Mayfield railway station was built in Victorian times to meet the growing demand for travel, but since its closure in the 1980s a number of mysterious events have taken place at the abandoned site.
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An abandoned train station is about to be haunted and has a rather sinister past.
Opened in 1910, Mayfield Railway Station in Manchester was designed as an annex to the city’s London Road Station, now known as Manchester Piccadilly.
It was hoped that the four-track station would reduce overcrowding in the fast-growing city.
The population of Manchester at that time was about two and a half million and this had increased from about 1.8 million people in 1881.
Much like it is today, the town was a commercial center in the Victorian era when cotton mills and townhouses sprung up across the region.
Mayfield railway station on Fairfield Street in the city center was used by services to residential suburbs in Manchester.
It would have been a hustle and bustle, with workers traveling to and from different parts of the city for work or leisure.
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However, it soon became obsolete.
When London Road station was rebuilt between 1958 and 1966, it was able to accommodate more passengers who saw fewer people at Mayfield station, which eventually closed permanently in 1986.
However, it seems that the station has never been forgotten and over the years a number of spooky tales have surfaced about the site.
It is said that there have been a number of deaths at the station which have been attributed to the building being haunted years later.
There were reports of a night worker falling 50 feet to a tragic death when he accidentally opened a luggage lift while moving heavy goods.
There are also reports of two men who took their own lives on the station and their bodies were found.
Fred Jenkins was a former foreman at Mayfield railway station and reported hearing strange noises, including footsteps, after the event when no one was around.
Other stories from platform workers describe eerie feelings and experiencing tingling in the spine in the middle of the night when the station was empty.
Even scarier, it was said that door slams and low whispers could be heard around Mayfield station.
Since it closed in the 1980s, the station has fallen into disrepair, adding to the spooky atmosphere that reigns there.
A number of redevelopment proposals have been discussed over the years, but none have yet begun.
There have been talks of Mayfield reopening as part of an expansion of Manchester Piccadilly, but nothing has ever materialised.
It has also been suggested that the land could be used for commercial or residential real estate.
The city continues to grow as an alternative to London for young professionals and more and more space is needed for houses and apartments.
It looks set to eventually become Manchester’s first public park in over 100 years, as well as offices, retail outlets, bars and restaurants.
There are also plans to create a 10,000 capacity venue as part of the renewal project.
But while the future of Mayfield Railway Station may be bright, the site’s colorful past has never been forgotten.
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