The Repair and Conservation of Wingfield Station
One of the county's top ten most important 'at risk' buildings - Wingfield Station in Derbyshire - has been rescued thanks to Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT), Amber Valley Borough Council (AVBC) and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
AVBC compulsorily purchased the building after more than 30 years of concern over the deteriorating condition of the Station which is in urgent need of repair and conservation.
Now the DHBT is set to take ownership of the buildings from AVBC on December 10th and will carry out essential work to save it for future commercial and community use.
Built in 1840, the Grade II* Wingfield Station and Parcel Shed closed in 1967 and is one of the earliest stations built in England - possibly the world. It is also the last surviving example of railway architect, Francis Thompson's best work on the North Midland Railway.
Francis Thompson was commissioned by Robert Stephenson - son of George Stephenson - to design 24 stations along the Derby to Leeds section of the North Midland Line. Wingfield Station is the only one to survive.
Development funding of £137,000 was awarded to DHBT by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to start the project and an application for a further grant to complete the work is planned.
During the restoration of the nationally significant buildings, DHBT is planning to offer a host of activities such as:
Living History events detailing the story of the Station and the North Midland Railway line
Bursary placements for young people's training in traditional skills
Open days for the public and local community.
The Trust will also be recruiting volunteers to help with the project as well as collecting memories and experiences of those who used to work, or had families who worked, at the Station or on the local railway.
Commenting on the project Peter Milner FRICS, DHBT Trustee Lead said: “We’re very grateful to the work done by Amber Valley Borough Council and for the National Heritage Lottery Fund support. We intend to give the building a new lease of life as well as offering many opportunities for the community and students to get involved. It’s great to know that we are a step closer to taking the building off the Heritage at Risk Register and ensure its survival for years to come.”
Derek Latham, Chair of DHBT said: “Wingfield Station is just one of many heritage buildings at risk in Derbyshire that we want to see saved and restored for the benefit of our communities in perpetuity. We hope the rescue of Wingfield Station will encourage more action to be taken to secure the future of others on the list."
Other funders who have helped to make this project possible include The Pilgrim Trust and The Architectural Heritage Fund.
In July 2020 DHBT were also successful in securing funding support from Historic England to undertake urgent repairs sooner rather than later. Find out more about this grant here.