© Mr John H. Sparkes
FORMER JOINT RAILWAY STATION, GREAT WESTERN ROAD (south side)
CHARD TOWN, SOUTH SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Mr John H. Sparkes
31 January 2005
29 July 1976
Date of last amendment:
29 July 1976
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ST30NW GREAT WESTERN ROAD
756-1/1/84 (South side)
29/07/76 Former Joint Railway Station
Station building. 1866, for Bristol & Exeter and London &
South Western Railways. Flemish bond brick with Bath stone
dressings; hipped slate roof, brick ridge stacks.
Single storey; 5 bays. Central one, under a pediment with
circular ornament, is stepped forward to eaves and is flanked
by deeply-recessed bays, each with a door and a window.
Outside bays are half-stepped forward with one window between
quoins and a door to far left and right. All doors and windows
are set in round arches with platband at impost level; windows
have bracketed sills and C20 six-pane fixed lights; doors have
4 panels. Shallow-pitched roof with gable to pediment has wide
tongued-and-grooved eaves on 3 sides supported by cast-iron
brackets resting on keystones of openings in recessed bays.
Overhang forms canopy or shelter. INTERIOR not inspected.
HISTORY: the station was built to serve the Chard and Taunton
Line which was taken over by the Great Western Railway in
1891, a year before the broad gauge track was converted. The
station was unique in combining one of Brunel's extended
hipped-roofed Italianate brick buildings with one of his
wooden overall roofs to the shed (demolished).