Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ABC Wednesday: A is for Abel Heywood


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Abel Heywood is a Hydes pub, restaurant and boutique hotel on the corner of Turner Street and Red Lion Street which opened in December 2014 after conversion from a semi-derelict building.


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It is named after Abel Heywood (1810 – 1893) who set up a penny reading room in 1831 and had a bookselling business in Oldham Street. An active Chartist, his business published much of the reading material of the town's movement, including the Northern Star. In 1841, he was elected treasurer of the National Charter Association, as well as sitting on the executive committee. At the same time he campaigned actively for the incorporation of the city and, once this was achieved, was elected to the council in 1843. Heywood served as alderman in 1853 and in 1859 stood unsuccessfully as a Radical Liberal candidate for Manchester. His first term as Mayor was in 1862–1863, during the cotton famine. He became Mayor again in 1876–1877. A major achievement was his role in guiding Manchester Town Hall to its completion; the clock bell of the Town Hall, "Great Abel", is named after him.


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His son, also named Abel continued the business after his death and the gable end of the building carries the words "Abel Heywood and Son".


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According to Pubs of Manchester The Red Lion stood here from the early 19th century until the early to mid 20th century. It seems probable that the pub occupied only that part on the corner of Red Lion Street and Catlow Lane. The section to the right was once a gallery, where it exhibited sets from the BBC series, Cutting It. Catlow Lane was originally Church Lane.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday and signs, signs.

15 comments:

  1. Thanks Gerald - despite living in Manchester all these years, Abel Heywood is completely new to me.

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  2. Wonderful photo's, i like buildings like that and signs too...although i do not know the people concerned

    Have a nice abc-day / week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

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  3. Hi Gerald. All the best for the leap year. Like your new colour scheme.

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  4. Beautiful building - what a history! Have a happy week:)

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  5. I love signs like these, are so expressive.

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  6. Love the history. A nice looking building and the sign is a real 'keeper'.

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  7. Handsome building and interesting information!

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  8. Blogging does allow us to visit places while sitting at our desks... Informative Post!

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