Housing in Ancoats

Photograph of Ancoats, 1895

Photograph of Ancoats, 1895 

Much of the housing in Ancoats was built quickly and cheaply, and more than half the homes had no private plumbing. Houses were divided to provide accommodation for the poorest families and cellars were let separately. Despite these hardships, the prospect of employment drew many people to the area, particularly immigrants escaping worse poverty in Ireland and Italy. 

Housing in Ancoats