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20-03-2010, 16:33
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Google have recently updated the Street View facility on Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps) to include pretty much the whole of the UK. Some may feel this is an invasion of privacy, but one benefit it brings is to be able to view pretty much any pub you care to mention.

So here are a couple of Stockportís classic unspoilt Robinsonís pubs, the Arden Arms (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Stockport,+England,+United+Kingdom&sll=53.301512,-2.705812&sspn=0.004014,0.011362&g=Frodsham,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Stockport,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.411924,-2.154565&spn=0.001001,0.00284&z=19&layer=c&cbll=53.411955,-2.154643&panoid=QAcrBDRMQvH0_aiZ34j_tw&cbp=13,284.7,,0,0.16) in the town centre, and the Davenport Arms (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=bramhall&sll=52.169247,-1.209526&sspn=0.032744,0.090895&g=woodford&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bramhall,+Stockport,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdo m&ll=53.342251,-2.175035&spn=0.031874,0.090895&z=14&layer=c&cbll=53.338351,-2.172382&panoid=JDhkPLSDgwC3iv7F0Jmouw&cbp=13,0,,0,5) at Woodford.

The Old Bullís Head (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Stockport,+England,+United+Kingdom&sll=53.301512,-2.705812&sspn=0.004014,0.011362&g=Frodsham,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Stockport,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.303767,-1.754234&spn=0.001003,0.00284&z=19&layer=c&cbll=53.303795,-1.754408&panoid=R-TXF1MgOL0lCeA5cKc8bQ&cbp=13,283.19,,0,5) at Little Hucklow, recently mentioned on here, still looks inviting despite having been closed for five years, and hopefully the current closure of the very attractive Highwayman (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Stockport,+England,+United+Kingdom&sll=53.301512,-2.705812&sspn=0.004014,0.011362&g=Frodsham,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Stockport,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.292105,-2.058316&spn=0.001004,0.00284&z=19&layer=c&cbll=53.29217,-2.058196&panoid=dGr3sCUNM82DpHmlrC_DOg&cbp=13,100.07,,0,1.69) at Rainow will prove temporary.

Of course it also shows up the all-too-obvious decline of the pub trade. Here is the Aston Arms (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=frodsham&sll=53.389932,-2.447816&sspn=0.004005,0.011362&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Frodsham,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.301589,-2.705684&spn=0.003988,0.011362&z=17&layer=c&cbll=53.301511,-2.705816&panoid=SMbT1sRLoEzAT71ocx9PLg&cbp=13,315.51,,1,4.32) in Frodsham, Cheshire, once a delightful multi-roomed pub with its own bowling green. A couple of miles along the road in Helsby, two of the four pubs in the village are now closed and boarded, the Horse & Jockey (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Stockport,+England,+United+Kingdom&sll=53.301512,-2.705812&sspn=0.004014,0.011362&g=Frodsham,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Stockport,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.27788,-2.760825&spn=0.001004,0.00284&z=19&layer=c&cbll=53.277835,-2.76099&panoid=SSkWTl9O1N32WQzBJJFmew&cbp=13,283.18,,0,3.22) and the Robin Hood (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Stockport,+England,+United+Kingdom&sll=53.301512,-2.705812&sspn=0.004014,0.011362&g=Frodsham,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Stockport,+Cheshire,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.270912,-2.769721&spn=0.001004,0.00284&z=19&layer=c&cbll=53.271,-2.769662&panoid=ENxEJOcoP80nahQ75iSrhg&cbp=13,262.94,,0,-3.58). Ironically, I would always have thought those two were more appealing and had better prospects than the two that remain open, the Railway and the Helsby Arms (ex Brown Cow).
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