EDGE HILL

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Albany
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A very scruffy plain bar side and a lounge closed on my visit. Very congenial regulars and staff. Closes early on quiet nights.
Now closed and boarded up.
Last visited 1999.
100 Smithdown Road
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Bay Horse
A very scruffy exterior hides a well cared for clean and tidy inside. LSTV. Pool table. Now closed and demolished.
Last visited 1999.
Grinfield Street / Sidney Place
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Bear's Paw
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A large lounge, small bar and a big back room with a pool table in this rather nice traditional boozer. A number of hand pumps, but none were working when I visited.
Closed in 2015.
Last visited 2002.
Irvine Street
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Botanic
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Large pub with two bars knocked through. Nice decor but slightly faded, and a bit garish in the lounge. Dance floor. Free juke box. Closed, boarded up and partially burnt out by June 2002.
Last visited 1998.
Botanic Road / Picton Road.
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Boundary
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A wonderful interior with high ceilings, wood panelling and tile work in this very large pub where there is a significant slope to the floor in the lounge side. It is difficult to tell how much, if any, of the excellent woodwork inside dates back to the 1904 date on the outside of the building. Surprisingly busy with a friendly crowd on a Thursday afternoon.
Grade II listed building.
Last visited January 2018.
Smithdown Road / Lodge Lane
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Bridge Inn
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A busy bar and an empty lounge in this congenial, pleasantly decorated corner house. An unusual layout, partly knocked through but with a low counter between the two sides. Spotless and very well cared for. Now closed and demolished.
Last visited 1999.
Picton Road / Alfred Street
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Cambridge Hotel "VJ's Bar" A large, very nicely cared for, two bar pub with a small raised stage area in the lounge side. LSTV. Apparently shut lunchtimes. Noted closed and boarded up in 2007.
Last visited 1999.
28 Picton Road / Cambridge Street
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Chaplin's This pub was being rebuilt when I passed in March 1999. It soon re-opened with two rooms knocked through into one to create a pleasant open pub decorated with Charlie Chaplin posters and some rather good murals.
Last visited October 2018.
Lodge Lane / Moss Grove
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Chatham Closed. This was a pleasant quiet two room one bar pub.
Last visited 1999.
Overton Street / Chatham Place
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Dart Closed.
Not visited.
Lodge Lane / Longfellow Street
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Durning Arms
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in 1999 I recorded a plain rather tatty two bar pub in a 50s building, with a wartime singalong. Returning in 2018 it is clean and tidy, with only one room in use.
Last visited October 2018.
Durning Road / Wavertree Road
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Earl Marshall
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A pleasant plain traditional bar, pool room and lounge side (closed on my visit). Having spent a period boarded up, this has now re-opened.
The Earl Marshall, an hereditary title held by the Dukes of Norfolk, is responsible for organising major state occasions such as the State Opening of Parliament.
Last visited January 2018.
107 Earle Road / Rokesmith Avenue
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Earle "Dead House"
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This large three-roomed pub has the classic layout with the lounge and pool room served from hatches at the back of the bar. Largely unspoiled, nicely decorated and well cared for. A very good original mirrored bar back. I'm told the nickname comes from a rumoured former use as a funeral parlour. Now closed.
Last visited 2003.
Earle Road / Webster Road
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Grapes A plain scruffy friendly corner house.
Now closed.
Last visited 1999.
58 Lodge Lane / Windsor View
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Grosvenor Closed.
Not visited.
Lodge Lane / Ritson Street
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Leigh Arms Closed.
Not visited.
Picton Road / Combermere Street
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Masonic
Hand pump
A two-sided pub in a triangular building, very nicely decorated, especially in the two room lounge side. The hand pump was off on my visit.
Now closed.
Last visited 1999.
19 Lodge Lane / Noel Street
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Matlock
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Closed.
Not visited.
Smithdown Lane / Grinfield Street
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Mole of Edge Hill Standard "Oak Lodges" decor in this large corner house. LSTV.
