The Building Arriving on Platform 2
55 years on, what exactly will this look like?
The original construction drawings were signed by William Marriott at Melton Constable on January 26th 1897 and have formed the basis of our planned restoration.
The original building contained a ladies waiting room, 12’ x 16’ 9”, a general waiting room, 12’ x 20’ 6”, and a booking office, 12’ x 10’, at the Cromer end. Our restored building will externally replicate this, although internally this will be laid out so that it can be used for a variety of purposes; as a waiting room, a reception area for dining trains, as a function room, or as the venue for the beer festival, 40’s events and so on.
To each side of the original building were screen walls matching the length of the canopy, a long one at the Cromer end and a short one at the Holt end. These contained windows looking out onto the approach road and goods yard. These had a dual function, they let light onto the platform and from the coast road made the station buildings appear more extensive and impressive. Our walls will be slightly different. At the Holt end the battery store would obstruct the original window and, in our design, has been replaced by a door leading to steps down to the car park.
The brickwork type and detailing of the restored structures will match the buildings on Platform 1 and the shop and tourist information centre built in 2015-16.
The planned platform elevation (top) and car park elevation (bottom)
The canopy was a glazed structure much the same in appearance as the one on Platform 1. Traces show that the canopy was not exactly opposite the other though. This was probably influenced by the position of the original high signal box. The metalwork for the canopy has of course long gone, but we have in store columns and M&GN spandrel pieces from Yarmouth Beach Station. We will need some new pieces cast using the old as patterns, but this part of the project should look very impressive.
The columns and M&GN spandrels were recovered during the demolition of Yarmouth Beach station.
The first stage of this exciting project, during 2020, will be the building, the screen walls and the erection of the columns and skeletal canopy steelwork. The second phase, which we hope will follow on very soon, will be completion of the canopy and its glazing.