Wednesday, July 14, 2010

ABC Wednesday
Z is for Zuri Designs

Zuri Designs are one of the first retail units to have opened in the premises of the former Pitt & Nelson public house in Ashton-under-Lyne.

The Pitt and Nelson pub on the corner of Market Street and Old Street was one of the oldest pubs in Ashton, dating from 1685, when this corner was the junction of the roads from Manchester and Oldham. Originally it was The Smithies Arms then The Grapes and The White Hart. It became the Pitt and Nelson in 1807, shortly after the deaths of Admiral Lord Nelson and Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger. It closed sometime after 1989 and was later re-born as The Bedroom night club. After various troubles its license was revoked and the building remained boarded up for about two years.

I don't know anything about Zuri Designs as I'm not into fashion.

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  1. Interesting history. (I'm not into fashion either.)

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. I'm not so attuned to fashion either, but I like the name. I wonder what caused The Bedroom club to run afoul of the law. Laughing.

  3. Interesting as always, Gerald! I gave up on fashion years ago!! Hope you have a great week!


  4. Nonetheless, I'll bet you're glad to see the building occupied once again.

  5. Looks like an interesting lace to shop/browse at!

  6. I confess, I'm more into pubs and clubs than I am fashion myself.

    It sounds like that corner has haad some interesting stories to tell over the years though.

    On behalf of the ABC Wednesday Team, thank you for joining us. Round six has been a lot of fun, I hope you will join us again in round seven, as we start year four of this project.

  7. How sad that the original pub disappeared.
    I am curious about fashion, since it is related to my subject, jewellery-making, so I had probably gone in to see what they were doing. But I can understand that you would not feel like doing that. Pity the old pub is gone.

    But it made a Z-post!
    Best wishes,
    Anna's Z-words

  8. That tree's probably got about as much chance as the tree on the front of John Hersey's Penguin: 'Hiroshima'.

    I'm enjoying your Gargantuan series, Gerald. '71 must have been some year!

  9. They have been a bit ruthless with the tree but the long windows are rather nice.

  10. I so enjoy learning the history—too bad it didn't stay a pub, but then it probably wouldn't have a name with Z.

  11. City renovation seems working very well in your town. You must be on the second floor to have such a perfect prospective of the building.