The Admiral Lord Rodney opened in the 1820s, straddling Howe Street and Rodney Street on Pollard Street, fronting a row of back-to-back dwellings . Later, the Pollard Street Brewery replaced these tiny houses and Rodney Place to the north and east. In 1869, John Taylor was licensee of the Lord Rodney and by the 1920s he'd built up John Taylor & Co Ltd into an estate of 18 pubs and beerhouses and 24 off-licences around Manchester. He sold up to Walker & Homfray in 1929 and the pub passed to Wilsons before it closed in 1972 .
Admiral Lord Rodney, Pollard Street, Ancoats, 1849. (c) Alan Godfrey Maps .
In the 1930s, Mick Burke used to sell his fruit & veg outside the Lord Rodney. "Most of my customers came from the [back-to-back] dwellings and Stevenson's box works... I would get £30 a week from the Lord Rodney pitch. The landlady of the Rodney was a widow, a nice woman. I would sometimes pull pints for her and the women of Stevenson's would joke about me being the landlord ."
2. Ancoats 1849, Alan Godfrey Maps (2011).