Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Vine in Sale, the Ainscow Hotel on Trinity Way and a bit of a detective story

Now it started with a picture of the Vine on Washway Road, and ended with the Ainscow Hotel on Trinity Way in Salford.

The Vine, 2015
All of which makes perfect sense given that both are in a similar line of business but as ever the route from one to the other was a tad more complicated.

Andy took the pictures of the Vine recently on his latest excursion to record bits of our history.

What caught his attention was the fine lettering at roof level which contained not only the name of the pub but the Watson and Woodhead Brewery.

And that set me going.  The brewery was located between Bolton Street and Irwell Street just a short walk from Salford Station.  One source suggested that it operated from 1895-98 and it shows up on the OS map for 1894.

The Vine on Washway Road, 2015
All of which is muddied by the same source which suggested a date for the Vine of 1909.

At which point I am fully prepared for some one to help me out, especially given that the brewery appears to have continued until 1927.

And here I will fall back on Ainscow Hotel which records that “the building changed hands in 1927, becoming a jam factory for Mackie & Sons Fruit Preservers. 

In 1957 the building was occupied by Brown Brothers Auto Parts who would remain there until 1986. From then, this splendid testament to Northern industrialisation would lay barren – eventually falling into disrepair.


The Brewery, 1894
In restoring this famous landmark, we have sought to capture the character of the original building. 
We believe that it is simply too interesting to be allowed go to waste. 

As such, our guests will be able to enjoy some of the original features and architectural aesthetics that prove that ‘they don’t build them like that anymore’.

Having served as an industrial workplace for over a century, the Brown Brothers Building has played an important role in the working lives of tens of thousands of local people. 

In respect of this, we have worked with Salford City Council to recruit 75% of our staff from the local community in order to preserve this tradition.”

Now that it was I call a bit of a twisty journey but offers up some fascinating bits of our history.

Pictures; the Vine in Sale 2015, from the collection of Andy Robertson, and detail of Bolton Street from the 1894 OS of South Lancashire, courtesy of Digital Archives Associationhttp://www.digitalarchives.co.uk/

* The Ainscow Hotel, Trinity Way, Salford,M3 5EN http://theainscow.com/about.php

1 comment:

  1. James Prescot Joule,came from a brewing family.Their brewery was in the vicinity and boasted 13000 barrels.I wonder if this building has anything to do with them.Walker and Holmfreys also operated out of here once.

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