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Under The Roof

Two things that the Great Central has at its Loughborough station is a very fine glass canopy roof, which is Grade II listed, and between 2010 and 2013, at great cost, was totally restored and this is just a small section of it. Below it is the equally fine W.H.Smith bookstall which has also recently been restored with this quite attractive green colour. An image you will find at http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/station-facilities/loughborough-central/ gives you more idea of the whole scene.

 

Under The Roof

Two things that the Great Central has at its Loughborough station is a very fine glass canopy roof, which is Grade II listed, and between 2010 and 2013, at great cost, was totally restored and this is just a small section of it. Below it is the equally fine W.H.Smith bookstall which has also recently been restored with this quite attractive green colour. An image you will find at http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/station-facilities/loughborough-central/ gives you more idea of the whole scene.

 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Dec 2013, 01:23
Sounds like an impressive station building, Brian.
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Ray, this roof has cost a fortune both in money and labour, with lots of fund raising going on to afford it.
Very nicely displayed!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth. BTW your namesake was mentioned quite frequently at church this morning, the reading and sermon was Luke 1: 46-56.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Dec 2013, 07:24
a fine 'Sunday Pictorial' - beautiful restoration - WHSmith is known to me.
Brian Walbey: The Sunday Pictorial is a long gone newspaper but W.H,Smith still survives, but not in lovely old bookstalls like this one.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Dec 2013, 08:04
A wonderful sight indeed Brian
Brian Walbey: An awful lot of fund-raising and work has gone in to restoring this lovely roof, it should be o.k.for many years to come.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 8 Dec 2013, 08:08
You have showed us all the essential ingredients Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, an awful lot of fund-raising and work has gone in to restoring this lovely roof, it should be o.k.for many years to come.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Dec 2013, 08:53
What a beautiful job and the whole scene looks just like the good old days of railway travel. I think W H Smith started off on a railaay station somewhere.
Brian Walbey: An awful lot of fund-raising and work has gone in to restoring this lovely roof, it should be o.k.for many years to come. In 1792, Henry Walton Smith and his wife Anna established the business as a news vendor in Little Grosvenor Street, London.
This brings back memories of the old Central station,in Manchester,the W.H. Smiths stall used to be fascinating to me as a kid,all those papers,magazines and books,it had a great atmosphere back then,now its a conference and exhibition centre.Not a train in sight.
Brian Walbey: Yes I can remember going to London or Cambridge when I was young and seeing the old bookstalls, they certainly had a lot more character then the modern style station shops. I guess it is better that Central is used as it is than being knocked down altogether as they did with Broad Street in London.
Beautiful urban sight . I love this kind of picture
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much, this is a fine roof to see for real.
Excellent shot of this section of the restored glass canopy roof, Brian. Sadly, the W.H. Smith store in our neighbourhood shopping mall closed its doors quite a few years ago now. I really loved that store.
Brian Walbey: An awful lot of fund-raising and work has gone in to restoring this lovely roof, it should be o.k.for many years to come. I hadn't realised you might have W.H.Smith over there, they are having difficult times I believe, people buy their books (me included) off the internet these days.
A nicely captured detail of this impressive looking station Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet. An awful lot of fund-raising and work has gone in to restoring this lovely roof, it should be o.k.for many years to come.
Wonderfully captured with the shadow play Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, there at just the right time I think.
wow...This must be an original Signpost for WHSmith!
Brian Walbey: Might well be, if it isn't then it is a good copy. The booth is certainly an original.
Very nicely detailed, Brian.

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