Weston’s railway station listed by Historic England
PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 December 2017
Weston’s ‘iconic’ railway station has been awarded listed status from Historic England.
The station was designed by Francis Fox, who succeeded Isambard Kingdom Brunel as chief engineer at Bristol and Exeter Railway.
The station was completed in 1884, and has been granted grade II listed status from Historic England.
Deborah Williams, from Historic England, said: “We are delighted the railway station in Weston station has been listed.
“This iconic building is a good example of a later phase of railway construction, and is interesting because of its role in the development of Weston as a seaside destination.
“Listing highlights what’s special about a building or place, and helps to make sure that any future changes to it take into consideration those special qualities.
“Listing doesn’t prevent change – in fact, listed buildings can be adapted and altered just like any other building, so that they can continue to be used and enjoyed for future generations.”
Other listed buildings in Weston include the Odeon cinema, the Town Hall, Walliscote School and the Grand Pier.
Weston Museum, the HSBC building and the old magistrates court are also listed.
The station’s accreditation has been awarded as part of the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project, which supports Weston’s regeneration and historic buildings.
Heritage trails may also be created or enhanced as part of the project.
Councillor and historian John Crockford-Hawley said: “Stations are so important because they are often the first architectural experience visitors have when approaching towns and cities.
“As a young boy I spent many a happy Saturday morning with friends polishing brass name plates on steam engines at Weston Station so have a rather prejudicial liking for the place and as an historian I’m delighted to see this fine piece of GWR architecture given national recognition.”
Mike Gallop, director of route asset management at Network Rail, said: “We are delighted Weston has been granted listed status.
“The new title reflects the iconic building’s impressive architecture and the historical interest in the station.”