The Project

The original Brunel era station building from Heyford in Oxfordshire is being re-built at Didcot Railway Centre to form the central feature at Oxford Road station, the terminus of the main demonstration line.

Heyford station building is a typical early Great Western Railway design, based on Brunel’s design for the station at Box. These early stations feature a recessed section on the platform side, a substantial booking office porch a bay window in the waiting room, and a canopy running all around the building. The cast canopy brackets are attractive items of Victorian ironwork and were capped with a lion’s head mask filling the depth of the valance.

Heyford station was opened with the Great Western Railway’s Oxford-Banbury line, on 2 September 1850 together with similar stations at Aynho and Kidlington.

Although the station remains open, British Rail removed the canopy and the building stood derelict for a while in 1978/9 until it was let to a firm of motor parts factors.

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However this use was not to last and the building was scheduled for demolition. After appropriate enquiries it was agreed that anything we could remove by a given date we could have. The building was dismantled by members of the Great Western Society in 1985/6, and the materials have been stored adjacent to the main demonstration line at Didcot ever since. We also acquired some parts, most notably the cast-iron canopy brackets, from Kidlington.

Preparations are now under way to commence reconstruction of the building.

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