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Teddington Station

Issue: Dec '12 TW11

In November I received the news that, at long last,Teddington Station has been listed Grade II. This is extremely welcome coming on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the railway’s arrival in Teddington in 1863. I have been trying to get the station listed for some years and the breakthrough came when my direct approach to the Victorian Society led to their involving Transport for London’s Heritage Adviser. He was enthusiastic and had the expertise to make the case.

The listing will help protect the building from further unsuitable additions, corporate signage and clutter. The nearby Park Hotel also dates from the coming of the railway in 1863 and has been listed Grade II for some years. This completes the picture.

Teddington Station is the earliest surviving and particularly intact example of similar small Italianate villa-style stations in the LSWR’s house style of the 1860s (qv Norbiton). The design is well proportioned with high quality brickwork and good detailing in the window surrounds and eaves brackets.

In more detail the materials are yellow stock brick laid in Flemish bond with stucco dressings; slate roof; timber sash windows.

The station building is two storeys high with single storey wings, stuccoed quoins, window surrounds and a wide string course to the front (south-west) elevation. The shallow hipped roof has a deep bracketed eaves cornice and six prominent chimney stacks.

The front elevation is of seven bays with the central three bays breaking forward slightly. This projection has stucco rustication to the ground floor and a round-arched entrance and flanking windows below a wooden canopy with a timber valance. All other windows have square-headed moulded surrounds: those on the ground floor have eared surrounds, whilst those to the upper floor have bracketed sills. The wings have three narrow, recessed arched windows to the front and rear elevations.

The booking hall retains its original arched ticket windows and a deep moulded cornice but has otherwise been modernised.

The station was altered in the 1930s with the replacement of the original footbridge, platform canopies and the buildings on Station Road.

I’ll be enquiring whether the listing makes it possible to remove some of the more obtrusive and recent advertising accretions. I’d also welcome suggestions for further listings in Teddington. I have already enquired about Barclays Bank and had a discouraging reply. But so I did for the station when I first tried.