Wednesday, 13 July 2016

On Liverpool Road pondering the fate of nu 31

Now I have often wondered the fate of number 31 Liverpool Road.

It was a place I often went into for the odd bar of chocolate and then it closed, and never reopened.

And so as you do I went looking into its history.  It looks to be a bit of infill which was built soon after 1794.

Back then this stretch of what was called Priestner Street looked out on an orchard  which boarded what os now Tonman Street.

In 1850 it was the home of Mr John Browning , furniture broker, and a full half century later was the residence of Miss Mary Ann Sturgess also a furniture broker but while she was there at the end of 1910 she had gone by the following April.

So I have to be content nu 29a which was occupied by the Dean family who lived in three rooms and the White Lion at the corner of Collier Street.

Here pulling the pints were Harry and Lena Dean who were assisted by three staff.  It was a big place with twelve rooms and was a direct contrast with the house on the other side of Collier Street which also sold beer but consisted of just three rooms into which were squeezed Mr and Mrs Williams their four children and Sarah Jane Ransefield their “domestic.”

All of which means I have strayed a bit from no 31 which I have discovered has a planning application in to turn it in to “an art gallery/shop at ground floor and a residential apartment on the first and second floors, including installation of new shop front and replacement of windows to the rear elevation and the first floor front elevation.”*

Pictures; Liverpool Road, 2016 from the collection of Andrew Simpson 

*Manchester City Council Planning, 109234/FO/2015/C1

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