Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now London Road Fire Station

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now London Road Fire Station

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WELCOME to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now.

This week it's the turn of London Road Fire Station, a Manchester landmark since 1906.

The building cost £142,000 to erect and was designed in the Edwardian baroque style.

As well as the fire station, it housed a police station, ambulance station, a coroner's court, bank and a gas-meter testing station.

The Grade II listed building was operational for 80 years.

Firemen, their families and horse-drawn appliances were all housed at London Road.

There were flats for 32 firefighters and their families and six single firemen.

The building also had its own laundry, gym, children's play area and even a billiards room.

Responses to fire alerts were speeded up by electric bells and lights, poles to slide down, electric doors and suspended harnesses so the horses could be quickly connected to the appliances. …

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