The Foresters – 745 Rochdale Rd – Harpurhey – Manchester – M9 5SB

23 Aug
Renamed the Harpers Hotel in this photograph from 2006.

The former Foresters. Renamed the Harpers Hotel in this photograph from 2006. Courtesy of J. Shaw.

The Foresters still stands on Rochdale Rd in Harpurhey, but the days as a bustling pub as part of the family-owned Peter Walker & Sons Ltd (Warrington & Burton-upon-Trent) are long gone.

The Queens Hotel on Rochdale in 1959 amongst the backdrop of destruction and again 2011 with the flat that were built soon after the demolition.

The Foresters Arms in 1959,  and (right) in 2011. Image courtesy of J. Shaw.

Today, The Foresters is now called the Sandown Hotel (formally Harper’s Hotel) and is a rare survivor on this stretch of Rochdale Road.

Unsympathetic demolitions swept through the area, like much of north Manchester in the 50s, 60s and the 1970s, with swathes of historic and community assets raised to the ground. Public houses would more than often be the last to go, but nevertheless, they went all the same. Sometimes replaced by quickly and poorly designed estate pubs. A famous example of which would be The Wellington pub on Clowes Street in Gorton, which doubled as the Jockey pub – Frank Gallagher’s local – on the notorious Chatworth Estate in Channel 4’s comedy drama Shameless.

The Wellington pub in 1972. Image courtesy of J. Shaw.

The Wellington pub in 1972. Image courtesy of J. Shaw.

The Wellington finally closed in March 2010 and has since been demolished along with hundreds of homes as part of Manchester City Council’s regeneration plan. 

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