The Lorimers Arms – Collyhurst

Lorimers Arms Osborne Street Collyhurst Manchester M40 7PZ

The Lorimers Arms was an estate pub that was situated in between Rochdale and Oldham roads in the Collyhurst area of Manchester. The pub had two rooms with a fairly basic bar and a more comfortable lounge, I had a drink in the bar which was a decent enough room to have a drink in.

When I visited this pub it was a Vaux tied house and there were no real ales on the bar, I had a drink of keg Samson bitter and this was a pretty poor drink. The pub is still standing but has closed down and been converted to other use.

Yet another Manchester pub to close down.

Alan Winfield

Typical of its time, developed to meet the needs of the new estates which replaced the slum clearance of the Sixties, in an area surrounded by industry.

Once home to the Osborne Street Baths and Wash House, and a pub of an earlier age – The Osborne, still standing – ceased trading.

Manchester LocaI image Collection

Photo – Gene Hunt

Much of this is now gone – the buildings the people and the work.

The pub had briefly become the centre for a telephone chatline service, prior to its current use as a place of worship – for the Christ Temple International Church

I chatted for a while with Kath who lives opposite, she had been a barmaid in the vault at Billy Greens.

Boarded up and then demolished.

We recalled pubs long gone and the loss of trade:

The folks that drank in there have all passed on, The Vine is still open but nobody goes in there. We have to go into Town but it’s dearer there, I like the Millstone and the Wheatsheaf.

Thanks for taking time to chat, at a distance – in these troubled times.

All pubs for the moment are a thing of the past.

Here’s a snapshot or two of a long gone pub:

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