London Road Fire Station is a mystery right in the heart of Manchester. It closed its doors in 1986, and since then very few people have been allowed inside. However, that’s all about to change, as there will be thrice-weekly guided tours throughout July and August. Visitors will be able to experience this early 20th century architectural gem, which also housed police and ambulance stations, a coroner’s court, and even a bank. One of the aims of these tours is to tell the stories of the people linked with the Station, from the firemen and their families, to the criminals in the cells. The tour was written by experienced local guide Jonathan Schofield, who will host most of the visits. After a contentious battle regarding its future, the Station was bought by developers last year, and it will soon be converted into a work and leisure hub – including a Zetter Hotel. So these tours are the last chance to see this iconic building in its original glory.
Sat 2 Jul – Sun 28 Aug, Meeting outside W.H. Smith, Piccadilly Station Approach, Manchester, M60 7RA, Sat, Sun & Thu only, times vary, £10, www.jonathanschofieldtours.com
- A. James Simpkin
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- Tue 2 Aug 2016