Greater Manchester - Stockport

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: II

195 Northgate Road, Edgeley

Tel: 07479 942646




Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Stockport

Station Distance: 1000m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Stockport) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

In this fine 1911 building only the bar-back has been significantly altered while the off-sales is now disused (but still exists intact between the bar back and a locked external door). The spacious lobby has multicoloured Art Nouveau-style dado tiling. The floor is one of mosaic and this was revealed once more in 2014 thanks to the current licensee after years of being concealed beneath a carpet. The servery has a curved mahogany bar with screenwork above but the bar-back fitting has been replaced and a low suspended ceiling inserted. Rooms lead off from each corner, all with their names etched in the door glass – tap room, smoke room, bar parlour and commercial. All the rooms have fixed seating, coloured glass and original fireplaces. Decoration continues up the stairs which are lit by a wonderful window with coloured glass. An attached billiards room has a vestibule entrance and painted glass skylight. Listed in 1994 following a pilot study of Greater Manchester pubs by CAMRA for English Heritage.

The Alexandra is a five-roomed largely intact pub built of red brick with a red terracotta plaque in the gable with the date 'AD 1911'. On Chatham Street side is a disused door with a 'Order Dept.' etched window that was the former off-sales. This is still intact retaining its counter front with window panels up to the ceiling with a hatch for service, tiled floor, but is now used for storage and only accessible by a secret panel at the base of the bar back fitting.

The external lobby has a tiled dado and mosaic floor and through the inner door in a painted wooden screen is the lobby bar. This has a splendid dado of green and cream glazed tiles with multi-coloured Art-Nouveau motifs in coloured glass and a floor of marble mosaic recently exposed having been covered by carpet for many years. The tiled dado continues up the stairs and there is an impressive coloured glass window on the half landing.

The servery has a fine curved original mahogany bar front but the lower panels of the screened servery were removed at least 20 years ago. The bar back fitting was replaced in c.1980 and covers up the off sales hatch - locals say the original bar back fitting was sold by a previous landlord! A low suspended ceiling of light slatted wood was added above the entire servery area about 20 years ago. A room leads off each corner of the hall and all have painted wooden door surrounds with segmental pediments and doors with etched glass panels.

At the front left is the basic tap room with an etched 'Tap Room' panel in the door and the figure '4' above - a requirement of licensing magistrates. It retains original fixed bench seating around the room, two lobby screens with leaded glass in the top and an original tiled and wood surround fireplace recently brought back into use. The servery in the tap room originally consisted of rising shutters, which were removed in c.1980. The smoke room on the front right has an etched 'Smoke Room' panel in the door and the figure '3' above, two lobby screens with coloured leaded glass panels in the top, an original marble and tiled fireplace, original fixed seating with bell pushes above.

The bar parlour on the rear left has an etched 'Bar Parlour' panel in the door and the figure '1' above, two lobby screens with coloured glass panels in the top, original fixed seating with bell pushes above, an original glazed red brick and wood surround fireplace and mirror in the mantelpiece above and a number of etched and leaded glass windows. Service is from a door to the side of the servery with a flap across it and a figure '6' above it. The commercial room on the rear right is more modest than the others with an etched 'Commercial Room' panel in the door and the only old fitting being a wood surround fireplace which has a modern tiled interior. At the rear is the ladies toilet which is a conversion from living accommodation.

A short corridor running parallel to the stairs now with its uncovered mosaic floor leads to the billiard room situated in a single storey wing on the right side of the pub. It has a vestibule entrance and etched 'Billiards Room' panel in the inner door with the figure '5' above. It has exposed roof timbers, painted glass skylight, a disused good tiled and wood surround fireplace now blocked up, a bay window with two etched windows and two plain windows which have replaced 'Billiards Room' ones and three rear windows with decorative etched panels. A pool table has replaced the full sized snooker table. Modernised gents’

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