Joseph Williamson, the Mole of Edge Hill, (1769 - 1840) was an eccentric philanthropist who gave unemployed soldiers returning from the Napoleonic wars work digging pointless tunnels beneath Edge Hill and the surrounding area, a sort of underground folly. You can visit a small part of his tunnels, see the Tunnels Bar.
Closed and demolished.
Last visited 1999.
Wavertree Road
Mount Vernon
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Some nice original features remain in this slightly threadbare old place with one bar in the front bullnose room plus two back rooms. Sadly the excellent real ale I reported in 2002 has gone. For my most recent visit there were two staff plus me in the place on a Sunday afternoon, although some regulars turned up later. Pool table.
Reported closed and boarded up in March 2015, and since demolished.
Last visited 2010.
Irvine Street
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Mulliner
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This large pleasantly decorated one room knocked round bar has areas chained off at quiet times. Now closed and demolished.
Last visited 2003.
Smithdown Road / Mulliner Street
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Nags Head (Spekeland)
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Closed and boarded up.
Not visited.
Tunnel Road / Spekeland Road
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New Campfield
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A rather tatty but clean and tidy one bar pub with a very scruffy exterior. Popular with the local coloured population. Now closed and boarded up.
Last visited 1999.
Smithdown Road / Yanwath Street
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Newstead Abbey
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A friendly plain pub with one bar plus a back room, clean and tidy.
Last visited January 2018.
Smithdown Road / Newstead Road
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Rob Roy A plain, clean and tidy one roomed boozer, popular with the locals. The school hall style parquet floor is overdue for a polish.
Now closed.
Last visited 1999.
Lodge Lane / Beaumont Street
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Rose Vaults (Weighing Machine)
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This pub spent a period closed in 1999 for refurbishment but only three years later it's already looking a little tatty inside, although generally pleasant, clean and tidy. There's a two sided knocked round bar and a pool area at the back in an acute-angled corner house. It was surprisingly busy on a Monday lunchtime.
Now closed.
Last visited 2002.
Wavertree Road / Marmaduke Road
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Royal Arms A plain bar and a nice enough lounge, both large, in this sixties(?) corner house, with an unusual rounded corner. It spent a period of time closed in the mid 2010s and then re-opened but is now closed again.
Last visited 1999.
Wavertree Road / Marmaduke Road
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Royal Hotel
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This plain, slightly run down but spotlessly clean pub retains the traditional layout inside, where the two lounges are served from a hatch at the back of the bar. The exterior features some tremendous tilework.
Grade II listed building, now closed.
Last visited 2003.
Smithdown Road / Langton Road
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Royston Arms
In March 1999 this place was closed with a for sale sign outside. It was subsequently reported as having re-opened but is now closed once again, and has been demolished.
Not visited.
Dorothy Street, off Edge Lane
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Shipperies This plain two-sided pub has been recently very nicely redecorated. The bar side was closed on my visit. LSTV.
Closed in October 2009.
Last visited 1999.
Durning Road / Plimsoll Street
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Spofforth
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Rather nice inside with an odd-shaped three sided bar counter with wooden panelling in one knocked through room, plus a pool room. Having spent some time in 2000 closed and boarded up, it was noted open in 2002, but a visit in May 2003 found it closed again. I am told it re-opened in May 2006, but it's now closed again.
Last visited 1999.
Webster Road / Cadogan Street
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Sportsman's (Coach & Horses) A large open pleasantly decorated social club style bar. Clientele tatty! The Worthington creamflow was flat and didn't taste like Worthies. Oversize glasses.
Now closed and demolished.
Last visited 1999.
Lodge Lane / Solway Street
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Tunnels Bar A pleasant bar partly inside one of Williamson's double tunnels, plus a modern glass-walled front section. (Actually they tell me it's a triple tunnel and there's a 20ft void under the floor). Run, I believe, by the same people as Wavers.
I think this has now closed.
Don't forget to visit the tunnels as well as the bar.
Last visited 2002.
Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, Smithdown Lane
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