Tales of the Urban Explorer: The Crescent

in Urban Exploration2 months ago

It was time to drive past 'The Crescent' again, just to see if we could now get in. After a tipoff to get there 'quickly'... it was added to our agenda.

One great thing about going back to an old fail is you know where to park. I did and hoped my car would still be there on return, as it’s not the most affluent of areas.


We’re in mate”, @dizzydiscovery whispered over to me after seeing a huge hole in the back door. That familiar feeling of exhilaration raced over me, and now it was a question of getting in there without anyone seeing.


We were in... and this is a pub so where was the bar?

Originally opened as a tavern known as 'The Red Dragon', Salford pub The Crescent is one of the most historic public houses in Greater Manchester.

Dating back to the 1860s, the pub is supposedly the haunt where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels are believed to have drank together as they formulated the ideas of communism in the 19th century.

It was Grade 2 listed on 18th January 1980, and had featured in the Good Beer Guide since the mid-1990s.

In recent years, The Crescent hosted popular events such as quarterly beer festivals, a Monday night quiz, and a curry night on Wednesdays, as well as regular live music and an open mic night on Sundays.

It was unexpectedly sold in 2016 to Chinese investors for £325,000, who were interested in demolishing the historic pub and replacing it with a Chinese community centre. The pub closed its doors for good in August 2017. So far, no permission has been granted for demolition and the pub remains derelict. - Source

Karl Marx! I could feel the history ebbing into my skin. The things that must have been discussed over a pint in this very building.

I kind of feel sorry for those Chinese investors who probably were not aware of what Grade 2 listings mean and their implications.


I could see some very dodgy stairs that looked like a good pull would make them disintegrate and a room full of bric-a-brac.



Being a natural rummager I needed to have a look. There was some old CCTV equipment and a bunch of what?


Is that an Indian woman winning a medal and a lot of copies of it?



A boxful of saucers and a smoke machine; so is this the pub then?


We climbed the dodgy stairs still wondering where the bar was, only to find a lovely toilet where someone had miss-aimed badly.



Seeing curtains waving around in the breeze means only one thing. No glass.





It was quite bare and dull up there, with a few signs of homeless habitants maybe from the past.




The cellar was dark and gloomy like they generally are. Maybe we should have read the guide on Radiation for some intellectual stimulation.


Lino on the walls, a novel idea if it doesn't get too wavy.


This was some boring house and obviously not ‘The Crescent’, I felt cheated and it was all too easy. Was this pub going to laugh at me again?


We exited and looked at the back of ‘The Crescent’ vengefully. There had to be a way in.

Yes of course there was a way in, hadn’t we been tipped off? Climbing is not my forte and my ability was about to be tested.


@dizzydiscovery being younger and fitter than me was in within 10 seconds with me labouring as usual.


Once inside it was a case of jumping through the glass-encrusted door window without severing your fingers. No gloves again meant taking extreme care.


Finally, we were inside 'The Crescent' as the bar stretched out in front of us with its hideous colour scheme.





It was evident the homeless were not content with ‘next door’ and also wanted to live here as well.



The magazine is only 4 years old, new compared to many relics of literature I see left behind.


I wonder if the free WiFi still works; could be the current reason for the popularity of the place!




Live music was once played at ‘The Crescent’.



It was time to check upstairs and step upon those fabulous stairs, rotting carpets are so… Ooooooo…





Another bar was to be found in one area, and there were more than one lot of stairs. This was quite a large pub once.



A few rooms were completely stripped back of décor. I did not hang around.



If you ever watched the epic ‘Trainspotting’, this scene reminds me of ‘the worst toilet in Scotland’.








It was taking some time to check out the upper floors of ‘The Crescent’ and we found easier ways to navigate the building during this time.



The CDs could have been derived from one of the live acts that played here.



We climbed into the depths of the cellar with @dizzydiscovery muttering something about the lost tunnels of Manchester and the hidden city.



It is supposed to exist but all entrances have been sealed and welded.




This was an equally large cellar and we were to find something interesting finally.


Mr. and Mrs. Davies look to be £7500 in the red but that was long ago in 1989. Things could be rosy again today.


In 1996 they needed a new ‘Knocker’?



...'let's take a closer look at this one'...

Mortgage redemption? So Andy & Jo did pay it all off. Things should have been looking up and in 1989 the pub industry was not yet in decline.


The same couple are selling another property for the sum of £61000. That should take care of that £7500 bank deficit.


@dizzydiscovery not content with a single torch is armed with two.


That is one hell of a bendy shelf.

The pumps and equipment are still intact and down in the depths of the pub along with some glasses if you want a quick drink.



Navigating the exit of the tall door guarding the ‘The Crescent’ was great fun and consisted of me getting my foot trapped around six inches above my head.

