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Dating Your Station

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    October 13, 2015 10:59 AM BST

    No, this not a lonely hearts thread . . .

    Here are a few simple tips to date a building if you don't have the documentary evidence, build date etc.  

    1. Windows - Most stations were constructed between the 1830s and the 1880s and a useful way of checking it's vintage is to look at the sash windows which were in common use at the time. If the upper sash has a small wooden projection on its lowest rail then it will probably date from 1850 onwards . . see picture below . .

     It is possible that a newer window can be inserted into an older opening but the reverse is not the case.

    2. Glazing bars - these were common up until the arrival of Mr Pilkington's improvements at the end of the C19, so the more panes of glass in each sash, the older the window (rule of thumb). The window in the picture above would be very late C19 as the bars have disappeared.

    3. Building styles - Most people will recognise basic styles and many stations are much more flamboyant or stylish than the surrounding domestic and municipal buildings. The GWR and Brunel often used Italian and Egyptian styles and details such as very wide eaves with prominent brackets and very shallow pitched roofs. Later in the C19 came very steep pitched roofs and stone details even if the main body of the building was in brick. Below is an example of Vernacular style at Aylesford in Kent, sometimes called Cottage Orne (should be an accent over the last e !), what wonderful bargeboards over the door.


    There are many other details to consider but there would be little space for anything else on here ! I might try writing a leaflet or guide in my spare time if there is any demand ?



    If you are not sure about the style and date of your station or perhaps it may just be an interesting style why not post a picture on here ? 

    This post was edited by Martin Yallop at October 13, 2015 11:01 AM BST
    • 22 posts
    October 13, 2015 2:17 PM BST

    Hi Martin - useful rule of thumb information. Thanks.