Tales of the Urban Explorer: The New White Lion

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The New White Lion pub was closed in 2010, that’s ten years of neglect; I was not expecting too much to be inside other than dust and cobwebs.


Some research showed me that it was older than it looks at more than 200 years of age.

The New White Lion was built in 1809 when the original Old White Lion inn and Middleton Old Road in Blackley was bypassed by the Rochdale Road turnpike.

The pub was originally a multi-roomed affair, with a resident headless monk ghost, who was linked to the old Blackley Hall which once stood nearby

Another more recent claim to fame is suggested by the Dick Turpin sign on the New White Lion, but this turned out to be a joke by the landlord, whose mate Richard Turpin used to help out at the pub.



After a little research that a certain GoonTuber had visited recently, I felt there may be a decent chance of getting inside and was right!

…’the New While Lion is not looking quite so new and shiny anymore’…

I had to check this claim and as noted above, it is a load of bollocks! In fact, Mr. Turpin died at the young age of 33 in the year 1739, some years before The New White Lion was built.


A highwayman was a perilous career and short-lived.




My initial reaction to stepping into this building was, 'watch your footing'. The upper level was extremely dodgy and had missing floorboards and holes everywhere.



One has to start learning to walk on beams or where you think they should be.

I almost got trapped in one room as the door closed behind me with no handle on my side. I managed to prise it open but struggled.


…’you can get trapped inside rooms if the door closes and you’re soloing’…

I know @dizzydiscovery would have opened it but it does highlight to me that you need to be careful.


Part of the upper floor was open to the elements with the usual chorus of pigeons.


One of the worst toilets I have ever seen resides in this area, we are all fortunate that the lid is closed.



The downstairs area was a little more exciting. A solitary old cigarette machine had been left behind.





The homeless as usual have had a try here and decided it was far too creepy to live here.


The bar was quite wrecked but there were signs that humans once lived here and it was a pub. Over 25's on the weekend days? It's no wonder they had no customers!




This partially burnt log was revealing and told me a lot about the state of the business.

Totally dead’, ‘Really quiet’, it tells the story of what was happening at The New White Lion and £30 for a 6-hour shift?

Was this the income of the pub in its last few months?


Someone is obsessed about keeping the door closed, this was not the only door I spotted this scribbled on.



Deep down in the cellar, we saw this room with a load of colourful graffiti. Otherwise, we saw little, why this room?


We found this old sleeping bag in the cellar, it was damp and wet there. They must have been desperate.



Pubs can be a mixed bag, some of them contain a few things, and this one had little, and where was the headless monk? I was hoping he would pop up and say hello, though without a head that may be quite hard.


I can’t imagine The New White Lion to be a listed building, so why is it still standing and making a mess of the visual imagery in the area?


Visited May 2020, with @dizzydiscovery.


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That commode is a classic tho.

Surprising it's so old, it looks a bit like the kind of build from the fifties in some respects.

Dick Turpin indeed. Looks like they deserved to be "Totally dead" :OD

Fuck Dick..., I was looking for the Headless Monk!

Hehe, that sounds wrong on many levels!

Hehe.., it does!

Filthy mare... :0D

So Dick Turpin Slept there but it was a case of “stand and don’t deliver “ ;)

It was all lies...


You mentioned in previous posts about some of the urbex folks liking to take pics of the insides of toilets. Looking at the toilet in this series, I sort of understand why. If the outside looks like that, what would the inside look like.

Thanks for the tour of the Lion!!!

I would like to re-iterate... no inside views of toilets, you really don't want to see what I see.

I feel like you have been to a place in the past called the White Lion. Obviously, this was a different one, but it still makes me think they aren't very creative with names over there :) That cigarette machine is like something out of Fall Out.

I have seen many White Lions, it's a common name.. but we do have some cool unique names as well.

I can literally imagine the smell. All musty, damp and dusty. I couldn't see any molds though. It does have an eerie feel to it.

As usual, I felt nothing. I rarely do, and if I did it might be a bad idea for me to do these.

TIP: I see you are new. Try voting for posts, you have made zero votes in the last seven days.

Thank you for the tip. Still nee here so I didn't think my votes will count for anything. Will do.

Still nee here so I didn't think my votes will count for anything.

They don't, but you should still use them, it won't be like that forever.

Oh wow. I see. Thank you.

.. and save your votes for posts, don't bother upvoting comments. You need a lot more HP to make a difference.

Yeah. I got that idea when I started. Thank you. I will do just that.

I need to make sure my tetanus shots are up to date after reading this.

You may have caught something just by reading this :)

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