Like a gigantic fossil from Manchester’s industrial past, Mayfield Depot Station is a feat of engineering which demands discovery. With its endless iron columns lining an expansive indoor space, the abandoned station has known many different guises and functions in its time. Here to share these stories of both the building and the people who’ve used it, is respected Manchester tour guide, Jonathan Schofield.
Walk through the darkened interior and learn about the station when it was still the powerhouse behind Manchester’s railways and how it became abandoned to later be used as the backdrop in one of the first-ever zombie films. Then head out into the light and explore the glorious rooftop of the depot. It’s fascinating to see how the formerly busy platforms of the Mayfield Depot Station have been reclaimed by nature and offer an almost chilling dystopian glimpse of a world without people.
After hearing about Mayfield Depot’s past, Jonathan will invite you to look at what it may come to look like in the future. The site is currently undergoing a one billion pound regeneration and, until then, it’s a dramatic venue for arts, music and culture to live – breathing new life into an iconic space which should not have been forgotten.
Jonathan Schofield is known as the man who wrote the book on Manchester (literally). His knowledge is unbeatable and the stories are always delivered through his charismatic personality.
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