Smiths Arms – Brick by Brick

14 Apr

To Steve Holland

I write a website called HistoryME about the social history of the people of Manchester and have been running a campaign backed by the local community and associations like the Victorian Society to try and save the oldest public house in the historic Ancoats area of Manchester and save it from the developers wrecking ball.

Unfortunately English Heritage who acknowledged the importance of the building, refused an application for listing, although we will be taking it to the Secretary of State, to try and over turn it.

However, I saw a program on BBC the other day called Brick by Brick: Rebuilding Our Past, presented by historian Dan Cruickshank and architect Charlie Luxton where they basically take down, move and rebuild historic Victorian buildings.

This program led me to think about looking at the  possibility of moving and rebuilding the historic Smiths Arms Public House. This has been done before in Manchester with two public houses: Sam Smiths owned Sinclairs Oyster Bar and the Nicholason’s owned Old Wellington, both of which have been moved twice before.

Hall St, Dudley and rebuilt at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley in 2009. Courtesy of Holland Contracting.

So it is to this respect that I have contacted you and having found your fantastic website, in particular your page entitled Brick by Brick Historical Building Relocation in which you took a building on Hall Street, Dudley and rebuilt it at Black Country Living Museum. Could this be done to the Smiths Arms I wondered, obviously if planning, funds were available.

I fully appreciate you cannot give a full estimate on the information I have given to you, but it would be amazingly helpful if you could give myself and the group of campaigners a rough idea of the costs involved and if you could a ball park figure how much the building would be to take down and rebuilt. It’s just so I can put forward this proposal as a possibility at the next campaign meeting.

Pictures and further details regarding the Smiths Arms can be found at this

Your sincerely



2 Responses to “Smiths Arms – Brick by Brick”

  1. Rik Hughes April 20, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    Good luck Parker. Hope you’re successful.

    Rik Hughes


    • historyme April 20, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      Many thanks Rik. You have to try I think.


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