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Former Newton Street Police Station

A Grade II Listed Building in Ancoats and Clayton, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4825 / 53°28'56"N

Longitude: -2.2326 / 2°13'57"W

OS Eastings: 384663

OS Northings: 398444

OS Grid: SJ846984

Mapcode National: GBR DMG.8M

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.PQ2M

Plus Code: 9C5VFQJ8+XX

Entry Name: Former Newton Street Police Station

Listing Date: 6 June 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1246269

English Heritage Legacy ID: 454814

Location: Piccadilly, Manchester, M1

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: Ancoats and Clayton

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Manchester Cathedral

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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NEWTON STREET (north west side)
No.57A, Greater Manchester Police Museum
Former Newton Street Police Station

(Formerly listed as former Newton Street Police Station, No.57A,NEWTON STREET (North West side))

Police station, now police museum. 1879 by J.H Lynde, altered 1902 by City Surveyor. Red brick in English bond with sandstone dressings and slate roof. L-shaped with principal facade to Newton Street and long Faraday Street façade.

Two storeys and four bays with plinth, alternating ground-floor quoins to street angle, broad band over ground floor, first-floor sill-band, string course, parapet with prominent moulded cornice and blocking course. Round-headed doorway to second bay, with moulded surround including keystone and fluted consoles to a pediment on the band, panelled door with lion knockers and carved city arms in tympanum. Window over the door is narrower, all windows segmental-headed with drip-moulds, stone imposts and keystones. Wooden mullion-and-transom glazing incorporating sliding sashes. Partially-embedded cast-iron downpipes at left and between bays 3 and 4.

Seven-bay return to Faraday Street with a short return of the cornice and string course, and similar details with windows to both floors alternately narrow and wide. Then a single-storey continuation with very tall rectangular panelled and corniced chimney stack set back and spanning the junction. The plinth and bands continue and there is a segmental-headed doorway with quoined surround and city arms in tympanum, with stone above the band inscribed ‘A. DIVISION/ POLICE STATION'. Alternating quoins to the angle with Little Lever Street.

History: originally built as a defensible building comprising a linear range fronting Faraday Street (still Friday Street in 1891), with rear outshut to east of centre, and detached mortuary in rear yard surrounded by a high wall (also to Newton Street). The largely-blind west end of the Faraday Street façade indicates the original appearance of the whole. Central chimney first marked on 1922 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey (OS) map but thought to be original. The station was substantially rebuilt in 1902. The wing towards Newton Street, with male cells, parade room above and rear outshut, was replaced by the L-shaped, two-storey weights and measures office and workshop, with a glazed courtyard behind. The rear outshut was removed at ground floor with the first floor supported on columns in the courtyard. A new outshut was added to the west of centre for the charge office. A new parade room was built over the surviving (female) cell wing.

The police station closed in 1979 and was converted to a museum in 1981. In 2000, the rescued interior of Denton Police Court (1895) was installed in the 1902 parade room. The mortuary in the rear yard was demolished in the late-C20.

Listing NGR: SJ8466398444

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