Heritage Locations

Bath Spa Station and railway approaches


Built in 1841 and listed Grade II*, the station is the principal focal point of a string of distinguished railway work by Brunel.

Constructor:
Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Period of construction:
1800 - 1849

Transport Trust plaque:
Yes

Transport Mode:
Rail

Address:
Railway Place
Bath
BA1 1SS

Postcode:
BA1 1SS

Nearest Town:
Bath

Heritage Centre:
No


Brunel, in bringing his Great Western Railway through the famous Roman and Georgian city of Bath, had to pay special attention to its architectural character and the possible effect on its setting. Characteristically for a man of his generation, he believed in using a variety of architectural styles according to the context and the client's wishes: so at Bath the great viaduct is in a castellated gothic style; the now-rebuilt 'Skew Bridge' over the Avon is gothic; the bridges next to Sydney Gardens are in a simple classical style, and the station itself is modelled on an Elizabethan country house.

The present trainshed was built in 1897 but the station building is a two storey Jacobean style stone structure with a central oriel window surmounted by an ogee gable. This is flanked by two smaller ones set in a plain parapet. There are tall mullioned windows and Tudor doorways in an arc at one end of the facade.


Bibliography:

Biddle, Gordon, Britain's Historic Railway Buildings, Oxford University Press, ISBN-10: 0198662475 (2003)

Biddle, Gordon & Nock, O.S., The Railway Heritage of Britain : 150 years of railway architecture and engineering, Studio Editions, ISBN-10: 1851705953 (1990)

Biddle, Gordon and Simmons, J., The Oxford Companion to British Railway History, Oxford, ISBN 0 19 211697 5 (1997)

Bonavia, Michael, Historic Railway Sites in Britain, Hale, ISBN 0 7090 3156 4 (1987)

Conolly, W. Philip, British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas And Gazetteer, Ian Allan Publishing, ISBN 0-7110-0320-3 (1958/97)

Jowett, Alan, Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland, Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. (March 1989)

Morgan, Bryan, Railways: Civil Engineering, Arrow, ISBN 0 09 908180 6 (1973)

Morgan, Bryan, Railway Relics, Ian Allan, ISBN 0 7110 0092 1 (1969)

Simmons, J., The Railways of Britain, Macmillan, ISBN 0 333 40766 0 (1961-86)

Simmons, J. The Victorian Railway, Thames & Hudson, ISBN 0 500 25110X (1991)

Smith, Martin, British Railway Bridges and Viaducts, Ian Allan, ISBN 0 7110 2273 9 (1994)

Turnock, David, An Historical Geography of Railways, Ashgate, ISBN 1 85928 450 7 (1998)


Opening Times:
Visible at all times

How To Find:
By road: In the southern part of the centre of Bath at the junction of Dorchester Street and Manvers Street.

Facilities:


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