Bee Hive, Oldham Road, Ancoats. (c) Manchester Local Image Collection. Click here to view full image.
The Bee Hive was described as one of the best pubs in Ancoats, frequented by "moochers" (modern-day scallies or pissheads?) who would mither punters for a ha'penny or penny, the price of a drink. The Bee Hive had been the house of a painter, Joseph Townley, before he opened the beerhouse which lasted until 1945. By 1948 it was a tripe shop , but the Chesters Ales & Stout signage and bee hive mural lasted into the '60s, as seen in 1960 and 1961. The exact location of the Bee Hive was opposite Livesey Street, a spot which today has been built over with the slight diversion of Butler Street.
1. The Old Pubs of Ancoats, Neil Richardson (1987).