Wellingborough Railway Station Goods Shed, Midland Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Historic Building Recording (OASIS ID: alanbaxt2-363020)

Alan Baxter Ltd, 2020

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Wellingborough Railway Station Goods Shed, Midland Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Historic Building Recording (OASIS ID: alanbaxt2-363020)

Recording of the Goods Shed at Wellingborough Railway Station was undertaken by Alan Baxter Ltd in July 2019. The level 2 investigation was commissioned by Network Rail following the approval of listed building consent for alterations to the canopies of the station to allow for electrification of the Midland Main Line to Corby. Also included are works to the Goods Shed in order to bring it into public use as part of platform 1.

The investigation consists of a written and photographic record of this typical mid-Victorian railway goods shed. The goods shed has been identified by Historic England as one of the best preserved on the operational rail network and is listed at Grade II. In particular, it retains the internal wooden platform and its two goods cranes. Recording precedes refurbishment and incorporation of the building into the public areas of platform 1.

Wellingborough Goods Shed is believed to have been designed and built as part of the Midland Railway station development in 1857, with matching architectural features. C. H. Driver, the architect of Wellingborough Station, may therefore have had a hand its design. It is an archetypal, small ‘through-type’ goods shed and was built to facilitate the arrival and dispatch of all manner of general goods, serving the town of Wellingborough.

The goods shed was extended to the south and to the west at some point prior to 1941, trebling its size, although the extension has since been demolished.