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Police and Fire Station

A Grade II* Listed Building in City Centre, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4767 / 53°28'36"N

Longitude: -2.2325 / 2°13'57"W

OS Eastings: 384664

OS Northings: 397798

OS Grid: SJ846977

Mapcode National: GBR DMJ.8P

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.PW32

Entry Name: Police and Fire Station

Listing Date: 3 October 1974

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197918

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388288

Location: Manchester, M1

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: City Centre

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Manchester St Ann

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text


698-1/20/224 (West side)
03/10/74 Police and Fire Station


Police and fire station. 1901-6, by Woodhouse, Willoughby and
Langham. Red brick with liberal dressings of yellow
terracotta, slate roofs. Very large irregular quadrilateral
plan round a central courtyard, on triangular island site.
Ebullient Edwardian Baroque style, with turrets, domes, corner
tourelles, and tall south-east tower with domed belfry. Four
and 3 storeys, with attics, 3:1:4:1:4:1:3 bays to London Road,
symmetrical, with 4-storey 11-bay centre flanked by 3-storey
3-bay wings, banded terracotta ground floor, modillioned eaves
cornice. The 4-storey main range has a giant round-headed
central archway with banded surround and inner lintel lettered
"FIRE AND POLICE STATION", large square windows at ground
floor, coupled windows at 1st floor, a giant colonnaded screen
to the 2nd and 3rd floors with coupled columns on pedestals,
round-headed windows to 2nd floor and coupled windows to 3rd
floor, plain frieze and moulded cornice, a balustraded parapet
with central upstand lettered "ERECTED ANNO DOMINI MDCCCCV",
and end turrets finished with Baroque cupolas which have
life-sized terracotta statues seated at the corners. The 3-bay
wings, in similar style, have (inter alia) central windows
with elaborate architraves including balconies at 1st floor, a
domed turret to the left and a corner tourelles to the right.
The very long facades to Fairfield Street (left return) and
Whitworth Street (right return) are in generally similar style
(without the colonnade and cupolas), but including 4
open-pedimented bays (segmental in Whitworth Street) and with
a series of round-headed arched fire-engine doorways to
Fairfield Street; and the narrow west end is slightly simpler.
The inner courtyard has (inter alia) iron balconies to 3
levels of the 3 main ranges (serving domestic accommodation),
with standards in Art Nouveau style. An ambitious building
with much good detail of the period, in unusually complete

Listing NGR: SJ8466497798

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