Monday, 13 October 2008

Signs of the Times: Manchester

I came across this article on the BBC website section about Manchester Pub Signs and thought it was worth posting here. I must say that The Peveril of the Peak and the Lass O'Gowrie are two of my favourite pubs in Manchester. The image shows the Peveril of the Peak as painted by local landscape artist Liam Spencer. Who'd A Thowt It?

From The Sally Up Steps to the Who'd a Thowt It? – Greater Manchester can certainly lay claim to some of the strangest pub names in England. But what do they mean? And what’s your favourite? Pub signs have been part of the British landscape since the Romans landed on our shores and pub names often tell a little known story from the past.

The last hangman in Britain Albert Pierrepoint once ran a pub on Manchester Road in Hollinwood near Oldham called, ironically, Help the Poor Struggler. And did you know that Stalybridge alone arguably boasts the shortest pub name in England (Q Inn) as well as its longest (The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn)? Or that the Rain Bar is situated in a former umbrella factory? And does anyone remember The Gorilla in Hulme?

Pub names in Manchester:

Sally Up Steps (Bolton)
Eagle and Child (Bury)
Bird I’ Th’ Hand (Flixton)
Who’d a Thowt It? (Middleton)
Lass O’ Gowrie (Manchester)
The Dandy Cock Inn (Stockport)
Help The Poor Struggler (Hollinwood)
The Swan with Two Nicks (Little Bollington)
The Hinge Makers (Ashton-in-Makerfield)
The Letters Inn (Atherton)
The Sparking Clog (Radcliffe)

NB. some of the pubs listed have closed

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