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Latitude: 52.9198 / 52°55'11"N
Longitude: -4.1063 / 4°6'22"W
OS Eastings: 258485
OS Northings: 337902
OS Grid: SH584379
Mapcode National: GBR 5Q.N50J
Mapcode Global: WH55L.WVSY
Entry Name: Former Oil Store at Boston Lodge Railway Works
Listing Date: 3 August 1994
Last Amended: 23 August 2002
Source ID: 14418
Building Class: Transport
Location: The railway yard known as Boston Lodge is a large complex at the south-east end of The Cob, facing Porthmadoc across the Traeth Mawr. This building is at right angles to the Brass Foundry, at the cent
Locality: Boston Lodge
Traditional County: Merionethshire
Boston Lodge was originally one of the two barracks built for the workforce constructing The Cob in 1808-11, William Madocks' major engineering project. It was widened in 1836 by the addition of the lower Cob to carry the new road and the original embankment was then converted to carry the new Ffestiniog Railway which was built as a narrow-gauge slate railway to connect the quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog with the harbour at Porthmadoc. Boston Lodge was used to provide stabling for the horse-drawn railway but following introduction of steam locomotives in 1863, which in itself was a technological achievement given the gradients on this line, it was enlarged and converted into a locomotive works and yard; it was most unusual for such a small railway to be building its own carriages and locomotives. Boston Lodge retains this use because although the line was closed in 1946 it reopened in 1954 as a private steam railway. It is widely recognised as one of the world's historic railways and is believed to be the oldest surviving railway company. The name of the works derives from the fact that Madocks was MP for Boston, Lincolnshire. Mid C19; this is probably amongst the earlier ranges at Boston Lodge, contemporary with the Brass Foundry, Smithy etc.
Single-storey, built of local slatey rubble with slate roof and wide eaves, bracketed to gable end. The north front has boarded door to left and 2-light timber window to right with transom and pointed arched heads to the glazing. The west gable end has small blocked roundel and projecting masonry at the north corner which originally formed the springing for an arch that formerly spanned the railway line at this point.
Listed as part of this especially complete example of a C19 railway engineering works which has important historical associations with the Ffestiniog Railway.
Group value with other listed items at Boston Lodge.
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