Posted By Robert. Stephenson

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Curzon Street railway station was used briefly for regular scheduled passenger services between 1838 and 1854 when it acted as the terminus for both the London and Birmingham Railway and the Grand Junction Railway. It was then used for excursions until 1893 and goods traffic until 1966 when it closed. More recently the surviving entrance building has been used for occasional art events.

In 2010 a new Curzon Street station, partly on the site of the historical station has been proposed as the Birmingham terminus for High Speed 2.

The surviving Grade I Listed entrance building was designed by Philip Hardwick and constructed in 1838 and is the world's oldest surviving piece of monumental railway architecture. The architecture is Roman inspired, following Hardwick's trip to Italy in 1818–19. It has tall pillars running up the front of the building, made out of a series of huge blocks of stone. The design mirrored the Euston Arch at the London end of the L&BR. As part of the original design, the building was to be flanked by two arches leading into the station, but excavations revealed that these were never built. The interior housed the booking hall, with a large iron balustraded stone staircase, a refreshment room and offices. It is three storeys tall but relatively small.

 

 

 
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