Pubs of Manchester

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Monday, 5 May 2014

Crown & Volunteer, Church Street


Crown & Volunteer, Church Street, Eccles, 1990. (c) deltrems at flickr [1].

The Crown & Volunteer was a Joseph Holt's house that was rebuilt in 1938 to replace the original pub which had been demolished a year earlier.  The pub dates back to 1869 and in the 1880s was headquarters of the exciting-sounding Eccles Linnean Botanical Society, and Eccles Harriers would start their 6-mile opening run of the season at the Crown & Volunteer.

Crown & Volunteer, Church Street, 1978. (c) Tony Flynn [2].

The Crown & Volunteer was described as a small and lively house in the 1980s, with a smart lounge and basic bar.  Sadly the Crown & Volunteer closed in the mid-late 2000s and has been converted to a business premises, which itself were last seen up for sale.

Former Crown & Volunteer, Church Street. (c) WT Gunson.

The inside of the old Crown & Volunteer remains remarkably pub-like, despite the IAS Services office layout, with its old wooden and etched glass doors and bar areas retained.

Inside the former Crown & Volunteer, Church Street. (c) WT Gunson.

1. A History of the Pubs of Eccles, Tony Flynn (1982).

1 comment:

  1. Spent many a youthful evening in here having abandoned the Duke of York for more Holt delights. This was just such a good boozer with a great local feel and a good pint of Joeys. A sad loss.

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