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Monkwearmouth Museum of Land Transport with Walls, Footbridge, Waiting Room

A Grade II* Listed Building in Sunderland, Sunderland

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Latitude: 54.9122 / 54°54'43"N

Longitude: -1.3837 / 1°23'1"W

OS Eastings: 439610

OS Northings: 557671

OS Grid: NZ396576

Mapcode National: GBR VCF.91

Mapcode Global: WHD55.QS9M

Plus Code: 9C6WWJ68+VG

Entry Name: Monkwearmouth Museum of Land Transport with Walls, Footbridge, Waiting Room

Listing Date: 8 May 1950

Last Amended: 17 October 1994

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1209029

English Heritage Legacy ID: 391540

Location: Sunderland, SR5

County: Sunderland

Electoral Ward/Division: Southwick

Built-Up Area: Sunderland

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Monkwearmouth Team Ministry

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text


920-1/11/160 (West side)
08/05/50 Monkwearmouth Museum of Land
Transport with
walls,footbridge,waiting room
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)
Monkwearmouth Museum of Land
Transport and Screen walls to the


Formerly known as: Monkwearmouth Station NORTH BRIDGE STREET.
Railway station, now museum. Main building and screen walls
1848 as branch terminus of the Brandling Junction Railway for
the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway Co. Footbridge added
when line extended in 1879. Rear screen wall supported
original train-shed roof, now removed. Passenger waiting room
on W platform added 1879. Station closed 1981. Sandstone
ashlar station building with Welsh slate roof, cast-iron
footbridge with stone side steps and wrought-iron side
handrails, wood and glass passenger waiting room. Classical
EXTERIOR: Station: has 2-storey, 3-window centre, one-storey
2-bay wings and two windows in projecting end pavilions with
quadrant end bays. Central prostyle pedimented giant Ionic
tetrastyle portico. Architraves to double panelled doors and
sashes with glazing bars. Floor band. Flanking set-back
sections have scroll brackets to cornices on architraves of
panelled doors in inner bays and windows in outer with
bracketed sills; cornice and blocking course continuing from
floor band of centre. Similar sills and lugged architraves to
windows in projecting end pavilions with paired Tuscan
pilasters flanking front windows and fluted Greek Doric
columns flanking windows in recessed quadrants with triglyph
frieze to entablature. Roof over centre runs back from
pediment and has panelled corniced ridge chimneys. Similar
chimneys on low-pitched side roofs.
Footbridge and wall: Long arcaded screen wall runs N and S,
curved at S alongside entrance drive, some arches have C19
wrought-iron railings. W screen wall 1848: ashlar. High screen
wall with moulded cornice and plain pilasters extends the
length of the W platform and abuts, at S end, part of former
goods station wall. Footbridge attached to rear of station;
1879 for North Eastern Railway. Scroll brackets support
cast-iron arched bridge with diagonally-braced parapets.
Ashlar side steps attached to station and rear screen wall,
treads repaired in rough-textured concrete, have wrought-iron
handrails attached to walls. Bridge has wood steps and
footpath, iron handrails boxed-in.
Passenger waiting room: on W platform: walls boarded below and
glazed above, with upper glazing bars, half-glazed doors, and
fret carved canopy valence to Welsh slate roof added after
train shed roof removed.
INTERIOR of station shows booking office installed 1866 and
restored to condition of 1905; windows with panelled shutters.
Curved windows in quadrant sections have lost curved glass;
all windows have shutters. Some fires obscured by museum
displays, one revealed in booking office. Upper floor formerly
station-master's house. W waiting room has boarded dado with
wooden benches attached, cast-iron fireplace with reeded
pilasters and lintel below sloped coping with central NER
George Hudson, the railway entrepreneur, was chairman of the
railway company which built the station and had been elected
M.P. for Sunderland in 1845.
(Corfe T: The Buildings of Sunderland 1814-1914.: Newcastle
upon Tyne: 1983-: 18; Tyne and Wear County Council Museums:
The Tyneside Classical Tradition: Newcastle upon Tyne: 1980-:
25; Hoole K: Railway Stations of the North East: Newton Abbot:
1985-: 82; Sinclair NT: Railways of Sunderland: Newcastle upon
Tyne: 1986-: 24, 45).

Listing NGR: NZ3961057671

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