Longsight Hotel, Redgate Lane, Belle Vue, 1960s. (c) Jill Cronin & Frank Rhodes .
The Longsight Hotel was situated at the Longsight Entrance, or Western Entrance, to Belle Vue Gardens. It was close to Longsight Railway Station, which had opened in 1842, and trams brought passengers here from Market Street in Manchester city centre every three minutes .
Longsight Hotel, Redgate Lane, 1907. (c) Jill Cronin & Frank Rhodes .
The hotel opened in 1851 at a cost of £1,000 and it had a 500-capacity ballroom on the upper floor . As pictured top, the rare sight of a Truman's signage showed the pub offering Burton Ales and London Stout. Perhaps this was due to the proximity of the London & Northwestern Railway.
Longsight Hotel, Redgate Lane, 1985. (c) Jill Cronin & Frank Rhodes .
The Longsight Entrance and the Longsight Hotel are shown here in 1968 and in 1970. In 1985 the Longsight Hotel was finally demolished (pictured above just prior to destruction) while the ballroom had already been demolished in the 1950s .
Former location of Longsight Hotel, Redgate Lane. (c) Google 2014. View Larger Map.
The Longsight estate pub on Kirkmansulme Lane was built to replace the Longsight Hotel but this was also lost in the mid-2000s. Housing has been built around here, but Redgate Lane still runs towards nothing in particular.
1. Belle Vue, Jill Cronin & Frank Rhodes (1999).