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Many thanks to Peter Mulville for this rare old photo of the Anchor Inn on Market Street.
I found this photograph amongst my grandparents’ paperwork and believe it to be the old Anchor Inn on Market Street. The original is mounted on cardboard, as though it has been hanging in a frame somewhere. Why this has been kept for years is a mystery, although my grandmother’s father was a barman / publican in the Liverpool, Birkenhead and Hoylake areas.
His name was Mathew Johnson and I believe he may have been the landlord of the Punch Bowl at some point; his daughter Jane or Janie Johnson may have also been working behind the bar. My family do not know if this is Mathew Johnson in the photograph or not, or why this particular photograph has been kept. My grandfather’s family have a long history in Hoylake – his family name was Ryding – so we wonder if this is a member of the Ryding family?
I wonder if anybody would recognise this photograph, when it may have been taken, and who’s the gentleman in it; or whether anybody remembers a Mathew Johnson, landlord?
The Anchor Inn was in pretty much the same location as The Blue Anchor. In these old Hoylake pub photos you can see the Anchor Inn, just up from what is now the fish mongers and The 3 Sisters with the anchor hung above the door, though the porched entrance and railings have gone. The comments in this post about The Lighthouse pub also indicate that the Anchor was demolished in the 1960s.
Whatever happened to the actual anchor? I can remember it being painted yellow one year!