Wednesday, October 14, 2009
ABC Wednesday - M is for Mayfield Station
Look South as you enter or leave Piccadilly Station, Manchester on the train and you will these old sheds. They are in fact the covers over the platforms at Mayfield Station.
Across Fairfield Street from Piccadilly is the once-grand entrance to Mayfield. A lower-resolution version of my photograph is included in the Wikipedia entry on the station.
As this photograph taken from Platform 14 at Piccadilly shows, the only building between the two stations is the Star and Garter public house.
Mayfield station was built alongside Piccadilly in 1910 to handle the ever increasing number of trains using the station. A short viaduct diverts away from the Piccadilly line into the terminus at Mayfield which was mainly used by suburban services to the south such as Buxton, Crewe and Macclesfield.
In the late 50s, it was used as an overspill during electrification and modernisation work at Piccadilly Station. When work was complete all trains used Piccadilly and Mayfield closed for good.
It was converted into a parcels depot in 1970 when Royal Mail constructed a sorting office on St Andrews street on the far side of Piccadilly. An overhead conveyor bridge connected the two buildings. The parcels depot was closed in 1986; Mayfield has stood silent ever since.
This view is from the bridge over the River Medlock on Baring Street. Although signs and street maps name it Baring Street, the plaque on the bridge commemorates the reconstruction of the Boardman Street Bridge by the Corporation of Manchester in 1907. An internet search for Boardman Street only revealed a reference to Boardman Street in this area in a 19th century census.
Phill Davison and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. There are many more photographs on Phill's account of The Ghost Station of Manchester.
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