Manchester Hotel | Aldersgate Street | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.



Manchester Hotel – Aldersgate Street London

The Manchester Hotel, at the corner of Aldersgate Street and Long Lane was attacked by German bombs in December 1940, and gutted by the subsequent fire.

Opened in 1879, it was for years a rendezvous for buyers and sellers from the provinces, especially from the North; and for visitors who came to Town for football Cup finals.

It was used by juries sitting on murder trials at the Old Bailey, in one of the larger rooms they were locked up for the night under the watchful eyes of the City ushers.

The Manchester Hotel felt the competition of new hotels in the West End before the last war, and in 1914 closed its doors. Commandeered then by the Government, it was a hostel for a time for Jewish refugees from Belgium and Poland.

In 1919 it was much modernised and prospered again.

Manchester Hotel Aldersgate Street

Manchester Hotel Aldersgate Street

Manchester Hotel Aldersgate Street

Manchester Hotel Aldersgate Street


3 comments on “Manchester Hotel | Aldersgate Street | WW2 Photos
  1. John Lester says:

    My mum asked me to google this hotel. I found loads of images but she zoomed onto this one immediately.

    She was one of the many kids that would rush to the hotel to buy surplus cakes at a knock down price.

  2. I have just found my grandparents marriage certificate, dated 12th August 1911. My grand mother,Ellen Elizabeth Bennett gave the Manchester Hotel as her address.I seem to remember being told she had been a hotel matron/domestic manager.Is there any way of finding any proof of this?

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