1830 warehouse, Liverpool Road railway station

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1830 warehouse, Liverpool Road

The 1830 warehouse, Liverpool Road, Manchester, is a 19th-century warehouse that forms part of the Liverpool Road railway station complex. It was built in five months between April and September 1830, "almost certainly [to the designs of] the Liverpool architect Thomas Haigh".[1] The British Listed Buildings survey attributes the work to George Stephenson and his son, Robert.[2] It is a Grade I listed building as of 8 May 1972.[2]

The warehouse is of "red brick in Flemish bond, with sandstone dressings and slate roofs".[2] It is three storeys high, though only two storeys present to the level of the railway[2] to allow for direct loading and unloading. At the ground floor at street level, carts could also gain direct access. "The internal structure is of timber, but with cast-iron columns in the basement."[3]

The processing of goods within the warehouse was originally a manual operation but "steam-powered hoists [were] installed within a year as the manual system could not cope with the volume of goods".[3] The steam system of 1831 was replaced with a hydraulic system between 1866 and 1880 to increase efficiency.

The restoration of the warehouse was undertaken in 1992–6 by the Building Design Partnership.[3]


  1. ^ Hartwell et al. 2004, p 355-6
  2. ^ a b c d "Old Warehouse to North of Former Liverpool Road Railway Station, Manchester". British Listed Buildings. 
  3. ^ a b c Hartwell 2001, p 267


  • Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004), Lancashire: Manchester and the South East, The Buildings of England, New Haven, CT; London: Yale University Press, ISBN 0-300-10583-5 
  • Hartwell, Clare (2001), Manchester, Pevsner Architectural Guides, London: Penguin, ISBN 0-14-071131-7 

Coordinates: 53°28′39″N 2°15′28″W / 53.4774°N 2.2578°W / 53.4774; -2.2578