Thursday 23 June 2011

Windsor & Eton Central railway station, Berkshire, UK built by Andrew Handyside in 1897

Andrew Handyside who built Friargate bridge in Derby also built quite a few Railway Stations in the UK and around the world, Since starting my Handyside research and launching this blog I am begining to discover more and more of these stations.
Originally I only knew about Nottingham railway station but in the last few weeks I have found several more.
Here is one I recently found in Windsor, Berkshire. Today most of the original station has been converted to a shopping centre called Windsor royal shopping. I think its great that the Handyside structure has been retained.

I would like to thank Malcolm Lock for the following historical  information and also for taking the time to go and take some photographs of the current buildings and ironwork that was made in Derby by Andrew Handyside.
As you can see in Marks photographs the Handyside makers badge is clearly stamped on the bottom of all
stanchions in this station.

The buildings still exist having narrowly escaped demolition after the 'rationalisation' of the branch line post Beeching.  Most now form a covered shopping mall with the ticket office acting as the Tourist
Information Centre. The conversion was tastefully done and the whole area is now very attractive It was built to mark Queen victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 although not fully completed until after Victoria's
death. It boasted 4 platforms and a goods bay and is, of course, elevated on brick arches over the lower town.

When the station was reduced to one platform (which remains today) the rest of the building was taken over by Madam Tussauds as a 'Royalty and Railways' exhibition (later know as Royalty and Empire as the railway content was quite small) However a replica locomotive was built at Swindon for the display - a Dean 4-2-2 'The Queen'  - and this remains on show to this day.
I am pleased to say that the stanchions are all marked "A Handyside and Co London and Derby 1897" as seen from the first attachment. The other pictures show the structure of the building which was originally the goods shed. A second, similar building, still in use, formed the main part of the station. You will note that the whole place is now in very good condition with the Victorian and modern blending well together. The stone building - which is visible in the excellent picture you have posted of the station under contruction - was the Royal Waiting Room and remains much as it was although now housing 'All Bar One'
This building was grade II listed on 2nd October 1975.

Photographs of the Station:

Here we can see one of the many "A. Handyside" badges that are located on the ironwork in this station.
Handyside badge at Windsor & Eton Central railway station

Goods Shed at Windsor & Eton Central railway station

You can see the Handyside badge at the bottom of this Stanchion.
Handyside badge on Stanchion base at Windsor & Eton Central railway station

Royal Waiting Room at Windsor & Eton Central railway station

'The Queen' at Windsor & Eton Central railway station

The Roof built by Andrew Handyside.
Glass Roof, Windsor Royal Station

Map Location:
View my Andrew Handyside World Map to see the exact location of this railway station on the world map.
My world map is the result of hundreds of hours of research into the company, plotting out each item as I find it.

Can you help find more Handyside stuff ?
If anyone out there knows of any other Railway Stations around the world bearing the Handyside badge that I have not mentioned yet then please get in touch with details, location, photographs etc.


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