On Tuesday 2nd August a group of 35 people attended the ‘Forever Manchester Special’ London Road Fire and Police Station Tour. Leading Manchester tour guide Jonathan Schofield, who organised and wrote the tour, kindly donated all its proceeds to Forever Manchester.


The tour began at 6pm at the top of Piccadilly Station approach which gave a fantastic view of the astonishing exterior of the 1906 building which contained the Fire Station, Police Station, Ambulance services and Coroners Courts as well as residential flats.

Jonathan then guided the tour goers around each side of the building, providing thorough explanation of the architectural features.

Entering via the impressive gates on London Road, the tour opened out to the great courtyard where Jonathan explained all the distinct areas together with fabulous stories of what went on when the building was in full use between 1906 and 1986.

After viewing the Engine Room filled with exquisite detail and craftsmanship and the original fire poles, guests were taken across the courtyard to the workshops. On the day of the tour it was announced that this part of the building is to be converted into a swanky boutique hotel

From the workshops, guests visited the magnificent Coroner’s Court, a celebration in mahogany and stained glass and a place of pure atmosphere and drama. Jonathan invited Paul Haworth, Forever Manchester’s Marketing Director, to take to the dock to say a few words about the charity.

Commenting on the tour, Paul said: “It was a great privilege to have the opportunity to go inside this magnificent iconic Manchester building, and I’d like to say a special thank you to Jonathan for hosting this excellent tour and donating the proceeds to Forever Manchester.”

Further tours of the London Road Fire Station are planned for the remainder of August and is a must-do tour for anyone that in interested in the history of Manchester.

To book on Jonathan’s tours please go to: www.jonathanschofieldtours.com