Old Hyde

Old Hyde
Pole Bank 1910 ----------------------------------------------------------Town Hall 1937 --------------------------------------------- Cenotaph 1990

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Sign for the New Inn

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Photographed in October 2008.

This former Robinson's Inn stood by the side of the A57 road from Liverpool to Lincoln.

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. The 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.

The pub was demolished in August 2012 and current plans are for new houses to be built on the site.

See a photograph of the Inn as it looked in 2008 on Sithenah and as it looked a week ago on Hyde DP Xtra.


  1. I like these pub signgs very much. Very British. I feel sorry about this building. It could tell interesting stories...

  2. One of my earliest memories ,Christmas 1944,Boxing Day I think ,and a V1 flying bomb landed on a farm about 200 yd in front of the New Inn. We went to look later that day and the tiles had been blown off the pub roof and the windows blown in.

  3. re The New Inn, Mottram New Road, Matley
    It was not first licensed circa 1856 and Robert Turner was not the first Landlord. The New Inn appears in the 1841 Census with John Marsland the Inn Keeper. Robert Turner appears in the 1851 Census as Inn Keeper & farmer of 13 acres and in the 1861 Census as Publican. Subsequent Publicans were (1871 & 1881) Jane Turner (Robert's daughter), 1891 & 1901 Benjamin Wild, 1911 Mary Wild (Benjamin's widow) and in 1939 William Gratton.


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