Mendel's Hotel (named after proprietor, the father of Sam Mendel) on Bridge Street was on this corner of Dolefield in the early part of the 1800s. Where today we see the Manchester Civil Justice Centre in the background, two hundred years ago there was a similar building of justice adjacent to Mendel's Hotel - the Police Court . Mendel's opened in anticipation of increased footfall from passengers travelling between Market Street and the Liverpool Road Bus (stagecoach) station, as Bridge Street was on the main thoroughfare between these two transport hubs. However, custom never lived up to expectation and it was closed, being occupied as a Children's Hospital, and then by a furnishing company . By 1849 it was a nondescript carpet warehouse .
Mendel's Hotel, Bridge Street, extract from Manchester As It Is, Benjamin Love .
1. Manchester Notes and Queries, Ed. J. H. Nodal (1878).
2. Manchester City Centre 1849, Alan Godfrey Maps (2008).
3. Manchester as it is, Benjamin Love (1839).