Robin Hood (Lower Broughton, Manchester)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.490945, -2.252881
Adm. div. Lancashire
Vicinity 138 St Simon Street (now lost), near Present Cottenham Lane, just N of River Irwell
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1871
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Site of the Robin Hood
The Robin Hood was located just past the red factory building / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-03-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-13.

By 1871 there was a pub named the Robin Hood on the now lost St Simon Street just south of the Irwell in Manchester. It closed in the early 1960s, and the building in which it had been housed was torn down in the 1980s.

According to a local researcher, the pub probably opened in the 1850s and was originally named the Wellington Inn.[1] While no source is provided for this, we are on safe ground noting that it is listed in the 1871 census as "Robin Hood" with Solomon Brelsford as "Inn Keeper" and Lydia Brelsford his wife.[2] In the 1891 census it is again listed as "Robin Hood", at 138 St Simon Street, with Thomas Brennand as "Head" and Sarilla Brennand his wife. Thomas is listed as "Engraver", but this has been struck through and no other occupation listed instead.[3] In the 1901 census Thomas is listed as "Beerseller", with wife Sarilla, at No. 138, but the pub's name is not cited.[4]

In order to prevent flooding it was decided in the 1960s to divert the course of a stretch of the Irwell. When finished in 1968 or -69, this project, named the 'Anaconda Cut' after a former factory in the neighbourhood,[5] led the river south of the part of St Simon Street where the pub had been situated. This was near what is now the bottom of Cottenham Lane, just north of the present course of the river.

The pub is not included on any of the maps listed below.


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Also see


  1. Pubs of Manchester, Past & Present: Robin Hood, St Simon Street.
  2. The Genealogist: 1871 Census, Lancashire, Piece 04020, Image 00149, No. 29 of schedule. It is listed under schedule No. 29 (this is not the house number).
  3. The Genealogist: 1891 Census, Lancashire, Piece 03218, Page 00220, No. 49 of schedule. The surname has been incorrectly transcribed or entered into the database as "Brenand".
  4. The Genealogist: 1901 Census, Lancashire, Piece 03730, Image 00201, No. 194 of schedule. The surname has been incorrectly transcribed or entered into the database as "Birkenwood".
  5. What is the 'Anaconda Cut'? And what's it got to do with this new Salford skyscraper? (Confidentials Manchester), by David Blake. For the factory see maps listed below.