3: Skipton Railway Station

  Barry’s Best Building No. 3 is Skipton Railway Station

Skipton Railway Station

Skipton Railway Station

The Station is, in my opinion, a good example mid 19th century railway architecture. It was built by the Midland Railway in 1876, to replace the original station, erected in 1847, on the site now occupied by Tesco supermarket.
Note the fine masonry to the main buildings which give access to platforms 1 and 2 and once on platform 2, enjoy the superb recently well restored cast iron and glass canopy which covers it. The slender columns terminate in Gothic style Early English capitals which may also have been influenced by Classical Ionic. The cast iron roof brackets display motifs which may well represent roses and locomotive driving wheels. The apex of each bay of the roof is decorated with a metal finial. A similar canopy also covers platforms 3 and 4, again an original part of the station. Two further platforms were later added in 1888 beyond platform 4, but these fell redundant with the closure of the lines to Ilkley and Earby. Signs of these platforms can still be seen. Before leaving, note the carved masonry about the station including several roses and a Wyvern.