Sunday, 1 January 2017

What Charles Dickens might have said about the book Manchester Pubs and New Years Day

Now it has to be pretty much a given that most people will be not be doing much on New Year’s Day.

You could of course go for a bracing walk, write an entry in the diary cousin Mary gave you for Christmas, or watch endless repeats of old TV comedies.

I suppose the walk will do you good, the diary entries will peter out in March and timeless comic classics are neither timeless nor classic on the 15th rerun.

So as Mr Dickens might have suggested why not settle down to a good book.

And in a bout of outrageous self promotion I will suggest the new book on Manchester Pubs, which hit the shelves in late December is a capital choice.

It is less a guide and more a series of stories of each of the 78 iconic pubs featuring original paintings by Peter Topping, a wealth of historical detail from me, ranging from the trivial to tales of mystery, dark deeds and more than a few odd encounters with Eric.

The 78 pubs are grouped in fifteen walks offering the adventurous an opportunity to discover the history of some of the most important parts of the city including the site of the Astley Arms which in 1821 was home to Mr Thomas Evans, who dispensed beer and cheer to all who fell into his pub.

Earlier in the year archaeologists discovered a fine set of objects including a stoneware bottle from J Moorhouse & Co, Hulme; a crockery set bearing the name of the Astley Arms and its first landlord, Thomas Evans and a glass bottle with the logo of a workman's arm.

You can order the book from and that is all you are getting for now.

But if you want to read about how the book came about just follow the link A new book on Manchester Pubs

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