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Monday, 24 January 2011

Crescent / Brick House, Great Ancoats Street / Back Crescent

The Crescent, Great Ancoats Street, 1960s. (c) Neil Richardson [1].

The Crescent, an old Chesters beerhouse on Great Ancoats Street, is pictured here in 1959 on the corner of Tame Street, which used to run parallel with and just west of Every Street.  The vault was popular with "Chesters men" while the women used the lounge where Country & Western music would predominate.  Other beers on offer in this popular local in the '70s were cask Whitbread Trophy, Heineken and Guinness [2].  The Crescent later became the Brick House but was pulled down in 1986, after good innings of almost one and a half centuries - the earliest recorded beerhouse keeper was George Crossley in 1843 [1].  This part of Great Ancoats Street was widened in the late 1980s so the exact former location of the Crescent is not immediately obvious; the 1849 map of Higher Ardwick shows it was originally on the corner of Back Crescent and Mount Street, just set back from the main road [3].

Crescent, Back Crescent, Ancoats. (c) Alan Godfrey Maps [3].

1. The Old Pubs of Ancoats, Neil Richardson (1987).
2. The Manchester Pub Guide, Manchester & Salford City Centres (1975).
3. Upper Ardwick 1849, Alan Godfrey Maps (2000).

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