Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves
Wed 29th November 2023
An historic station in Derbyshire has now been removed from an ‘at risk’ register following a major restoration project.
Historic England keeps a register of Heritage at Risk – historically significant structures that are in danger of being lost to the nation because of their state of decay, neglect or threats from inappropriate development.
South Wingfield’s station had been on that list due to its dilapidated state since it was brought to Historic England’s attention in 2015.
However, Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT), which took over the building in 2019, has been fundraising and working to restore the station house since then.
Thanks to a grant of £667,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the trust has been able to carry out substantial repairs to the interior and windows of the station house, restoring the building from a dilapidated state to the condition it was in on the day it opened in 1840.
This built on emergency work to repair the roof and make the building water tight, funded by Historic England. The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s grant has also allowed the trust to involve local people and students in the building’s revival through events and activities.
The repair work was officially completed on October 24 and the station has now been removed from the register of buildings at risk.
A series of public events which attracted over 1,000 visitors helped to celebrated this achievement.
Project lead Peter Milner said: “The turnout for the events has been fantastic. One of the striking things about this project is the depth of feeling the local and wider community have for this building.
“Everyone at the events has been so delighted to see the building looking like it’s old self again. The community spirit at the events has made for a great house warming.”
The impact of the project to the local community has been recognised by Derbyshire’s High Sheriff, Teresa Paltier. She presented DHBT chair, Derek Latham, with an award to the trust for ‘valuable services to the community’ at the station’s ribbon cutting ceremony last month.
Teresa accompanied Enid Buxton, daughter of former station master William Barlow who cut the ribbon to officially open the station house on Friday, October 27.
There is one more chance for members of the public to visit Wingfield Station this year, on a free guided tour on Wednesday, December at 11am or 1pm.
Search Wingfield Station on Eventbrite to book. You will also find tickets for an atmospheric, lamplit, evening performance of The Canterville Ghost (Wilde) and the Signalman (Dickens). Proceeds will go towards the station restoration.
A spokesman for DHBT said: “We are hugely grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund for valuable financial aid over the last three years for this project.
“The National Lottery Heritage Fund has made it possible not only to carryout restoration work on the building, building on emergency repairs supported by Historic England, but also to involve local people in the building’s revival through events and activities.”
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