London Road Fire Station :: Shared Description

The fire station on London Road opened in 1906. It had a complement of 30 men, 10 horses and 6 fire engines. The first motorised fire appliance did not appear until 1911. In addition to a fire station with accompanying workshops, stables and control room, the site also housed a police station, an ambulance station, a bank, a Coroner's Court, and a gas-meter testing station as well as housing for the fire chief and his deputy and apartments for 32 firemen's families who were provided with a gymnasium, laundry, children's play area and a billiard room.

The building was Grade II* listed in 1974 LinkExternal link and in 2001, it was placed on English Heritage's Buildings at Risk Register.

The premises began a gradual wind-down in 1974 and closed as a fire station in 1986 when it was sold to Britannia Hotels who proposed turning it into a luxury hotel but no plans actually materialised.

In 2013 the group Friends of London Road Fire Station LinkExternal link was formed. It is a community trust working to bring the London Road Fire Station in Manchester back into positive use through a sympathetic, multi-purpose redevelopment for the benefit of the community as soon as possible.

In 2015 the building was purchased by the group Allied London LinkExternal link and serious restoration work began in 2018.
by Gerald England
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SJ8497 : Restoring Manchester's Heritage by Gerald England
SJ8497 : Echo Street by Thomas Nugent
SJ8497 : Wrapped in scaffolding by Gerald England
SJ8497 : Former London Road Fire Brigade HQ tower by Thomas Nugent
SJ8497 : London Road during the coronavirus pandemic by Gerald England
SJ8497 : London Road Fire Station by David Dixon
SJ8497 : Fire Station Entrance, London Road by David Dixon
SJ8497 : Manchester - former London Road Fire Station by Dave Bevis
SJ8497 : London Road Fire Station tower by Thomas Nugent
SJ8497 : Former police station and fire station, London Road by Christopher Hilton
SJ8497 : Echo Street by Thomas Nugent
SJ8497 : London Road Fire Station Manchester by Dave Pickersgill
SJ8497 : Scaffolding on the old Fire Station by Gerald England
SJ8497 : London Road and the Old Fire Station by David Dixon
SJ8497 : London Road by Gerald England
SJ8497 : A vision of the future by Gerald England
SJ8497 : Fire station and Police Station by N Chadwick
SJ8497 : Old Fire Station, London Road by David Dixon
SJ8497 : London Road fire station tower by Gerald England
SJ8497 : London Road Fire Station tower by Thomas Nugent
SJ8497 : NW corner dome of Old Fire Station by Gerald England
SJ8497 : The view from platform 13 by Gerald England
SJ8497 : The old Fire Station by Ian Greig
SJ8497 : Looking down London Road by Gerald England
SJ8497 : Old fire station, London Road, Manchester by Jaggery

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Created: Sat, 24 Aug 2013, Updated: Mon, 8 Apr 2019

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