The New Inn – Droylsden

New Inn 121-137 Greenside Lane Droylsden Manchester M43 7UT

It’s the 1830’s and Droylsden consist of farms, a smattering of industry and little else.

Greenside Lane has a farm, appropriately named Greenside Farm.

Where at some point in the 1930’s a pub appears – the appropriately named New Inn.

This such an anomaly in this setting, an architectural style more commonly found on the coast, the Seaside Moderne of Morecambe’s Midland Hotel, or Bexhill’s De la Warr Pavilion.

A streamlined ocean liner of a boozer, truly Tameside Moderne.

For the new housing in the area.

Air like Blackpool – and pub architecture to match!

I discovered on Carl Flaherty’s Flickr post some of the pub’s deep history.

My parents were the first licensees of the New Inn, I was six months old when we moved in, that was in 1936. It was always very busy even more so during WW2, the Home Guard put an old Lewis Gun on the roof which bought down the ceiling when they fired, crazy.

The roof used to have heaps of shrapnel after the bombing raids, the cellar was used as an air-raid shelter until the government built one for each home. We had a German fighter pilot housed in the cellar till the regular army came and took him away, he’d been shot down over Daisy Nook. We moved to Gatley in late 1949 and came to Australia in 1956. I remember the New Inn and Droylsden with fondness,the people were so friendly all the time.

I had a stack of those old photographs of the inside as it was then the Lewis gun and Karl -the pilot, plus ones of George Formby who was a mate of Dads he had a pinky red coloured Bentley which he used to park in the yard on the left of the pub. When I was in the army I was for a while in Germany I visited the pilot Karl Lehmann he lived in Hamburg, strange days mate.

John Leigh.

Copyright Gerald England – Geograph UK

George had a passion for the Rolls and Jag – but it seems he also had a pinkish 1939 Mercury Eight Series 99A Estate during the war years.

Commissioned by Sir Malcolm Campbell and later owned by George Formby.

Sold for £29,812

The pub now closed is currently mixed use – apartments and retail, some detail has survived though as with many other examples, the victim of replacement uPVC and re-rendering.

Take a look.

BT Building – Stoke on Trent

Lytton Street Stoke on Trent Staffordshire

Almost not quite in the shadow of nearby neighbour the Hanley Tower, this little gem sits tucked away by the side of Queensway, minding its very own business.

The business of telecommunications.

Just a short walk from the railway station let’s take a look.

tameside moderne

This is a selection of twentieth century buildings from around Tameside.

Concrete Totem Dale Street East Ashton

Tameside Hippodrome Oldham Road Ashton

Originally opened on 21st November 1904

Architects: JJ Alley Francis Edison Drury Joseph and G Gomersall

Pavilion Cinema Old Street Ashton

The Picture Pavilion opened on 21st December 1908

Architects: JJ Alley Francis Edison Drury Joseph and G Gomersall

Metro Cinema Old Street Ashton

Opened 22 April 1920 

Architects: Arnold England

Ladysmith Car Park Gas Street Ashton

Burton’s  Stamford Street Ashton

BT Exchange  England Street Ashton

Beanland House #2 Hartshead Avenue Ashton

Beanland House #2 Gambrel Bank Road Ashton

St Christophers RC  Lees Road Ashton

Architect: Francis A Kerr 1955

Waterloo Methodist Church Vale Street Ashton

Architects: JC Prestwich and Son 1968

St Marys RC Market Street Denton

Architects: Walter Stirrup & Sons job architect Kevin Houghton 1963

BT Exchange Manchester Road Denton

Substation Ashworth Street Denton

TSB Clock Ashton Road Denton

Factory  Windmill Lane Denton

Architects: Taylor Young and Partners 1959

Concord Suite Manchester Road Droylsden

New Inn Greenside Lane Droylsden

St Stephens RC Chappell Road Droylsden

Garden Village Broadway Fairfield

Architects: Edgar Wood and James Henry Sellers 1914-1920

Princess Cinema King Street Dukinfield 1913

Housing King Street Dukinfield

Odeon – St Pauls Church Stockport Road Guide Bridge

Architects Drury & Gomersall 1936

Festival of Britain Mural Hyde Town Hall

Artist: Harry Rutherford 1951

Theatre Royal – Masjid At Tawheed Corporation Street Hyde

Architects: Campell & Horsley 1902

Co-operative Store Market Street Hyde

NatWest Bank Market Street Hyde

Martins – Barclays Bank Market Street Hyde 1965

BT Exchange Water Street Hyde

Indoor Market  Market Street Hyde

Indoor Market Clarendon Street Hyde

Supermarket Sign Borough Arcade Hyde

Jobcentre New Beech Street Hyde

Astoria Cinema New Beech Street Hyde 1914

Kerry Foods Ltd Godley Hill Rd

Bus Shelter Wakefield Road Heyrod

St Josephs RC Curzon Street Mossley

Architects: Desmond Williams & Associates 1965

Substation Market Street Mossley

Old Post Office Manchester Road Mossley

Substation Mill Street Mossley

Palace Cinema Stamford Street Stalybridge 1913

Labour Exchange Queen Street Stalybridge

Clinic Waterloo Road Stalybridge

Shopping Precinct Melbourne Street Stalybridge

BT Exchange Corporation Street Stalybridge

Methodist Church High Street Stalybridge

Architects: HG Briggs 1966

St Raphaels RC Huddersfield Road Stalybridge

Architects: Massey & Massey 1961

BT Telephone Exchange – Ashton under Lyne

BT Roundabout OL6 6QQ

In 1913 Ashton is already a crowded town, a cotton town.

The first telephone exchange arrives and sweeps away property at the junction of Scotland and Bedford Streets.

The second arrives along with the bypass and establishes a roundabout, an island of telecommunication.

Tameside Image Archive

There they sit betwixt St Michael’s Parish Church and Albion Congregational.

A marriage of inter-war brick Revivalism and post-war concrete Brutalism.

Ninety nine point nine percent of the passing parade pass by onto the bypass by car, I took time to circumnavigate the site on foot.

This is what I saw.

Concrete Totem – Ashton under Lyne

Dale Street East OL6 7ST – behind the Safe Start.

Formerly the Friendship – which suddenly became surplus to requirements, when the Old Street area was redeveloped, and the adjacent Magistrates Courts built.

So far so good, these are the facts we are located.

In an unfamiliar street, in an unfamiliar town.

I myself had the good fortune to grow up here and drink in the Friendship.

Even so I have no recollection of this distinctive concrete column, neither does the whole of the internet.

Do you?

Though very much in the style of the day – exemplified by William Mitchell there is currently no attribution for this work.

Was it at some point relocated, if so from where?

There are more questions than answers.