title>The Needham-Market Station on the Norwich and Ipswich Railway

The Needham-Market Station on the Norwich and Ipswich Railway. Frederick Barnes, Architect. 1849. Source: the 1849 Illustrated London News. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Description of the station in the article on the history of the railway and a description of the celebrations upon its completion: “At Needham Market, about three miles distant [from Stowmarket], is the next station, which we have engraved: It is an Elizabethan building, substantially constructed of red and white Suffolk bricks, the string-courses and cornices being of Caen stone, and the roofs covered with fancy tiles in patterns, and ornamental ridge crest. The centre portion contains the booking-office, which communicates on either side with a passengers’ waiting-room, forming the ground story of the wings, the upper story being appropriated as a residence for the station master and head-porter, and approached by a staircase in each tower. The gateways at the ends are for the egress of passengers from the up and down trams. The platforms, which are roofed in the whole length, are connected by a passage-way below the line, thereby avoiding the danger of crossing on the level. Mr. Frederick Barnes, of Ipswich, is the architect of this very pleading structure, as well as of the other stations on the line” (331).

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“Opening of the Norwich and Ipswich Railway.” The Illustrated London News (17 November 1849): 331-32. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 30 November 2015.

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