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342 Old Colonial Taylor St & 167 Bridge Street
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raftl raftl raftl at the banner on the pub and then look at the steel shutters on the windows raftl raftl raftl

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That's opposite the Transport Museum isn't it? The tram line runs behind it.


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That was a great pub that. Used to drink in there and the Commedore, god must be getting on for 20 years ago now.

When did it shut?

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I went there in 2001 for my mates 30th. Wasnt it a bikers pub?

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Last time I went there was in the early 2000's, mainly because on a nice summer's day you could sit in the back, bask in the sun and watch the trams.

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The Commedore was yeah. I used to work with a girl who was a barmaid there part time.

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The Old Colonial is being converted into offices, although they're supposed to be keeping the sign on the corner as a reminder of the buildings past.


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Another great shame. Used to have some good jazz nights there.

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Used to have grat stay-behinds there in the early 90s, watchin the boxing from America.

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Originally Posted by uptoncx

The Old Colonial is being converted into offices, although they're supposed to be keeping the sign on the corner as a reminder of the buildings past.



My father has bought the pub. I have posted a history request on the history forums in search of any old pictures and info etc. It is being turned into offices. I have lots of pictures of when we bought it, inside and out, and I will post them, along with what it looks like now 6 months on and then eventually, when the place is finished.

The location of it is not great for a pub and from what ive been told it was in good hands towards the end. We are trying to keep some of the history of the building by including some of the signs, and all other things we have, such as the bigger signs and old doors etc, have gone to the museum across the road, where they are going to make a bar scene from the things we have given them.

If anyone has any interesting facts or pictures of the building then I would be really grateful

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Great map, really interesting. Ill dig around tonight, I have an 1860 ish map somehwere where I think its on there...its just speculation until I have properly researched it at the archives centre in the cheshire Lines Building

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The 1911 Census shows it as a Public House owned by Yates Castle Brewery, but doesn't name it. The landlord was John Allison, aged 64, from Carlisle.



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