Chiswick Railway Station Listed for Architectural Importance


Chiswick station - picture courtesy of David and Katie Beard

Chiswick Railway Station has been acknowledged amongst 22 buildings officially listed during 2002 as structures with special architectural importance. The station, which was opened in 1849, was designed and built by William Tite for the Windsor, Staines and South Western Railway as an extension of the Richmond Railway. It was soon taken over by the London and South Western Railway in 1850, and operated most probably as a single track line.

The building is a wonderful example of the Tite classical villa design first used at Micheldever and Winchester on the London and Southampton Railway in 1838 and afterwards on the Basingstoke and Salisbury Railway in 1854 as at Whitchurch and Andover.

This listing represents the protection of buildings and ornaments which provide an insight in to the history of the borough, especially those which were built using new methods or procedures. English Heritage assesses all applications and makes recommendations to the Department, though the final decision is with the Ministers.

Other well-known buildings awarded listed status are :

Boston Manor Underground Station
West Thames College, formerly Spring Grove House, Isleworth
Summer House, The Grove (WTC Gatehouse), Isleworth
Gumley House (including sundial, house gates and front wall) Isleworth
The Dairy at Syon Park
Pair of Chapels at Isleworth Cemetery
Memorial to the Pears Family, Isleworth Cemetery
Baber Bridge & Auxiliary, Staines Road, Hounslow

January 15, 2003

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