Lake Hotel, Hyde Road, Belle Vue. (c) D.N. at ManMates Facebook .
The Lake Hotel, pictured above thanks to the ManMates Facebook site , stood on the corner of Kirkmanshulme Lane and Hyde Road at Belle Vue. It was built in 1876 at the edge of the Great Lake, a man-made lake at Belle Vue Gardens - a detailed history of the Lake Hotel can be found by David Boardman at the highly-recommended and hugely detailed Manchester History site .
Location of Lake Hotel, Hyde Road, Belle Vue. (c) wikipedia.
A plan of the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens shows the Lake Hotel at the top left on a triangular site. It was a big place with on the ground floor three smoke rooms and a private room around a central bar, whilst upstairs there were two sitting rooms, two dining rooms and a billiards room with seven bedrooms on the second floor .
Lake Hotel, Hyde Road, Belle Vue. (c) Google 2013. View Larger Map.
The Lake Hotel closed in the late 1970s by which time it had become run down and unprofitable . Not before some decent acts played, such as James 'Little' Booker, in October 1977 . I remember the Lake Hotel still standing in the 1980s but at some point it was demolished and has been replaced with another hotel, Diamond Lodge.
Lake Hotel, Hyde Road, Belle Vue. (c) Manchester District Music Archive .