Can you help us to save the stone crest that once adorned the main entrance to the original Derby Railway Station, and relocate it to Wingfield Station?
When Derby Railway Station was rebuilt in 1892 by Charles Trubshaw the crest that stood atop of the building (see print below) was made redundant.
It was taken to the Old Hall in Littleover, Derby, where it has resided ever since.
The recent purchaser of the Old Hall and grounds is now developing the site, so the crest needs to find a new home or face being lost forever. Due to its size, viable options are very limited!
The developer, Ivy Grove Homes, has kindly offered to donate this highly significant artefact to the DHBT, so that it can be saved and admired once more.
However, the crest, which measures 3m x 3m, needs taking apart, heavy lifting gear for transportation to South Wingfield, conserving and re-assembling.
Whilst the crest will be alien to the setting of the station, we are intending to position it away from the building to form part of our public heritage interpretation. It will then sit within the context of the only surviving station on the Derby to Leeds line.
Both Derby Station and Wingfield were designed by the prominent railway architect, Francis Thompson.
This opportunity came about after our funding applications had been submitted so we are asking for YOUR support via Crowdfunder to raise the necessary funds (our initial target is £10k).
We have some exciting rewards for our kind supporters - please read on to find out more. Please share far and wide! THANK YOU!
(We'll keep you updated on our progress over the next 4 weeks).