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Former Police and Ambulance Station

A Grade II Listed Building in Ancoats and Clayton, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4865 / 53°29'11"N

Longitude: -2.2319 / 2°13'54"W

OS Eastings: 384710

OS Northings: 398885

OS Grid: SJ847988

Mapcode National: GBR DMF.D6

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.PMDK

Entry Name: Former Police and Ambulance Station

Listing Date: 20 January 1992

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1292052

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388149

Location: Manchester, M4

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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Listing Text



(North East side)
Former Police and Ambulance Station


Former police and fire station. Mid to later C19, altered and
part reduced. Red brick with some sandstone ashlar, hipped
slate roofs. Rectangular plan on island site incorporating
office and domestic block on west side, cell range to south of
this, with tall chimney stack, and fire engine garage on east
side, all within a curtain wall. One, 2 and 4 storeys, with
basements. Curtain wall with sandstone ashlar plinth,
rusticated quoins to the angles, plain cornice and parapet
carried round. The principal feature of the entrance front on
the west side is the gable end of the 4-storey main block,
which has a 3-bay facade of ashlar, in classical style, the
ground floor pilastered and panelled, with a cornice, a giant
arcade of round-headed blank arches to the upper floors, with
plain pilasters, moulded imposts and moulded heads with volute
keystones, frieze with raised lettering "POLICE STATION B
DIVISION", a prominent modillioned cornice, and a balustraded
parapet with carved shield of Arms in the centre (with lion
and unicorn supporters) under a segmental pediment. To the
left is a short rebuilt section of the curtain wall containing
a square-headed wagon doorway with square cast-iron pillars,
and left of this the ground floor facade of a formerly similar
tall block on this corner. To the right of the main block the
curtain wall is blind, and rising above it is a tall
rectangular chimney with panelled sides and stone cornice with
brackets. The right-hand return wall, which includes the south
end of a 2-storey block (containing 1st-floor drill hall) has
2 small and 2 large doorways (all apparently inserted
doorways). The east side is almost filled by a colonnade of 13
garage doorways with square panelled cast-iron columns and
wooden lintels. Interior: many original features including
offices with domestic quarters above, prison cells with plain
wooden bunks, etc. Representative of growth of administrative
institutions of large city; strikingly defensive design,
making an interesting comparison with the later Police and
Fire Station in London Road (q.v.).

Listing NGR: SJ8471098885

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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