In May 2010 I published some photographs of the Dukinfield Arms on Old Hyde. They were taken by Alan Young, a guitarist with the classic rock band, Par Avion from Charleston, WV, who came over in June 1990, together with Tim Thompson (manager & bass guitarist), Brian Young (drummer), Tena Hall (vocalist and now his wife) and Dennis Loudermilk (sound technician). They stayed at the Dukinfield Arms while doing a number of gigs in the area.
He sent me several photos which I matched with modern views. However I was unable at the time to place these photographs of The Union. Recently, though, I discovered an entry in the Pubs of Manchester blog, which places it in Higher Ardwick.
Alan's photograph, featuring Dennis, Brian and Tena, shows that is was then a Wilson's pub. It later changed to the Burtonwood brewery before closing down in 2009.
A week ago I went to check it out for myself. I found it on the corner of Union Street and Higher Ardwick. It has been converted into the "Spicy Grill", a tandoori takeaway which still advertises a "A Warm & Friendly Welcome".
On the opposite side of Higher Ardwick is the former Ardwick Conservative Club which was built in 1878. That is now occupied by the "Bead Shop" which offers a range of jewellery making classes.
A contribution to Our World Tuesday.