Pubs of Manchester

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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Ladyman's Hotel / Commercial Hotel, Bridge Street

Ladyman's Hotel, Bridge Street, extract from Manchester As It Is, Benjamin Love [1].

This hotel was half way down Bridge Street on the left hand side from Deansgate (see map at ManchesterHistory [1]).  Originally the Ladyman's Hotel, several societies of Victorian Manchester used to meet here, including the Choral and Harmonic Society who held their concerts and annual ball, and the rather seedy-sounding Gentleman's Glee Club.  However, the dilapidated state of the main room at the Ladyman, partly caused by a fire, caused the Gentleman's Club to remove to the Clarence Hotel and it eventually ended up at the Albion Club [2].  The hotel finished its time as the Commercial Hotel under John Hayward in the mid-1800s [3].  After its closure the hotel became the London Music Hall, then the Queen's Theatre after a fire and rebuild, and finally the Royal Amphitheature and Circus.  This itself was demolished around 1911 [4] and now the Masonic Hall stands in its place.

Queen's Theatre, former Ladyman's / Commercial Hotel. (c) [1].

2. Manchester as it is, Benjamin Love (1839).
3. Manchester City Centre 1894, Alan Godfrey Maps (2008)

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