This passage on Manchester Beat describes a pub in the 1960s called the Assize Courts opposite the Crown: "My first experience of smoking dope was in a pub called the Assize Court which was across the road from the Crown ." The Crown was a biker's pub "under the railway bridge before you got to the Cathedral " - and this area is near to where the old Assize Courts on Great Ducie Street, Strangeways, which would explain the name of the pub. If the Assize Courts was across the road from the Crown then it would probably have been around here where the MEN Arena is shown below. Anyone confirm or rubbish this theory? This photo from the Archives show the pub on Great Ducie Street in 1971, but was it at this spot?