The Parkside

The Parkside, Moss Side, Manchester

A huge Edwardian pub close to the former Maine Road football ground, in the past tied to Whitbread, which in its day must have been one of the most magnificent in the Manchester area. Looks as though it has now been converted to flats.

The Masonic

The Masonic, Runcorn, Cheshire

Although now in Boddingtons livery, this was once a Tetley house, known locally as the “Long Pull”. Still open on StreetView, it had been boarded up within the two weeks prior to taking the photo. I remember it from the 1960s having a third storey which was later removed. You can just see the left-hand side of the pub with its third storey on this old photograph.

(My own picture)

The White Quey

The White Quey, Ratten Row, Cumberland

A large rural pub south of Carlisle that has obviously received considerable investment over the years. "Quey" is an old North of England term for a heifer.

The Monkey House

The Monkey House, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Yet another West Midlands estate pub. The rather severe architectural style suggests it may be 1950s rather than 1930s.

Incidentally, today is the first birthday of this blog, which so far has featured (including this one) 207 pubs.

The Britannia

The Britannia, Dover, Kent

A post-war pub on the main road to the ferry terminal facing Dover’s rather unappealing “seafront”.

The Crown

The Crown, North Muskham, Nottinghamshire

A small brick-built former Mansfield Brewery pub with a modern conservatory extension, on a now-bypassed section of road that used to be the A1.

The Raven

The Raven, Weoley Castle, Birmingham

Yet another classic inter-wars Brewers’ Tudor Birmingham suburban pub bites the dust. Move a little bit up the road and it’s reduced to a heap of rubble.

The Hawarden Castle

The Hawarden Castle, Queensferry, Flintshire

A large, white-painted pub mouldering away near the old bridge across the Dee. Before the new bridge was opened in the 1960s this must have been very popular with passing trade on the way to or from the North Wales coast.

The Doxey Arms

The Doxey Arms, Stafford

An untypically compact Brewers’ Tudor pub in a suburban location. Perhaps symbolically, it has an abandoned supermarket trolley outside.

The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel, Guildford, Surrey

A large 19th century pub in the northern suburbs of the town, still with its Courage sign. Apparently in recent years it was popular with army personnel.

The Talbot

The Talbot, Leek, Staffordshire

An impressive Victorian pub resembling the Addams Family mansion, with a London-style protruding single-storey extension at the front. One of a group of Higsons pubs in the Leek area taken over by Banks’s in 1974. On StreetView, spot the similarly closed and boarded White Lion further along the road on the right, which will feature in its own right at a later date.

The New Inn

The New Inn, Runcorn, Cheshire

For a while, this pub on Runcorn’s High Street was renamed as “The Old Transporter”. Although an old building, it received a smart 1950s frontage, now all swept away. The advertising boards promote the typical staples of the failing pub – Sky Sports, karaoke and racing. Still open on StreetView.