Recording the slow, sad death of the British pub
It was called the Bow Garrett when I lived in Cheadle Heath during the 50's. I would have thought its new name would have been the Bulkeley
Was it maybe the case that its nickname was the Bow Garrett and that was eventually adopted as its official name? It was certainly the Bulkeley Arms when I moved to Stockport in 1985.
A ' Bow Garret ' is a Hatters workshop where rabbit fur was cleaned and graded by hand, before the fur was made into 'Knap' and used to make fur and woolen Hats. Denton, 3 or 4 miles away was the centre of the hatting industry in the north of England during the industrial revolution. A 'Garret' was the name for the 'cottage industry' before mechanisation was common in the 1780's. The pub seems a bit 'fancy for a workshop, but maybe was built on the site of one. Maybe?
In an 1969 AtoZ two of the streets directly behind the pub are called Bow and Garret.