The Station Agent's House. A world first.

Help restore this extraordinary survival of the industrial age

During a time of industrial revolution, this handsome property in the heart of Manchester became home to the first Station Agent of the world’s first purpose built, inter-city passenger railway. Now the Landmark Trust will carefully restore Station Agent’s House to create a forward-looking Landmark which meets high standards of environmental sustainability and physical accessibility. But we need your help.

Help to bring this house alive

The Station Agent’s House was the hub around which Liverpool Road Station was developed

Here, so much that would characterise train travel was first seen: waiting rooms, signals, tickets, ticket offices and a station master or station agent’s house. This home, with direct access onto the original platforms is the structure that Landmark hopes to take on. It will provide essential new use and access to the building which marks the very birthplace of the world’s passenger railways.

A gift today means work can start without delay

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Manchester is a place where things happen

Today, The Station Agent’s House is on the estate of the Manchester Science and Industry Museum and is still surrounded by the original buildings of the 1830s station. It is part of a new nexus of forward-looking innovation and technology and in 2023 a major new arts centre will open within walking distance. This project involves repairing and refurbishing the house to create a forward-looking Landmark. It will meet the latest standards for environmental sustainability and meet Visit England standards for accessibility.

Support the transformation of this extraordinary home

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  • A modest building with a pivotal role

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    An elegant home, blueprint for passenger rail and a heritage site. The Station Agent’s House has evolved and adapted to meet the needs of the time.

    Read its history >

  • Part of the past and part of the future

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    We will preserve the exterior and maintain the elegant 19th century internal floorplan. But we will use renewable energy and extensively insulate to ensure we meet the latest environmental standards. A new level access and carefully designed lifts will meet high standards for physical accessibility. 

    See our plans >

  • A Manchester Landmark could be open within a year

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    It is a vibrant city with a rich industrial heritage; one Landmark is excited to have a home in. If we can raise the last £164,000 quickly, work can start without delay.

    Watch our online talk >


Help us raise £118,000 to secure the future of The Station Agent’s House

Landmark has long wanted to play its part in Manchester, our greatest industrial city, and the site of the world’s first passenger railway is especially thrilling.

Save a piece of industrial heritage today