Victoria, Hyde Road, Belle Vue, Gorton, 1991. (c) Simon Hall 1963-2016 www.transportfotos.com .
The Victoria was an old Chesters and Whitbread house on the corner of Hyde Road and Fenton Street, directly opposite Belle Vue Speedway stadium. This stadium, Hyde Road, was home to Manchester City FC until 1923, and was also, of course, part of the grand old Belle Vue Gardens.
Victoria, Hyde Road, Belle Vue. (c) D.N. at ManMates Facebook .
The Victoria is pictured in 1971 at the Manchester Local Image Archives, adjoined on both sides by houses which lost years in the intervening years. They probably fell victim to the ill-fated Hyde Road widening plans, which of course never materialised.
Victoria, Hyde Road, Belle Vue, Gorton. (c) Simon Hall 1963-2016 www.transportfotos.com .
The Victoria is shown here twice thanks to Simon Hall, and his pre-match pub crawl before the Manchester City vs Crystal Palace match in August 1991. The pub was still selling Chesters ale then, but was up for sale and I don't think it lasted much longer.
Former location of Victoria, Hyde Road. (c) Google 2013. View Larger Map.
1. Simon Hall 1963-2016 www.transportfotos.com.
This corner still stands empty although a some new build units and a cash & carry (where we used to park up for the speedway) were built set back from the main road.