The Mayfield Partnership is calling for help to solve a perplexing puzzle uncovered at the Mayfield train station in Manchester City Centre.

While working on the site – part of which has recently re-opened as a street food fair – an original station sign was uncovered, which hung above an entrance on Fairfield Street.

With the words Mayfield Station easy enough to identify, it has proven to be impossible to decipher the subsequent text. And that’s where The Mayfield Partnership need your help.

Penny Humphrey, U+I’s Head of Marketing, takes up the story, she said: “We were on site were giving the building a little bit of a tidy up following decades of flyposting and disuse. We removed a panel to uncover the old sign.

“We set about looking cross-referencing our archive photographs to see if we could find anything which showed the original wording. We’d like to restore the sign, as it speaks to the rich past of the building and to do that, we want to know what it originally said.”

The station originally opened in 1910 to provide extra capacity to Piccadilly Station before closing in the early 1960s. It was then used as a parcel depot before finally closing in 1984. It has remained disused ever since.

Now, the Mayfield Partnership – a joint venture between Manchester City Council, LCR, Transport for Greater Manchester and mixed-use property regeneration specialist U+I – is bringing forward plans to regenerate the area while retaining the best of the existing architectural and natural heritage.

The Partnership’s long-term plan for Mayfield is to create an iconic, £850m mixed-use community over the next 10 years, including commercial, residential and leisure facilities. The 24-acre site, next to Piccadilly Station, has been derelict for over a decade.

The wider Mayfield regeneration vision will potentially provide 1,300 homes, 75,000 sq m of office space, a 350-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities and a new city park, creating over 7,500 office, retail, leisure and construction jobs.

The long-term proposals will seek to enhance many of the site’s historic features including developing and improving the River Medlock, which flows through the site. The intention is to maintain the historic buildings on the site and make the most of the area’s built heritage.


If you have any information about the sign, you can contact us using the following means. Visit or contact us on our social media channels:

Twitter: @mayfieldMCR

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Alternatively write to Mayfield, c/o Influential, 5th Floor Oxford Place, 61 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EQ.