Wilton Arms, Mill Brow, Blackley. (c) Roger Hall .
The Wilton Arms opened on Mill Brow in the 1830s after the Beerhouse Act, one of Blackley's first beerhouses. It was named after the Earl of Wilton who owned land in Blackley village and the smithy who ran the Wilton Arms was a tenant of the Earl. By the 1870s, Boardman's Brewery of Cheetham Hill owned the beerhouse and they rebuilt it as part of a terrace and it also had a billiards license.
Wilton Arms, Mill Brow. (c) Roger Hall .
Cornbrook Brewery had the Wilton Arms by the start of the new century and it passed to Bass Charrington before demolition in the early 1970s. The demolition was ordered due to a traffic scheme which never materialised. The former location of the Wilton Arms is just to the east of the still-standing but closed Millstone (in the distance, below), opposite the looming Hexagon Tower, a science and technology site.
Former location of Wilton Arms, Mill Brow. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.
1. The Pubs of Blackley, Roger Hall (1980).