Commercial, Barlow Street, Beswick. (c) Manchester Local Image Collection. Click here to view full image .
The Commercial was a tiny Wilsons beerhouse on the corner of Harrold Street and Barlow Street in Beswick. This part of East Manchester has been swept away in the name of regeneration, but the former location of the old boozer can be worked out. Barlow Street, which is today known as Bell Crescent, ran at right angles to Grey Mare Lane and joined it opposite the market entrance. This puts the old Commercial, pictured here in 1963, precisely at the junction of Windcroft Close and Harvey Close in the new estate.
Former location of Commercial Barlow Street, Beswick. (c) Old Maps .