Friday, 4 August 2017

Riverside House ....... a ghost sign and a walk along Irwell Street

So yesterday on a very indifferent grey day I decided to take myself off to Irwell Street.

On Irwell Street, 2016
It is easy enough to get to, you just wander down New Quay Street until you cross the river or alternatively turn off Trinity Way.

Now I on the other hand had wandered down Water Street on the Manchester side planning to use Princess Bridge and get some pictures of the river and by degree walk into Salford.

But the major new railway build put paid to that leaving me a few indifferent pictures of a building site and the decision to make the crossing at New Quay Street.

It is an area of the two cities which has and is undergoing great change, but the old Royal Veteran public house on Stanley Street is still there, although when I passed in 2011 it was all shut up and is now shrouded in scaffolding.

Looking down towards Irwell Street, 1968
There will of course be people who will be able to tell me about the pub’s history, but for now it is the ghost sign on the gable end which intrigues me.

It is faded but you can still read that it refers to Riverside House and that is the starter for ten for the competition to tell us what Riverside House was and what it did.

Does it refer to the pub building?  If so that may mean that the Royal Veteran shut up shop much earlier than I thought.

All of which means that unless someone knows it will have to a trawl of the directories to confirm what the building was when Mr T Brooks recorded it away in the distance in 1966.

Location; Salford

Pictures; the Royal Veteran, 2016 from the collection of Andrew Simpson, and looking down New Quay Street, 1968, T Brooks, m02350, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, http://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php?session=pass

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