The Crescent pub, loved by generations of drinkers, had its doors locked today with notices pinned on stating 'Closed Until Further Notice'.
The Grade II listed pub, built in the 1860s and originally called the Red Dragon, was bought by Chinese investors, Kaixiang Liu and Caiwen Ban in June 2016 for a stated price of £325,000, and it was feared then that the building would be in peril from developers.
As well as a reputation for its real ale and myths surrounding Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels enjoying a drink there, The Crescent has also recently become a top venue for live music and jam nights (see here) but it appears that last night the bar staff could have pulled their final pint.
The Crescent is almost next door to the historic Black Horse pub which bulldozers continued to clear this afternoon to make way for Fred Done's controversial development on the Crescent (see here). It's feared that The Crescent pub could go the same way – although it is Grade II listed.
The Salford Star is still gathering facts on The Crescent's future, and will update this article as soon as possible.
In the meantime, The Crescent fans on Facebook have called for regulars to go to The Old Pint Pot at 8pm tonight for a remembrance drink...
Update: 9th August: The Crescent closure permanent 'unless a miracle occurs' - click here