Pubs of Manchester

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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Royal George, Rochdale Road

Royal George Inn, Rochdale Road, early 1960s. (c) Bob Potts [1].

The Royal George Inn stood at the bottom of Rochdale Road on the fringe of the city centre. It was a Chesters house on the corner of Kenwright Street for most of its life, as seen here twice in 1958. However, for its latter years the Royal George stood on the corner of Kenyon Street - as per the renamed street - as a Whitbread boozer.

Royal George Inn, Rochdale Road. (c) Manchester Local Image Collection. Click here to view full image [2].

After the CIS building was erected on Miller Street in 1962, the tower loomed over the Royal George as seen in this 1971 photo. At some point in the 1980s, I guess, the Royal George was demolished and eventually a new build replaced it. This itself was knocked down in about 2012 as part of the Co-Op's creeping expansion into this part of town.

Former location of Royal George, Rochdale Road, 2008. (c) Google 2015. View Larger Map.

This forgotten pub stands closer to town than the popular Marble Arch and Angel (former Beer House, below) beer Meccas, standing as it did at No.17 Rochdale Road. The Royal George dates back to 1846 and sold ale from the Beaumont & Heathcote brewery of Chorlton-on-Medlock [1]. 

Beer House, Angel Street, 2008. (c) Google 2015. View Larger Map.

The Royal George passed to Chesters in 1899 and was nicknamed the 'Little George' [1], probably because there was another (presumably bigger) George almost directly across the road on the corner of Addington Street.

Former location of Royal George, Rochdale Road, 2011. (c) Google 2015. View Larger Map.

1. The Old Pubs of Rochdale Road and neighbourhood Manchester, Bob Potts (1985).


  1. A pity. I was only talking the other day how well it probably could do these days given the business that the Marble and Angel do.

  2. In its later years it was a right old dump thought.

  3. Thanks for the information. I was trying to work out the location where this pub stood. My Grandad was born here- his parents were the licencees around the time of the 1st world war.