In the last few weeks, light and life has really started to return to the building.
As can be seen from the photos, knocking out of the blocked-up doors and windows has been completed, brickwork cleaning has finished and re-pointing has commenced. Ad-hoc brick replacement is being undertaken, this involves a careful process of matching, using reclaimed materials. Various mortar mixes have been tried out to establish a good colour match.
A new freshwater supply has been installed, the un-original internal partition wall has been demolished, and one of the building’s corners has been rebuilt following damage due to Buddleia growth.
Old gas pipes have been uncovered inside the building. These seem to have come through from the goods yard end of the building. We know that the LNWR built a small gas plant at the station to generate its own supply (from coal) to feed lamps.