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Locomotive Shed at Boston Lodge Railway Works

A Grade II Listed Building in Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9207 / 52°55'14"N

Longitude: -4.1053 / 4°6'19"W

OS Eastings: 258555

OS Northings: 337991

OS Grid: SH585379

Mapcode National: GBR 5Q.N56T

Mapcode Global: WH55L.XV8B

Entry Name: Locomotive Shed at Boston Lodge Railway Works

Listing Date: 8 March 1994

Last Amended: 23 August 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14424

Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

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 to the north east of the main Boston Lodge buildi

County: Gwynedd

Community: Penrhyndeudraeth

Community: Penrhyndeudraeth

Locality: Boston Lodge

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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History

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. This long range dates from after the introduction of steam locomotives in 1863; the masonry break to the middle (see trackside elevation) indicates that this was erected in two phases.

Exterior

Built of local slatey rubble with corrugated iron roof; coursed rubble to south gable end but uncoursed to sides. Boarded gates to the twinned square-headed entrances with iron lintel; modern lean-to on west side. Embankment wall on opposite side of track. At north end it is attached to the weigh house.

Reasons for Listing

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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