Victorian railway stations reflected the importance of that revolutionary mode of transport for Britain. The great iron roads transformed both rural and urban landscapes, as well as fundamentally changing the pattern of social and commercial life for all sections of the population.The stations along the different lines were statements of the pride in them felt by their railway company owners. Each station built carried their individual mark of quality, and in key cities many had money lavished upon them of a celebrity-status magnitude.Trevor Yorke s book describes the development of the Victorian stations, with their wide range of architectural influences and styles, and discusses the notable architects employed to create them. His richly illustrated book, filled with his own photographs and detailed drawings, pays tribute to the architectural heritage that has been left to us by the Victorians in their railway stations of all sizes, from the palatial terminus to the humble halt."
Railway stations are among Britain’s most special buildings. The start and end point of the daily commute and the magical holiday, they vary hugely in style and size. This book is the perfect introduction to the subject.
Vilified by leading architectural modernists and Victorian critics alike, mass-produced architectural ornament in iron has received little sustained study since the 1960s; yet it proliferated in Britain in the half century after the building of the Crystal Palace in 1851 - a time when some architects, engineers, manufacturers, and theorists believed that the fusion of iron and ornament would reconcile art and technology and create a new, modern architectural language. Comprehensively illustrated and richly researched, Iron, Ornament and Architecture in Victorian Britain presents the most sustained study to date of the development of mechanised architectural ornament in iron in nineteenth-century architecture, its reception and theorisation by architects, critics and engineers, and the contexts in which it flourished, including industrial buildings, retail and seaside architecture, railway stations, buildings for export and exhibition, and street furniture. Appealing to architects, conservationists, historians and students of nineteenth-century visual culture and the built environment, this book offers new ways of understanding the notion of modernity in Victorian architecture by questioning and re-evaluating both Victorian and modernist understandings of the ideological split between historicism and functionalism, and ornament and structure.
Built as part of the massive expansion of Great Britain's railway network during the nineteenth century, London's thirteen mainline railway stations are proud symbols of the nation's industrial and architectural heritage. Produced in association with The National Archives, and profusely illustrated with period photographs and diagrams, London Railway Stations tells the story of these iconic stations and of the people who created them and used them. Though built in an age of steam, smoke, gas lamps and horses, most retain features of their original design. This book will bring new light to these old buildings, and help you to see London's mainline stations through new eyes. Lavishly illustrated with black & white and some colour photographs.