Wellingborough Railway Station Canopy, Midland Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Historic Building Recording (OASIS ID: alanbaxt2-363013)

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Wellingborough Railway Station Canopy, Midland Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Historic Building Recording (OASIS ID: alanbaxt2-363013)

Recording of the canopies at Wellingborough Railway Station was undertaken by Alan Baxter Ltd in July 2019. The level 3 investigation was commissioned by Network Rail following the approval of listed building consent for alterations to the canopies on platforms 1–3, including cutting back the trackside brackets of the historic Driver canopies on platform 1. The application also included the restoration of historic details, the replacement of roof coverings and alterations to the Goods Shed in order to bring it into public use.

Wellingborough Station opened in 1857 as part of the Midland Railway’s Leicester to Hitchin Line. It was designed by Charles Henry Driver in a simplified Gothic style. The site comprises the three station canopies at Wellingborough Railway Station.

Attached to the main station building on Platform 1 is the original four-bay canopy of 1857, designed by C. H. Driver. This is the last example of this type of canopy to survive. Attached to the southern end are two bays added in 1883, of similar design but with detailed differences. There is a separate short canopy to the north added in 1936, with a flat roof and decorative timber valences.

The line through Wellingborough was quadrupled in 1882 transforming platform 2 into an island platform. The island was rebuilt in 1894 with a new building and canopy to serve platform 3. The existing flat canopy on platforms 2–3 has a decorative wooden valence, which dates to when the line was quadrupled and the island platform created in 1892.