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Not Just Any Old Iron (Great Malvern station, Worcestershire, UK)

Great Malvern – may be of interest to a friend of mine 😀

The Beauty of Transport

“The best ironwork detailing, from an architectural standpoint, anywhere on a station is at Great Malvern.” That’s a big boast, and for a change it’s not just my opinion but that of railway authors and architectural experts David Lloyd and Donald Insall. So let’s go and see what all the fuss is about.

Great Malvern station opened in 1860. The station buildings, footbridge and next-door railway hotel opened over acouple of years, to the designs of architect was E. W. Elmslie. It’s a neat little station with rubble stone walls, and an array of rather attractive chimneys. The slate roofs feature cast iron cresting and wrought iron finials. You’ll note, however, that just 12 years on from the opening of Monkwearmouth station, and 30 years from Liverpool Road station in Manchester, neither of which looked much like a railway station, Great Malvern is exactly what you’d expect a…

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