eye goes straight to the cheerful yellow building that was the ‘The Crown Inn’.
It started life at the end of the
18th century as a small one-man brewery. It soon expanded as three cottages
were knocked together to form the pub we find today that still stands beneath
Stockport’s famous viaduct.
yellow pub is a welcome contrast to the dark sky full of smoke bellowing from
the chimneys of Stockport’s industry. 19th century philosopher Friedrich Engels wrote in 1844 that Stockport
was "renowned as one of the duskiest, smokiest holes in the whole of the
industrial area.” From the sky in this
painting you can see why.