Structure / Site Summary for 266560

Kirkby Stephen Station - Main Building & Booking Office (Up)

Kirkby Stephen Station Booking Office, viewed from the southwest

Key details from the SCRCA Structure Record

Brief description: Kirkby Stephen Station - Main Building & Booking Office (Up)

Assessment status: Assessed

Location 1 - Rail-miles: 266

Location 2 - Chains: 47.00

Location 3 - Position relative to main running lines (tracks): Up

Is a structure of this type shown at this location on the MR 1911 landplan?: Yes

Construction / installation period: MR-C

Current Use: Residential

Visibility: Visible

Accessibility (ease of access): Easy

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Primary / Secondary References

Figure 40 shows the track layout for Kirkby Stephen station, based upon information from Midland Railway surveys in 1911 and 1912.

Plate 111 is a view from the south of Kirkby Stephen Station in 1956.  This is the second station with the large type of buildings.  Note the angled name board on the up platform; all stations on the line had these until the beginning of World War II.  An unusual sight is the two rows of what appear to be  gas lamps;  these are actually illuminated by oil.  This station has undergone a number of name changes. In 1900 ‘and Ravenstonedale’ was added but reverted to simple Kirkby Stephen in January 1935. In 1953 the suffix ‘West’ was added when the ex-LNER station became ‘East’.  Normality returned in May 1968 when the simple title was reinstated.  Passenger services were withdrawn in May 1970, three years after it had become unstaffed.

Plate 112 is a panoramic view from the east taken in 1970. The station approach is behind the wall which runs from right to left .  The row of houses to the right is called Midland Terrace (SCRCA structure ref 266640).  Those that can be seen beyond the bridge (SCRCA structure ref 266650) are Midland Cottages (SCRCA Structure ref 266660).  The stationmaster occupied a house just off the picture on the right.

Plate 113 is a view from the down platform showing the Main Building and Booking office and the up platform (SCRCA structure ref 266570).

Plate 116 is a view from June 1967 looking south from the northern end of the down platform. Although the station was still open for passengers, the Engineer’s department had taken over part of the main Station and Booking Office building (SCRCA structure ref 266560).  A small porch had been erected as a consequence (under the smaller gable) protecting the entrance to what was originally a first class waiting room.  Kirkby Stephen was the only station on the line to boast the luxury of a 1st Class waiting room. (see Figure 40, no 8 in the list of buildings comprising the main Building and Booking Office).

Plate 117 is a context view of the station taken from the north in July 1966. Note the weigh office on the station approach and the terrace houses on the left (SCRCA structure ref 266640) and the single storey cottages on the right (SCRCA structure ref 266660) of Bridge 181 (SCRCA structure ref 266650).

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