The Star and Garter
Background information
Founded Early 1800s
Music venue since 1990
Location Manchester, England
Website Official Website

The Star and Garter is a pub in Manchester, England with a room upstairs for club nights and gigs, revered as such over the years.[1] It is situated on Fairfield Street behind Piccadilly railway station and has been a Grade II listed building since 20 June 1988[2] and functioning as a venue since 1990.

The name "Star and Garter" originates from an abbreviation of the name of the insignia belonging to Order of the Garter. The Star is eight pointed and of chipped silver. At its centre is a white enamelled medallion bearing the Cross of St George in red enamel and surrounded by a dark blue enamelled Garter edged with gold bearing the motto in gold letters. Several other pubs in England bear the Star and Garter name.

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According to both popular myth, legend and at least two long since out-of-print local history tomes, the Star and Garter was built in 1803 approximately 100 yards from its current position. When Store Street/Bank Top/London Road railway station (the original names of Manchester Piccadilly station) was expanded with the addition of the connecting line to Oxford Road station in 1849, the Star and Garter was moved, brick by brick, onto its current site and reopened in 1877. Originally built as a hotel, although it did brew its own beer as well, the Star and Garter has since been transformed into a pub and club venue, although due to its listed status there are still many restrictions on how the structure of the building can be altered.

Beginning in 1990 the building would host concerts and other nightlife events, eventually building a reputation as a revered venue in the Manchester scene. The Star and Garter has hosted festivals such as the Tomstone All-Dayer to name a few. The venue would be at risk for closure when attendance for gigs would decline over the years, along with the venue trying to be shut down in 2017 by Chester's Brewery, as a part of a proposed redevelopment of Mayfield Railway Station.[3] In December 2019 the venue would sign a ten-year lease with their landlord, thus saving the venue.[4]

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