Edgeley and Shaw Heath Stagger

Friday 19th May 2017

We start tonight at the Alexandra and below we see the Alexandra both in 1975 and today, but which is which? The trees in the older photo right have now gone and the cars are a little more modern but what else has changed?

Alexandra today Alexandra in 1975

Around the corner Royal Oak today Royal Oak in 1979 at the start of Castle Street we reach the Royal Oak. Back in 1979 the Royal Oak was in the hands of Wilson's Brewery from Newton Heath, Manchester. This is the first of many former Wilson's houses we will meet this evening.

A little along Prince Albert in 1979 Prince Albert today Castle Street, and on the next street corner, we come across the Prince Albert. This was also a Wilson's house back in 1979. For a time it was bereft of cask ale but back in 2012 it started to serves Marston's beers so is back in the real ale fold.

Next up,  Sir Robert Peel in 1979  Sir Robert Peel today again on the next street corner we see the Sir Robert Peel, known to generations of locals as the Bobby Peel. Back in 1979 it was another Wilson's house and presumably served real ale. This was unfortunately lacking until a year or so ago when thankfully cask ale returned, but not Wilsons!

Now for a bit Pineapple today Pineapple in 1979 of variety. Yes the Pineapple is still a Wilson's house, but this time in the middle of a row of shops and not a street corner! Unfortunately these days there is no real ale.

We are back to the norm, Jolly Crofter Jolly Crofter with the Jolly Crofter being yet another street corner establishment. Unfortunately it is difficult to determine whether this was yet another Wilsons house or not. Judging by the typeface used for the pub's name and size and shape of the end of brewery sign, it does appear to be a Wilsons house.

The Florist is evident Florist in 1912 Florist today in the 1912 postcard right, but there is no telling whether it is a Wilsons house or not. In today's photo it is evidently owned by Robinsons.

 

We now have an interesting array of photos of the Armoury. The initial photo (far left) has been dated as 1901 but the caption admits it could have be any time between 1895 and 1912. The middle photo is undated but the building has been rebuilt and/or modernised and looks closer to todays layout and now is obviously a Bells & Co. house. The third photo shows what the Armoury looks like today when it is firmly a Robinsons outlet.

Armoury around 1900 Armoury at an intermediate date Armoury today

The final photo from Ye Olde Vic in with its old name of Victoria Vaults Ye Olde Vic as is today yester-years took some tracking down because in days gone by Ye Olde Vic was known as the Victoria Vaults. The older photo is undated, but can't be that long ago as shown by the municipal flats which loom in background. Nowadays Ye Olde Vic is a multi-ale free house, whereas then it was yet again a Wilsons house.

 

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Edgeley and Shaw Heath

Timing

Pub Name

Address

Bus & Rail

Notes

7.30pm Starting point

Alexandra
195 Northgate Road
SK3 9NJ
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8:30pm Mid-point

Royal Oak
124 Castle Street
SK3 9AL
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Stockport
 

Followed by

Prince Albert
107 Castle Street
SK3 9AR
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Stockport
 
Sir Robert Peel
83 Castle Street
SK3 9AR
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Stockport
No real ale
Pineapple
50 Castle Street
SK3 9AD
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Stockport
No Real Ale
Jolly Crofter
15 Castle Street
SK3 9AB
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Stockport
No Real Ale
Florist
100 Shaw Heath
SK2 6QS
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Stockport
Closed
Armoury
31 Shaw Heath
SK3 8BD
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Stockport
 

Finishing at

Olde Vic
1 Chatham Street
SK3 9ED
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Stockport
 

 

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Updated 3rd May 2017