The Black Horse Inn

“Spirits have stories to tell, one must know how to listen”- Deepta Roy Chakraverti, From Bhangarh to Bedlam. 

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A view of the hotel from the footpath

To be honest, I have not come across any spirits yet; but I do get an uncanny feeling every time I walk past The Black Horse Inn. This desolate building on Chapel Street has been lying ignored for years. As its outer walls decay with moss and algae; as the heavy rains seep inside the building through old cracks and creeks; as the blowing wind carries pollens to its walls giving rise to life in this lifeless building; something attracts me towards it more and more. The world moves in its own fast pace beside the Black Horse Inn, but somehow I feel that time has stopped for this building. The atmosphere around it carries a feeling of unspoken sadness, it is almost as if, it wants to say something, one only needs to have the ears to listen. 

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Stone Mask outside the Inn

Interestingly, during my research into this building, I found out that the inn was not always so desolate. Once upon a time, it was the centre of all the buzz and happening things in Chapel Street. It was a fully functioning inn with music, piano players, singers, laughter and cheers. The interior of the inn was filled with the aroma of ales and drinks. People from all backgrounds used to come here to quench their thirst amidst entertainment. It was full of life, noise, aroma and people. Then what drove such a flourishing inn to its ruins ? To know about its contemporary condition, it is mandatory to go back to its history, because it is only in the pages of the past that the conditions of the future rests in. 

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Sculpture of a Horse

The Black Horse Inn was built opposite the erstwhile Manchester Race course. Interestingly, today the race course does not exist at all. Just beside the inn is the Crescent pub, the happening place for all the youngsters. Opposite the inn lies the Peel Park, on the other side of the Street. The University of Salford (Peel Park Campus) is just a two-minutes walk from the site. No specific date of its opening has been traced yet. Different websites and blogs state different opening dates. While one website traces its origins to the year 1739, another one traces it to almost a hundred years later in 1875.

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Designs on the Outer Walls

If you look closely at the design of the pub (whatever is left), you would find sculptures of horses and designs which have an equine imprint . The inn was said to have a parlour, two refreshment rooms, a billiards room, a drawing-room, a vault and a bar. From the outer structure of the building it can be understood that there were more than one rooms inside, but what were these rooms, how they looked and most importantly what would one find inside it today can only be imagined.

The pub has been credited to have started the local paper in 1915. This paper usually had local news and news of the Great Wars. This pub was not devoid of controversies as well. It was said that the licence of the pub was at stake when the landlord found out that it employed piano players without proper identity checks and licenses. Nevertheless, the pub fought bravely against it and held its ground till the 2000’s. No one can actually highlight why the pub was shut down and unfortunately there is no one whom I could go and ask for more information. Most people today, have just accepted it as a desolate building standing on the edge of a street. But I think it is far from desolate. The walls of the building has numerous stories hidden inside it and would love to tell, if only it could speak. 

Today, it is a Grade -A listed building, conserved as part of the heritage of Salford, Manchester. Time and again, there have been proposals to demolish the building to make way for modern housing apartments, but each time the building has been saved from being mowed down. It is almost as if there is still life inside it, which wants to live and fight for its existence; fight for making its identity amidst the modern environment. 

To conclude, I leave you with some photographs of the building (Even of the interiors, which I managed to find out  after extensive research)

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58 Comments Add yours

  1. Nena says:

    Very cool story and history! I like the look of the building and I hope that they don’t ever demolish and instead be able to make some use of it as is:)

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    1. Yes. I hope so too. 🙂 Thanks. Glad you liked it. 🙂

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  2. siniciliya says:

    Although this house has some beautiful details in its exterior, it looks scary to me. I would never dare to enter it on my own.

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  3. iamsuanlee says:

    It would be great to have known what it also looked like in its prime – it’s such an interesting structure with a lot of character. You have so much information on this building, so interesting!

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  4. I would love to explore abandon buildings; maybe when the kids are older…. or with grandma

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    1. Sure. . . .if the building sits still till then

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  5. How neat is this!! Although to be honest I wouldn’t ever stay inside of it. You are a lot more braver that I.

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    1. Hehe. . Thanks. 🙂

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  6. Teresa says:

    Wow, what stunning architecture! I love old buildings with a haunted feel to them. Would love to see them restore it!

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    1. I hope so too that one day it is restored and not demolished.

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  7. GeekGirlGoes says:

    I had no idea this place even existed in Manchester! I definitely need to go and find it when I’m back home in Bolton. I love old British pubs – they’re so creepy!

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    1. HeHe ! 😛 Yes its on Chapel street when you are coming towards Manchester.

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  8. Looks like an interesting place – I’ve never seen it on my trips to Manchester! I bet the walls could tell you a thousand stories..

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    1. Oh next time you come to Manchester you can check it out. Its on chapel street towards Manchester city centre.

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  9. Tamz says:

    This building looks spooky and funnily that interests me. Such desolate places have always been on my radar and I have visited quite a few of them

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    1. Oh Really? Thats great! There was one more building but that is on the process of demolition so I could not do a post on it.

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  10. what an interesting place. It is dissapointing that with all of its history and legacy, it hasn’t been restored and repurposed.

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    1. I hope so that one day it is restored. Lets pray for the best.

