The Ye Olde Rovers Return Inn stood on Shude Hill. It’s exact location has been sadly lost to history, but it was said to have been next to the Hen Market and the original Burgess Bedding factory. It was built shortly after the execution of Scottish freedom fighter and hero, Sir William Wallace at Smithfield in London in August 1305.
At some time in it’s long history, it became a licensed house, but this had ceased from 1924. After which it became a cafe and antique shop. The building was subsequently demolished by Manchester City Council in 1958.
In the 19th Century the building appears to have originally been part of the Withingreave Hall, once owned by William Hulme, the 17th Century philanthropist.
There is also suggestions that the building was built as a manor house for the Wythin Grave family, only becoming the Ye Old Rovers Return Inn, in the 19th Century.
The famous pub of the same name in Coronation Street was named after the Ye Olde Rovers Return Inn on Shudehill.
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