Friday, 12 October 2018

Looking for a story in the Eagle Inn on Collier Street ................. another Salford pub

Now Collier Street is one of those typical inner city streets.

The Eagle Inn, 2011
It is narrow, doesn’t really seem to lead anywhere, and apart from the Eagle Inn and some undistinguished retail units there isn’t much there.

The last time I visited the place the old Greengate Baths were looking even more forlorn and derelict.

The baths had opened in the August of 1856, closed just twenty four years later and then for a century it did the business as a warehouse.

But since 1990 the building has been doing nothing save slowly deteriorating year by year.

All of which is a contrast to what Collier Street had once been.  By the 1840s the east side consisted of a row of terraced houses running up from Queen Street to Greengate, while part of the opposite side was a mix of houses with tiny courts behind leaving the rest of that side dominated by part of the Salford Union Workhouse.

The street directories of the time wrote the place off, listing just a few of the residents.

Collier Street, 1849
The British Rolla public house did get a mention.  It stood on the corner of Collier and Rolla Street.

It was still there a full half century later although by then the baths, the Roman Catholic school and St Peter’s Church had replaced the workhouse.

But sometime between 1894 and 1895 it shut up shop or at least falls out of favour with the street directories and is no longer listed.  That said nature abhors a vacuum and across the road at number 19 Collier Street a Mr John Stone is brewing and selling his beer.

And that nicely brings me back to the Eagle, which some sources suggest was open for business by 1902.

Of course to check that out will involve a trawl of the licensing records.

So for now I will content myself with saying that Mr Stone was there at 19 Collier Street from at least 1891 and was still there pulling pints with his wife Selina two decades later.  By then they had been married for 29 years and had nine children who ranged in age from 28 down to eight, all living in a property consisting of just five rooms.

I wonder how his trade fared.  The majority of those in Collier Street were labourers, with a washerwoman, cleaner and shoe maker and some were bringing up families in just one room.

But that as they say is another story.

What would be nice would be to track down Mr and Mrs Stone's family and show them Peter's fine painting of their old pub.

Location; Salford

Painting; the Eagle Inn, Salford © 2011 Peter Topping 


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Map; Collier Street, 1949 from the OS Manchester & Salford, 1849, courtesy of Digital Archives Association,

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