Thursday, 19 January 2017

A debate and another lost Manchester pub

Now there has been some talk of what the next pubs book will be about.

The Royal George in 1858
Peter favours “The Pubs of Chorlton, Didsbury and Fallowfield” while one of the visitors to CAMRA’s Beer and Cider Festival at GMex thought that we should stray into Salford while the publican from Rochdale made a case for both her town and Burnley.

But being the historian I rather fancy “The Lost Pubs of Manchester” and just as I was outlining the case my old friend Andy Robertson sent over these two pictures of the Royal George on the corner of Lever Street and Faraday Street.

Andy is a regular contributor to the blog and has built up an impressive catalogue of pictures recording the changes to the city.

He tells me the Royal George was one of his haunts back in 1973 but with the passage of time the pub closed but the building is still there.

The building in 2017
So that is pretty much it.

But as Peter and I will be at the Beer and Cider Festival for the rest of the week as part of the launch for our book on Manchester Pubs I rather think there will be plenty of opportunities to discuss the next project.*

And before I forget, GMex is now officially the Manchester Central Convention Complex, which is a very long and grand name and one I know I will never remember.

So for me it will be GMex while for many others it will always be Central Railway Station, once a gateway to London and the Midlands and of course Chorlton, but that is another story.

Manchester Pubs is available  from 

Location; Manchester

Pictures, The Royal George, 1958, A Dawson m50433, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, and in 2017 from the collection of Andy Robertson

*A new book on Manchester Pubs,

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