Pubs of Manchester

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Locomotive / Smithfield, Ashton Old Road

Smithfield, Ashton Old Road, Openshaw. (c) Alan Winfield with permission.

The Locomotive was a huge Boddingtons pub on the corner of Cornwall Street and Ashton Old Road in Openshaw.  It is shown at the archives in two photos in the 1960s, and here in the 1970s.  The Locomotive was renamed the Smithfield - after the nearby wholesale markets - as shown above in 1992.

Locomotive, Ashton Old Road. (c) Gorton Tank [1].

The old Locomotive and Smithfield was demolished in 2003 [2] and nothing stands on this corner today.  Pubs either side of the this one on Ashton Old Road were the both-closed George and the Pack Horse.

Former location of Locomotive, Ashton Old Road. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.


  1. I recall it being said of the Locomotive in Opening Times "It has a sign saying 'Open All Day'. Despite this, it's usually shut". Incredible wipeout of pubs along that stretch of Ashton Old Road.

  2. Got a list of 49 that were open in the 1960s. Slowly working through it

  3. I used to work at b&s massey that was opposite the Locomotive . we used to go there for lunch every day ,they served the best pint of boddies I ever had.

  4. Hi does anyone know which pub used to be on the corner of Plane street and Greenacres Road Oldham in the 1960s.