|The English Lounge, 2015|
And I was reminded of this when Peter sent me his painting of the English Lounge on High Street.
Like Walter I had to think twice before I could place the pub and while I have yet to fall over the doorstep I remember it as the Hogshead, while there will be many more who knew it as the Wheat sheaf.
In time I will go looking for how far back I can track the Wheatsheaf. There was a pub by that name on High Street by 1844 although I rather think Peter’s building will date from later in the century.
And that will offer up a lot of nerdy fun crawling over the rate books, census material and old pictures to get an exact date for the building that now stands at 64-66 High Street.
|The Wheatsheaf, 1885|
In time we may also be able to discover who owned the hotel because back in 1911 Mrs Sarah Harris is listed as the manageress supervising a team of eight staff including a barmaid, two waitresses, a cook, chambermaid, general servant and two who were listed as “Boots.”
Sadly the census return for that April day in 1911 does not include the name of any residents who may have been staying in the eight roomed hotel.
|The Hogshead, 1996|
|The Wheatsheaf, 1959|
If I am honest I always groaned when I was told that was one of our Saturday destinations but quickly became mesmerized by all that was on offer and came away with lingering smell of cotton which pervaded the place.
Added to which there was something to admire in the old ironwork which fronted the shop
|The Wheatsheaf, 1970|
We shall see.
Painting; The English Lounge, High Street, © 2015 Peter Topping,
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Pictures, The Wheatsheaf, 1885, m50781, The Hoggshead, 1996, m81278 and the Wheatsheaf in 1959, H W Beaumont, m50783 and in 1970, A Dawson, m50784 , courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, http://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php?session=pass