManMates [2].

The Drovers was known locally as the 'Sheepshouters' and before it closed was renamed the Drovers Return, no doubt latching onto the tenuous Coronation Street link.

Former Drovers, Ashton Old Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

The Drovers Inn is seen here in 1960 (full marks for the roof sign apostrophe), and looking a little less grandiose in the 1970s.

Former Drovers, Ashton Old Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.

1 comment:

  1. It also had a spell as "Francs", a vaguely French theme pub which had a model of the top of the Eiffel Tower protruding from the roof!

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