Tuesday, 7 August 2012
The Back of the New Inn
The former Robinson's Inn by the side of the A57 road from Liverpool to Lincoln, is currently being demolished.
There may have been an inn on the site since the 1600s and it was known as a highwayman's inn. There are tales of it being haunted by a ghost named Mary.
However the New Inn was first licensed around 1856 with Robert Turner being the first Innkeeper.
William F Gratton was the landlord in the 1930s. Between 1927 and 1930 there were sixteen serious accidents on this stretch of road that were attributed to a "Phantom Lorry". Read the story. This is probably why a lorry features in the Inn sign.
It was the local of the Moors Murderers, Brady & Hindley whose house on Wardlebrook Avenue was behind the Inn. That house was demolished many years ago.
A later landlord was the father of boxer Ricky Hatton who was brought up in the New Inn. Part of the celler was used as a gymnasium.
See the view of the front of the Inn on Mottram Road as it looked recently on Hyde DP Xtra or as it looked in 2008 on Sithenah.
A contribution to Our World Tuesday.