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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Black Friar, Blackfriars Road / King Street

Black Friar, Blackfriars Road. (c) deltrems at flickr..

On the corner of Blackfriars Road and the Salford side of the inner ring road, Trinity Way, sits the firmly closed Boddies house, the Black Friar, also known as the Blackfriars Hotel for a time [1].  As the stone engraving states, the building dates from 1886 but originally the pub at this site was the Old School Inn [2].  The 1848 Ordnance Survey map shows that old School Inn on the corner on King Street, on the corner with Blossom Street [3], also seen below in 1949.

Black Friar, King Street. (c) robsue888 at flickr.

When Blackfriars Road was extended from Manchester right into Salford the road layouts around here began to change beyond all recognition, so when the current pub was built in 1886, it was now on the corner of Blackfriars, King Street and Blossom Street.  You can just make out the old Blossom Street sign on the side of the pub.  

Black Friar, Blackfriars Road. (c) a_marga at flickr.

In 1975 the Blackfriars Hotel was described as an attractive smoke-blackened building with "You may go further and fare worse" engraved on the front wall.  It had a bees and corn sheath coat of arms with the inscription "Black Friars Old School" - a nod to the old pub, or perhaps reference to an even older function of the building that once stood here?  The Boddington's bitter was so good in the Blackfriars Hotel that keg ale and lager was not even available [1].  

Black Friar, Blackfriars Road, 1989. (c) CAMRA [2].

By 1989, Trinity Way had been built and the pub had reverted back to the Black Friar, a Boddington's house, yet it remained a thriving community local despite the changes going on around it [2].  The pub remains a Grade II listed building with the exterior and interior listed in detail here [4], having closed not that many years ago.

Black Friar, Blackfriars Road. (c) googlemaps.

1. The Manchester Pub Guide, Manchester & Salford City Centres (1975).
2. Ales of Two Cities, Real Ale & Real Ale Pubs in Manchester and Salford, CAMRA (1989).
3. Salford Pubs - Part One: The Old Town, icluding Chapel Street, Greengate and the Adelphi, Neil Richardson (2003).


  1. Just knok it down its just ugly god why keep this crap up its eye sour and no use to any one so easy to blow it up or trash it to bits easy

  2. I'm looking for somebody to teach me English. You my friend seem like the right person for the job!

  3. My ancestor Thomas Crookall was innkeeper of a pub called the Blackfriars Inn during 1820s. He also had the Eagle Inn, Tuer St., off Oxford Road.

  4. My Grandfather and family lived here in 1939 and through the war. My mum used to tell me about her brothers and old sisters coming in after a night out and walking through the blackout.

  5. I wish I had a better picture of the pub.

    1. I worked next door to the black friar,even went for a drink after work. J.w.Jackman 1965.

  6. I used to meet my dad at the Blackfriars in the early seventies it was his local he loved it there.