Some concerning news I've seen on the Manchester Evening News website about the Sir Ralph Abercromby (The Railway Arms) in the Deansgate area of Manchester which appears to be under threat from a development consortium including ex-Manchester United player Gary Neville.
Hope this doesn't happen as Bootle Street is one of the few area's of city centre Manchester which has some original charm and not become yet another identikit 1990's/2000's shop/bar/office/residential etc. redevelopment Manchester seems to sell its soul to have in abundance! Even without it's Life on Mars links this 200 year old pub has some interesting history with it being one of the last links to the Peterloo Massacre and it's plans to make it into a garden area as said on the MEN site don't really make any sense. The pubs landlords and Graham Donning, chair of CAMRA's Manchester Central branch could be good people to get in contact to and I'll try and do this at some point this week.
Unfortunately if Manchester City Council, the developers and 'other' vested interests get their way nothing will really stop them and surely there's other derelict areas of Manchester and the Salford borders which would get more out of this redevelopment than Bootle Street.
Worth remembering though, that the ACTUAL pub that starred as The Railway Arms in Life On Mars was The Angel Inn, Royton, Oldham. This was used for exterior shots (Series 1 Episode 4 I believe), while interiors were studio based.
Of course, The Railway Arms from Ashes To Ashes was The Horseshoe Inn, London.
When there is a general decline in the market for traditional pubs and they are closing left, right, and centre, why the hell would anyone seek to close down and demolish a successful pub to make way for gardens? All seems a bit suspect.
On the plus side though, the Life On Mars meet sounds good to me.
I'm going to say this once and once only Gene: Stay out of Camberwick Green!
Post by Charles Bronson on Apr 14, 2016 21:25:32 GMT
I will definately sign the petition Gene. Yes it is disgraceful, the way these big companies run roughshod ever anything in their way. I am a regular reader of the Local Camra magazine, which is put out for free in a lot of our local pubs here. They do great work, and are supposed to be the most effective consumer protection organistion in Europe. I hope some of the Manchester crowd get out and do somthing, to save this pub. Bronson.