The ageing red brick facade of the partially-roofless Manchester Mayfield Railway Station is visible from platform 13 and 14 of the northern city’s impressive Piccadilly Station. Also known as the Mayfield Depot, the former station has been the subject of numerous ambitious proposals with the most recent prospect being a cultural venue similar to the Old Truman Brewery in London.
Mayfield Station on Fairfield Street was originally opened by the London and North Western Railway in 1910 to alleviate pressure on Piccadilly’s predecessor, Manchester London Road. In its heyday, Mayfield was a relief station, linked to neighbouring London Road via a footbridge.
The station became redundant in 1960 when London Road was reopened after extension work and renamed Manchester Piccadilly. In 1970, Mayfield Station began a second career as the Mayfield Depot, serving a Royal Mail sorting office which had been built nearby. But the Mayfield Depot closed in 1986 and, three years later, the tracks were removed and the former station was abandoned.
Mayfield was considered important enough to be repaired after suffering bomb-damage during World War Two but now its wooden floors are dangerously brittle and an internal fire has gutted some parts of the four-platform station. After the structure successfully featured in the 2013 Manchester International Festival, the Mayfield Depot Partnership planned to transform the location into a unique cultural space which may even become a 2015 venue for Manchester’s popular Warehouse Project club nights.