The Ancoats Hotel used to face the Cotton Tree on Great Ancoats Street, and was the next pub along from the Whitehouse as you travel along 'The Lane' towards New Cross. It was previously known as the Houldsworth Arms, after the local mill owner, race horse owner and MP, Thomas Houldsworth , and ran by Robert George Stracey . Around 1852 it became known as the Big Tub until it was rebuilt as the Ancoats Hotel in the 1930s. It was owned by the Manchester Brewery, Walker & Homfrays, Wilsons as seen here in the '70s, Greenhall Whitley and then finally as a freehouse in 1986. It didn't last much longer, and neither did the whole row of buildings which were pulled down to leave the empty plots which remain today.
1. The Old Pubs of Ancoats, Neil Richardson (1987).
2. Manchester (Piccadilly) 1849, Alan Godfrey Maps (2009).