1858 John Jennison leased a triangular area of land at
the junction of Hyde Road and Kirkmanshulme Lane. It was
here that he created the Great Lake. The first lake was
circular but in 1876 it was enlarged and made into more
of a pear-shape. It was in July of that year that he
opened the Lake Hotel and the Lake Entrance, both
designed to take advantage of the opening of the nearby
Belle Vue Railway Station.
The Lake Hotel can be seen in the background on the far shore of the lake.
The building had a cellar level as well as rooms on the ground, first and second floors. The plans for the building were drawn up by the Manchester architect, Charles Jennison. The plans still exist, mounted on oilskin, at Chetham's Library in Manchester.
Since the plans were difficult to photograph, I made my own humble drawings from them. This should, at least, help you to see how the rooms on each floor were used.
The end of the Lake Hotel. This image was taken not long before it closed for good, later to be demolished.
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