The Lass 'O' Gowrie

The Lass 'O' Gowrie pub occupies a site on Charles Street beside the bridge that carries the street over the River Medlock and between the street and the railway viaduct.  This area was once one of the poorest in the city which, based upon the origin of many of its residents, was known as "Little Ireland".  The pub website says of its history: "Legend has it that the original landlord of the pub was not an Irishman, but a proud, homesick Scotsman who named the pub in honour of his favourite poem - 'the Lass O'Gowrie' written by the celebrated Scottish poet Lady Carolina Nairne."

The pub appears on the 1844 map of the area.

The Slaters Directory of Manchester & Salford indicated that in 1895 the Lass 'O' Gowrie's landlord was Charles Nolan.  By 1909 the directory indicated that James Wagstaffe was the landlord.

The red arrow on the aerial image below indicates the pub in 1946.  As you can see the area had a lot more housing in those days.

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