Great Ancoats Street

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Brownsfield Mill, seen from Great Ancoats Street
The Ibis hotel

Great Ancoats Street is a street in the inner suburb of Ancoats, Manchester, England. Much of Great Ancoats Street was originally named Ancoats Lane and was the location of Ancoats Hall.[1] The street passed through a thriving manufacturing area during the 19th century. It was in close proximity to the Ashton and Rochdale canals. A number of cotton mills built in the early and mid-Victorian period are nearby, some of which have been converted into residential or office buildings, such as Albion Mills.[2] The Pin Mill Works at the junction with Fairfield Street was a late 18th-century pin works, that became a cotton mill run by J & J Thompson and works for dyeing and calico-printing.[3] Brownsfield Mill, a Grade II* listed building, was built in 1825.

In 1939 the Grade II* listed Daily Express Building designed by engineer, Sir Owen Williams was built on the street.[4] In the 1980s, a significant area by Great Ancoats Street was redeveloped as Central Retail Park, which has been described as a "row of big-box stores fronted by sterile parking space".[2] It contains branches of Toys "R" Us, Mothercare and others. An Ibis hotel is at the corner of Pollard Street, south of the Ashton Canal and there are other hotels including a Travelodge and The City Warehouse Aparthotel near the junction with Oldham Road and where Great Ancoats Street becomes Swan Street. The street has been reported as being gentrified.[5]

Great Ancoats street forms the western boundary of the regenerated New Islington area of Manchester on the side of the Rochdale Canal.



  1. ^ Farrer, William; Brownbill, J, eds. (1911), "Townships: Manchester (part 2 of 2)", A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4, British History Online, pp. 230–251, retrieved 3 October 2014
  2. ^ a b Knox 2012, p. 5
  3. ^ Ashmore 1982, p. 110
  4. ^ Hartwell 2002, p. 285
  5. ^ Vaglio, Luca (8 September 2014). "Manchester e Liverpool. Diario di una rinascita". La Repubblica. Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso. Retrieved 3 October 2014.


  • Ashmore, Owen (1982), The Industrial Archaeology of North-west England, Manchester University Press, ISBN 978-0-7190-0820-7
  • Hartwell, Clare (2002), Manchester, Pevsner Architectural Guides, Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0-300-09666-8
  • Knox, Paul (2012), Palimpsests: Biographies of 50 City Districts. International Case Studies of Urban Change, Walter de Gruyter, ISBN 978-3-0346-1212-8

Coordinates: 53°28′51″N 2°13′30″W / 53.48083°N 2.22500°W / 53.48083; -2.22500

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