Monday, 30 June 2014

The Bike "n" Hound on New Beech Street

This is a view of the Bike 'n' Hound pub taken from New Beech Street and shows the very old brick/stonework contrasting with the "newish" paintwork.

The Bike n Hound was originally The Royal Albert commemorating Prince Albert, the Consort of Queen Victoria, who died in 1861. The beerhouse licence dates back to around 1850. The first owner and licensee was Thomas Bridge, who was there for around ten years. After 1890 the Royal Albert was bought by the Philanthropic Burial Society of Hyde.

A commentator on the Hydedonian blog in 2010 referring to a similar photo wrote
Just to let you know - the left hand opening was a back door into a yard, then a window and then next opening was to the outside gents toilets the last opening was the window for the ladies loos - I lived there when these where knocked down to make the road that runs at the side of the pub, and the toilets were moved inside. The pool room (if its still there) was originally the living quarters and where the toilets are now was the kitchen, upstairs what now is the kitchen and living room was a single large "concert" room. I was around 11 when all this happened so it is over 35 years ago - god I feel old!!

When I took this photograph a few weeks ago a new piece of artwork had started to appear on side - see what has become of it on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.


  1. Now that's what you call contrasting!

  2. At least it is still open and has not been closed down due to the recession. Really interesting to hear from first hand experience what it used to be like. I think most of us had outside toilets back then.

  3. I like the final sign design... but this wall's got my attention.

  4. A remarkable contrast, and quite a name for a pub.

  5. Wow, what a find! There's so much interesting detail there, I could look at it all day!

  6. That stonework is marvelous! Great shot of an interesting building!