Shelters and Hostels

The Methodist Women's Night Shelter, on the east corner of Great Ancoats Street and George Leigh Street, opened in 1899. By W. R. Sharp, of four storeys on a narrow site with an oversailing timbered atticGlossary Term storey and an orielGlossary Term to Great Ancoats Street. There was a coffee tavern on the ground floor, and the rest was divided between a night shelter, a home for women needing 'further care and discipline' and a home for domestic servants, who were being offered an alternative to the moral perils of the lodging house.

Nearby, on Hood Street, is the Methodist Men's Hostel by J. Gibbons-Sankey, dated 1903. Its sheer size gives some idea of the demand for decent lodgings and the strength of Methodist commitment to social service. It is not wholly utilitarian either, with buff and brown terracottaGlossary Term banding and a central pedimented entrance bayGlossary Term flanked by turrets which were formerly domed. It had lodgings for weekly boarders, day lodgers and casuals, accommodated in cubicles, each with its own window.



Small top storey within a roof. Also the storey above the main entablature of a classical fa


Division of an elevation or interior space as defined by regular vertical features such as arches, columns, windows etc.


A bay window which rests on corbels or brackets and starts above ground level.


Moulded and fired clay ornament or cladding; when glazed and coloured or left white often called faience.