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Ancoats Hall

  • Built / Designed For: Oswald Mosley

    House & Family History: Ancoats Hall was an early 17th century timber framed house that was famous in 18th century the as the home of the Manchester Mummy, the embalmed body of Hannah Beswick. Hannah, who died in 1758, was displayed at Ancoats until her remains were moved to the Museum of the Manchester Natural History Society, where they remained until 1867. In 1868 Hannah Beswick's body was buried in an unmarked grave in Harpurhey Cemetery. Though there is no proof, in his 1883 book, "Lancashire Gleanings," William Axon mentions the story of the Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie, visiting the town, in disguise, in 1744 and staying with Oswald Mosley at Ancoats Hall for several weeks. The House was demolished in the early 19th century.

    House Replaced By: The 17th century house (the first house) was replaced by a Gothic style house in the early 19th century. By 1886 this second house was being used as the Manchester Art Museum. By the 1950s the second house had been abandoned and left in disrepair; in the 1960s it was demolished.

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Destroyed

  • Past Seat of: SEATED AT FIRST HOUSE: Oswald Mosley, early 17th century; Nicholas Mosley, mid-17th century; Sir John Mosley, late 18th century. William Rawlinson, late 18th century. George Murray, until 1827. SEATED AT SECOND HOUSE: George Murray, early 19th century; James Murray, mid-19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No