Newly discovered wells – some of which date back to the Victorian era – will be used by Mayfield Park for a new sustainable method of irrigation. The park’s trees and plants will be kept nurtured avoiding the burden of a mains supply.

Archaeologists managed to locate 12 wells along with a large Victorian bathhouse as they were recording the historic features of the Mayfield site. Only three of the wells remain viable as the other nine were found backfilled or damaged, with the largest well of the 12 initially being used in the late 19th and early 20th century to supply the 1830 Britannia Brewery. The brewery was described by the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser in 1888 as “one of the most important in Lancashire”.

With the 6.5-acre public park sitting behind Piccadilly station, it will provide the public with a new city centre green space for the first time in 100 years. After the area had laid unused since the 1980s, the land became part of a new regeneration scheme with plans to create 1,500 new homes alongside office, leisure and retail space.

Find out more about the development of Mayfield Park, visit the Mayfield website via the link below.


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Mon 12 Jul, Mayfield Park,
11 Baring Street, Manchester M1 2PY
Mia Duthil-McArthur
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Mon 12 Jul 2021