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  11. old building is unique and amazing. but I think in the old building many ghosts

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  12. Ines says:

    Wow such an interesting read! It’s a shame you couldn’t actually find more information about the inn but it sounds like a really cool cultural landmark!

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  13. What an interesting looking building! It reminds of me of a creepy inn in an Agatha Christie novel–but that one was called The Pale Horse. I love any kind of historically significant building like that.

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  14. Sanket D. says:

    I’d be very interested to know why the place actually shut down! Looks rather spooky…

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    1. Well, the area started developing and more pubs and bars came up which were considered to be ‘modernistic’. plus there were land issues and ownership issues. so, now it just stands there out of use.

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  15. Liana says:

    I adore the stories behind monuments, and how they’ve endured through times and conditions along the way of the centuries. For me, there’s so much to learn from those buildings and I loved how you told this story. Today, it’s a monument which is part of the heritage right? I totally get why by now!

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    1. Yes. Its a Grade A listed building. But there is talk of it being demolished. However, there are also the locals who sign petitions against the demolitions- a reason why it has survived three such near close demolition cases.

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  16. I am usually not the one to stay at creept places. But, this article as an interesting read & what a beautiful old building:-)

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  17. Sheri says:

    Old buildings give so much history and can tell you so much about a location. I hope it stays preserved for others to be able to see it

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  18. just looking at these photos, makes me wonder how much fun they had in early years. Pity that this place is non-operational.. but it would be very interesting if this is restored and give chance to resurrect its life.

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  19. Liz says:

    I love old buildings! I’m not very good with creepy locations, though, but the history of this place is absolutely fascinating. 🙂

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  20. Danjuma says:

    such buildings tell alot of history and should be brought back to life and hopefully some decendants from the owners or builders can be found one way or the other for its true rich history and purpose…

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    1. I agree, But sadly talks are of demolishing and not bringing it back. 😦

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  21. Vyjay Rao says:

    Some buildings do give you an eerie feeling, as if time has stopped still there. This Inn also looks like it has the same vibes. I am sure you have had an intriguing experience while researching and writing this post.

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    1. Yes. absolutely. I was lucky to have been able to get the information. else its not very easy to get hold of them.

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  22. Kevin Wagar says:

    I love all the intricate details of that building. So much attention to detail!

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  23. Maja says:

    Interesting building it is! It should be beautifully restored and center of life again, it deserves it.

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    1. I agree. but somehow no one is taking any action. It just stands there waiting to be demolished or reconstructed back again.

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  24. chantae says:

    It looks kinda creepy but I’d still love to go there! How fun would it be to go back in time when it created the paper 🙂 as writers, I’m sure we all can fantasize of life back when ink hit paper instead of keys to the internet!

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    1. Absolutely!! Its great to just imagine how it would have been. . . .

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  25. Nickida says:

    I love looking at old buildings, it’s like a peek into the past. It does look hunted to me, but I’m scary like that. Interesting history though.

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  26. Jen Morrow says:

    I thought these photos look familiar, I have been there! Such a cool place to visit.

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    1. Oh have you? How did you like the atmosphere?

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  27. Dominic says:

    For a building that was built during the 17th-18th century, it still does look great. I thought you were going to share some ghost stories here.

    Anyway, yeah it would be a waste to demolish this historical building now. The city can create a museum around that building and have tours.

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    1. i hoped to hear some ghost stories too. but unfortunately, no sightings , nothing that can be backed with at least one witness. But, I am on the lookout for some ghost stories. If not here somewhere else. 🙂 I wont disappoint you.

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  28. Rodanthi says:

    I love old buildings! They have a certain mystery and they have the ability to travel us to the past – well, not literally, unless you know such a magical building, please share, hahaha. Each one of them usually has a story to tell. I think that old buildings should be restored! I hate to see them abandoned. Thanks for sharing those great photos!

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    1. Thanks . I am glad that you liked it. there is one more building , it was an inn too. I am currently working on its history. As soon as I have enough valid information, I would write a post on it. 🙂

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      1. Rodanthi says:

        I can’t wait to read it!

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  29. Oh my it`s such a waste, especially when you look at the interior! Aren`t there any plans for this building?

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  30. Alison says:

    This is a beautiful building. I think I love hearing the history of buildings because it draws me closer to them.

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    1. Exactly, it used to lie on my way to college and looking at it in shrambles I used to wonder about its history. And finally managed to dig out some of it.

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  31. Katrine says:

    Wow.. You make it sound like a place well worth visiting. Great read!

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  32. I loved the article, literally ate the screen with my eyes! It is not the Hotel from American Horror Story, is it? Thank’s for sharing I totally enjoyed it!

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    1. No, I don’t think so that the inn has been featured in any movie, or documentary. Although I would personally love to have a documentary highlighting its haunting past. 🙂 But I would find it out for you whether it was used in any productions or not.

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  33. Violinkit says:

    What a beautiful old building and with a fascinating past . It would truly be a shame if it was knocked down. I hope that it can continue to be preserved and perhaps sympathetically restored.

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    1. Yes, it would be shame to bring it down. As of now, the community is fighting to keep its legacy alive. Restoration would probably be focussed on once everyone is sure that it won’t be knocked down in the future.

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