Bury Archives new online service has furnished me with two photos of particular personal interest. Both of these featured pubs having been on my street. And that’s about as local as it gets.
There were several problems over the years. Not so much with the nearby gypsy site (the guy in charge was called a gypsy warden, so they were indeed officially gypsies), but rather “travellers” who invariably got barred. After one such incident, a group returned intent on revenge and smashed all the windows and assaulted the landlord. As some of the locals were a bit handy, a mini-riot soon ensued and necessitated a call out by the police tactical aid unit.
Ah, those were the days. Sadly, though, that seemed to do for the Fernhill, and it gradually declined and subsequently closed. The building still stands, however, and is now a community centre.
The second pub is more of a mystery. The Spread Eagle looks a big street corner boozer. It features in the 1871 census and this picture shows it circa 1952. But it must have been shut by the 60s’ as none of the old soaks round here remember it. From the signage it can be seen that it was a Walker & Homfray’s pub. W&H were a Salford brewery who later merged with the more famous Wilsons brewery.