Monday, August 26, 2013

London Road Fire Station, Manchester

The fire station on London Road opened in 1906. It had a compliment 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 doors above were for the ambulances. The door below was the entrance to the deputy's house.

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 have actually materialised.

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

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

A contribution to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors and Our World Tuesday.


  1. What a gorgeous building with that detail, really a rarity nowadays! I hope that they do find it a suitable use. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  2. Great shots, interesting indeed :)

  3. Fantastic details. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great looking building!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  5. What a terrific history this building has, as well as the beauty that you are sharing with us. I'm glad it's being looked after.

  6. Beautiful photos! Nice to see the elegant doorways

  7. Such beautiful details. I hope it does find a new life as a hotel!

  8. Very nice and interesting post.
    And a nice atmosphere to your blog.
    Have a nice day! Greetings!

    Patricia & Daniel