Arrgghhhh…… fuck… give us a hand mate’, I pleaded to @dizzydiscovery unable to get my hands up far enough without ripping my jeans.

I was never great at the splits when young but was doing a decent impersonation of the style. A laughing @dizzydiscovery released me after letting me suffer for a few seconds.


I’m sure the bastard took a photograph as well, just for blackmailing rights.


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Those almost looked like some Grolsch bottles in the one picture that you took. This place looks pretty nasty all around. I am glad that you were able to get in and do some good exploring though. It seems as though you found some cool things in there.

I once had a car nicked from this area of Manchester so was wary. It is a dodgy location, and getting in was hard work (for me). Glad it's off the list!

I bet!

Thanks for the Marx and Engels fun fact, nice! Excellent job documenting this one man, how long did it take to load those photos?

It took me a couple of hours to put this all together. I use hive.blog to upload the images as it's quicker and there are no restrictions on content size like peakd.com has. Copy the code across and it works well.

That smoke machine looked like K-9



At lest someone got their curry paid for. It looked like it must have been a banging place at one time. Isnt it shit how the yblock up all the underground tunnels in cities?

@anidiotexplores is on some kind of mission to get into these tunnels. With all the ancient buildings knocking about, one must hold an open entrance. Not sure what he's expecting to find besides giant rats.

There is nothing as cool as tunnels. There was one up here that went underneath the river Clyde between two buildings that was blocked off but you could get in but they blocked it off many years ago. Grrr. Open up the tunnels and bring on the giant rats!

I swear those rats are getting more daring. Spotted a large one carrying some stringy meat in Huddersfield last weekend.

They are fearsome things. Although I have had pet rats in the past when I was a young un. They were lovely.

Just wanted to say keep up the great work I really enjoy your work and I really enjoyed this post 👍🏾

Thanks man, hope you are doing OK in the city. Any more rap music lately coming from you?

No problem 👍🏾 all good thanks hope you are well

I got some new stuff and also working on some new stuff it's just hard finding the the time I just need a few more tracks to complete my next mixtape I'm going to drop I will definitely release some soon 🤝

Always love old buildings like this and the treasures they have within. Even more so when it's from your childhood. I do always worry about the risk factor of climbing around in such trashed buildings and sadly all you found was a really beat up nasty toilet lol

The glasses though freakin beautiful! Always a sucker for glass for some reason. I bet you're going to feel that split tomorrow haha

Ah.., well this was last October's content.. I am that far behind so the splits pains are long gone!

Nice bit of history there, but seems doomed to ruin now. I expect we will have lost loads more live music venues over the last year. I would think gloves would be essential for exploration, especially in current times. You have a good excuse for wearing them.

Remember to stretch before getting your leg too high.

I bought some gloves from Germany, they arrived and were too small. I sent them back for a larger size... still too small. @bingbabe has them now and they fit her. Bloody useless!

How big are your hands? I needed some gardening gloves, so got some in Sainsbury's. The missus bought me some more as she didn't know. I'm stocked up now :)

No bigger than average. They were really nice fingerless ones but I could not get used to them (after jamming the larger ones one). This involves a lot of photography so I need the finger sensitivity.

‘Sam is a scouse twat”
Couldn’t agree more, it’s little things like this thst make it all worthwhile!
I have never managed this one on my odd trip to the metropolis,

My office for many years was just round the corner and I remember it being open and full of students, spending the tax payers cash on beer and weed

So dizzy is back out of retirement then

‘Sam is a scouse twat”

LOL, I see you have been in Scouserland again recently. Did you ever go in The Crescent?, it makes it more special if you have seen it open. A little like Camelot was for me.

@dizzydiscovery is still retired and I am on the last batch of content from October 2020, as well as all the Wales stuff you gave me. Might be a while before the recent stuff emerges.

I got into Pendleton house up the road and failed in the police station and the pub

So, not being from the U.K. I was curious what "Grade 2" meant. I figured it had something to do with being an historic building and when I asked Google, keeper of all knowledge, I found:

"Grade II: buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them"

What is this "every effort" they speak of? What's the point of preventing demolition if the building is just going to be allowed to collapse on its own in due time anyway? Just curious...

Every effort..., that is a laugh! Most of the ones I have visited are worse than this one. That is England and it's crazy rules for you.

Wow... these are incredible images. So much colour. So much decay... but yet... Free wifi.

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Lol.. yes free WiFi.., who would have thought? 😀

I hope you are wearing a full hazmat Suit to go in these places. The air must be toxic. Please be careful.

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The air is not great, but you get used to the stink. It's more general decay than anything putrid. I don't wear any masks.

Good explore...like the bendy shelf...I would take a piss in this place...just not in the toilet bowl..

I take lots of pisses in these places, but try and avoid the carpet if possible 😏

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