The Railway Goods Shed and Warehouse in England
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        15 Sep 2016

        Summary

        An overview and introduction to railway goods sheds and warehouses in England with a comprehenzive gazetteer.
        10111026
        10111026

        Main Summary

          Although goods traffic accounted in many cases for a higher proportion of railway companies’ revenue than passengers, the buildings associated with it have received very little attention in comparison to their passenger counterparts. They once played as important a role in distribution as the ‘big sheds’ near motorway junctions do today.

          The book shows how the basic design of goods sheds evolved early in the history of railways, and how the form of goods sheds reflected the function they performed. Although goods sheds largely functioned in the same way, there was considerable scope for variety of architectural expression in their external design. The book brings out how they varied considerably in size from small timber huts to the massive warehouses seen in major cities. It also looks at how many railway companies developed standard designs for these buildings towards the end of the 19th century and at how traditional materials such as timber, brick and stone gave way to steel and concrete in the 20th

          This building type is subject to a high level of threat with development pressure in urban and suburban areas for both car parking and housing having already accounted for the demise of many of these buildings.  Despite this, some 600 have been identified as still extant and the book will, for the first time, provide a comprehensive gazetteer of the surviving examples.

          Additional Information

          Series

          Informed Conservation

          Author

          John Minnis
          Simon Hickman

          Author Information

          John Minnis, now retired, was a Senior Investigator at Historic England
          Simon Hickman is a Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas with Historic England.

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          210mm

          Number of Illustrations

          85

          Number of Pages

          140

          ISBN

          9781848023284

          Contents

            1. How a goods shed functioned
            2. The origins and evolution of the goods shed
            3. Plan forms
            4. Company designs
            5. Large goods sheds and warehouses
            6. The 20th-century goods shed and warehouse
            7. Conservation – by Simon Hickman

            Reviews

              John Minnis' excellent new book. ... Clearly written and generously illustrated. ... More than a mere catalogue, the book is also attentive to questions of structure, materials and stylistic expression, and to the influences on the type from beyond the railways' boundaries. ... How these huge buildings functioned, from their clerical routines to the complex physical transfer of goods on, off and between wagons, is fascinating to read.
              Dr Simon Bradley
              The Victorian, July 2017