The Portrack Hotel

The Portrack Hotel in truth is located on Portrack Lane at the corner of what is now St. Ann’s Terrace. In the 1890’s it was on the corner of Portrack lane and a clay pit. A few yards to east of the pit was Portrack Road. At that time Portrack lane was known as Portrack Lane East. I have bee trying to make some sense of the odd house numbering system in Portrack Lane and suspect that the date of the pubs construction/opening might throw some light on the subject. Does anyone know when it was built?

Photograph and details courtesy of Derek Wade.

7 thoughts on “The Portrack Hotel

  1. This is now the last pub in Portrack. It is now owned outright by Mr Ian McGlade, a hard working bloke and a distant relative of mine. I am sure I can think of ten pubs that used to exist along Portrack Lane and side streets, counting the Conservative Club in Barrett Street. Who can remember them?


  2. It appears that the Malleable Works was quite open to all at around 1900.My Grandmother Florence Starr said that kids could go and watch the red hot iron being manufactured. I would guess that wrought iron was still being produced at that time.

    The puddling process used to make wrought iron was very heavy and dangerous work. It involved dragging white hot balls of wrought iron out of the furnace, about the size of a football, and then sq


  3. The Portrack Hotel was in existence as early as 1869.An inquest into the death of a young boy named Francis Ross was held at the hotel by coroner John Settle on 29 November 1869.Francis had been sent to the Malleable Iron works with his brothers breakfast.As he was leaving he accidentally fell into a “bosh” (a trough filled with water,and used for the cooling of the puddlers red hot irons.He was fully submerged and despite being quickly pulled out he died the following day.A verdict of accidental death by scalding was given.Francis was aged 9 and the son of Edward Ross,an iron roller at the Malleable works.


  4. The 1899 map showing Portrack Lane East shows only 6 houses in St Ann’s Road, later renamed St Ann’s Terrace. From the last house it looks as if the clay pit was still there. On the opposite side is shown all the houses, including a Chapel which became the Baptist Chapel. Number 75 Portrack Lane was occupied by an innkeeper, a Mrs H.J.Mellin according to the 1899 map and that could possibly be the Portrack Hotel. Also at Number 75 was a Mrs I.Simpson, a grocer.


    • How can I get a photo of the six houses as I think they might be the houses I lived in as a kid 1950 till 1963.
      Also my grandad and grandma lived in no 5 St Anns Tce, William Wood, can’t remember grandma’s name, my uncle Ernie lived there too.


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