Stalybridge pubs – The Waggon & Horses.

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The Waggon & Horses, Mottram Road, Stalybridge

The Waggon and Horses is on Mottram Road, Stalybridge at the corner of Matley Lane and Mottram Road. The first and most obvious thing that jumped out at me when I saw this picture was the number of floors the pub has…last time I drove past there were only two….and there are clearly three shown here.

The History Bit…

The pub was originally built in 1663 as a farmhouse. It became a “Coach House and Tavern” called The Sandman Inn in 1789. (Waggon&Horses.com)

Up until a boundary change in April 1936 the pub wasn’t in Stalybridge, so it isn’t in any old trade directories etc. (Magee.R, 1991)

The photo below was taken in 1961 and the top floor was removed in 1978. (Waggon&Horses.com)

The Waggon & Horses, Mottram Road, Stalybridge
The Waggon & Horses, Mottram Road, Stalybridge

4 thoughts on “Stalybridge pubs – The Waggon & Horses.

  1. Joyce Dawson February 8, 2015 / 2:58 am

    Although I’ve lived most of my adult life in Canada, I can still remember as a 13 yr. old evacuee schoolgirl, billeted with a lovely family on Market St. in Hollingworth at the time and going with them and their daughter the same age as myself, on their Saturday night visits to the Waggon and Horses up Mottram Road. As youngsters we would go upstairs to the second floor (which at that time was the living quarters of the people running the Pub), and what a great time we had playing with the children of the owners There was a lovely staircase leading from the ground floor up to a large wide landing and the lovely living quarters, and sometimes we would sit on the top steps, peering down and listening to the singing, music and happy chatter of those people downstairs enjoying their Saturday night out, then we’d all have to walk back home to Hollingworth, just across from the Gun Inn.
    Mottram Road was also a great Sunday afternoon walk for us kids, going as far as the fossil frog in the Cutting, and sometimes up over the hills to a farm and then back home. No such things as car rides in those days – “Shank’s Pony” was how we travelled. Great exercise and wonderful memories, even with the Second World War going on in 1939-41 in my days of being in Tintwistle and Hollingworth as an evacuee.

    • Stephanie February 18, 2015 / 12:09 pm

      Hi Joyce, Lovely to hear your memories or your time locally. I can imagine the fun of sitting on the stairs watching and listening to the pub downstairs. The frog in the wall is still there as remembered from your Sunday walks, as is the Gun Inn and the hills are still great to walk all over (just a little cold at the moment!). Regards Steph

  2. Geoff. November 28, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Hi Stephen,
    What lovely photos a positive treasure!
    I have a few copies of a printed booklet ‘Swell To Great’, six short lighthearted essays of a teenage church organist in Stalybridge during the 1950s.
    If you would like a copy just email me forwarding address and I will gladly pass it on.
    Best wishes
    Geoff.

    • Stephanie November 28, 2016 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks – I’d absolutely love the book. It sounds fun. I’ll email you my contact details. Steph

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