Talk:London Road Fire Station, Manchester

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November 13, 2010 Good article nominee Listed


  • Fire brigade left site in 1980s. Building in serious decline, campaign momentum for doing something with building - Dillon, Martin (23 January 2004), Alarm bell rings for fire station, Manchester Evening News 
  • Argent propose cultural, music and arts venue. Compulsory Purchase order not ruled out - Fire station's cultural future, Manchester Evening News, 17 January 2006 
  • Manchester City Council set deadline of July 2009 for agreement to buy or launch a compulsory purchase order. Britannia responded to Argent with their own proposal.-Thame, David (28 May 2009), Burning issue at fire station, Manchester Evening News, retrieved 30 December 2009 

Further sources[edit]

  • "the finest fire station in this round world" - Fire Call magazine 1902
  • Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum
  • Greater Manchester County Records Office.


Plan showing the layout of the building
  Fire Station
  Ambulance Station
  Police Station
  Gas Meter Testing Station
  Coroner's Court

Hi All! I thought it would be useful to have a plan on the page to better visualise the uses of the building. I haven't put it on the main article page yet as there are a few issues, which I'm unsure about (I've also uploaded it to en wiki rather than commons for the time being):

  1. Copyright: The image is derived from File:OS Street View SJ89NW.jpg. I used the image as a base, however, I had to largely had to completely redraw it. For example, I needed to get rid of pixelation when the image was enlarged, as well as some unwanted details. As I understand we are free to derive images from the base image as long as we attribute Ordnance Survey. However, the copyright regarding the production of maps (where the production uses either a copyrighted map or satellite image) has always been a one I am unsure of.
  2. Format: I know that the format should probably be SVG. However, I'm using quite an old version of Paint Shop Pro (7) which can't save in SVG. The nearest vector formats I could get are either PSP's native format, WMF/EMF or PostScript.
  3. Quality: Is it ok? My drawing abilities aren't great. If anyone else wants to improve it, please feel free. I have the original in native PSP format if it is of any use.

Pit-yacker (talk) 15:22, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

It looks good to me. If you want it saved in SVG try leaving a request at Wikipedia:Graphic Lab/Image workshops or maybe PoD could help you out. I do think there is a problem with some of the photos though - the top two are OK but the other four are not so good. That blue tinge they have is probably to do with the camera you've used - I have a compact digital that sometimes produces images like that. If you like, I could try and get down there in the next few days and take some more. Richerman (talk) 15:57, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, some better photos would be useful. Pit-yacker (talk) 16:12, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
I went down there today and took some more photos. Unfortunately there were major roadworks as they were resurfacing London Road at the junction of Fairfield Street, which made it difficult to get any photos of the whole building due to men in hi-vis jackets, large plant and queues of traffic. I've retaken some of the ones that you took and replaced the ones of the Fire and Water murals and the gas meter testing entrance in the article. I've uploaded them all at wikimedia commons and added them to the LRFS category here. Please look through them and see if you want to use any of the others. My pictures also had that blue tinge but by tweaking the colour afterwards I've managed turn it into the dirty grey it should be. I just wish someone would get a high pressure hose on all that dirt :) Richerman (talk) 02:07, 31 October 2010 (UTC)
Thanks! They are much better. The building could certainly do with a good clean. Hopefully that will happen soon. Pit-yacker (talk) 20:54, 31 October 2010 (UTC)
Do you think we would be better off with your version of the Coroner's Court image? Pit-yacker (talk) 22:14, 31 October 2010 (UTC)
OK I've replaced it - it seemed a bit presumptuous to just replace all your images but if your happy with that it's fine with me. If the GA review doesn't get picked up soon it may be worth asking Malleus Fatuorum if he'll do it. He won't give you an easy ride but he's very helpful. Richerman (talk) 00:17, 1 November 2010 (UTC)