John Clarke, the chairman of the Stockport and South Manchester branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has generously been doing some research for us. He reports that:
“While the Railway ended its days as a Wilson’s pub, they only acquired it in 1949 when they took over the Salford brewery Walker & Homfray. However Walker & Homfray acquired it from Daniel Clifton & Co in 1923. Clifton’s were a Stockport firm who brewed at the Royal Oak Brewery at the top of Hillgate. This still exists and is currently being converted into flats – there was an article about this in last week’s Stockport Express.”
This is really helpful information, John. Thank you!