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Buying a round Work starts this week relocating a pair of timber framed pubs in central Manchester. David Hayward went to find out why and Len Grant took the photos.

This time next year regulars at Manchester's Old Wellington Inn, and Sinclairs Oyster Bar next door, should be enjoying a pint in familiar surroundings seemingly unchanged for years. Everything around them - even creaks in the uneven floor and tobacco stains on the ceiling - will be as it always has been.

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