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Saturday, 6 August 2016

Spread Eagle, Regent Road

Spread Eagle, Regent Road, Salford, 1984. (c) Simon Hall 1963-2016 [1].

The Spread Eagle started out as a beerhouse known as the Red, White and Blue on the corner of West Peel Street and Regent Road in Salford. Dating back to the 1840s, the beerhouse was taken over by Joseph Holt's Brewery in the 1860s, and was renamed the Regent Vaults [2].

Spread Eagle, Regent Road, Salford. (c) Salford Pubs of the 70s at flickr [3].

In 1904, Joseph Holt's, who owned the two shops next door, successfully applied to pulled the three houses down and build a new pub. Thanks to Holt's surrender of the licences of two other Salford beerhouses, they opened the Spread Eagle in 1905, a huge pub which towered over the area [2].  

Spread Eagle, Regent Road, 1970s. (c) Neil Richardson [3].

Regent Road was widened in the 1980s and instead of rebuilding the Spread Eagle in the estate pub style like Boddingtons did with the Wellington, they let the grand old pub be pulled down and transferred its licence to the Dukes Gate in Little Hulton [2].

Former location of Spread Eagle, Regent Road. (c) Google 2013. View Larger Map.

The Spread Eagle closed in September 1986, its corner relief sign of a golden 'spread' eagle standing on a barrel of 'XX' Holt's ale could be seen until the pub was pulled down [2] (and can be made out on the photos). These days an empty industrial unit which sits next to Johnstone's Paints marks the spot of the old Spread Eagle.

Spread Eagle, Regent Road. (c) Simon Hall 1963-2016 [1].

The Spread Eagle is shown here in glorious mid-'80s technicolor thanks to Simon Hall [1], who visited the pub on 14th January 1984 before a Crystal Palace match at Maine Road.

1. Simon Hall 1963-2016
3. Salford Pubs Part Two: Including Islington, Ordsall Lane and Ordsall, Oldfield Road, Regent Road and Broughton, Neil Richardson (2003).


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