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Original Plant Works Building to South West of Doncaster Station, Doncaster

Description: Original Plant Works Building to South West of Doncaster Station

Grade: II
Date Listed: 7 October 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 335032

OS Grid Reference: SE5703103029
OS Grid Coordinates: 457031, 403029
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5208, -1.1413

Location: Burnaby Street, Doncaster DN4 0BF

Locality: Doncaster
County: Doncaster
Country: England
Postcode: DN4 0BF

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Listing Text

SE 5703 SW (east side)
SE 50 SE

6/37 Original Plant Works
3/37 building to South West of
Doncaster Station
7.10.86 (formerly listed on
Trafford Way)


Railway plant works. 1851 by William and Joseph Cubitt, with later alterations.
Red brick with brick and stone dressings; roof partly of Welsh slates and partly
of concrete tiles. Two storeys, 44 bays, with four bays to either end advanced
and pedimented. Between each bay and to corners there are simple pilasters with
plain bands near the tops, over which there is a continuous projecting parapet,
these combine to create full-height square-headed recesses to each bay. Ground
floor has continuous stone sills which also run through the pilasters. All ground
floor windows below segmental brick heads; fenestration mainly small paned windows,
with later casements inserted to left and fixed 12-pane windows with single pane
casements to right. Bays 10 and 11 have a bay window with similar pilasters and
windows to rest of facade, topped dentilled cornice and low blocking course. Above
similar segment-headed windows, mostly,with 9-pane windows, all with stone sills
across the width of each recess. Projecting parapets above are mostly rebuilt and
have flat copings. End bays have dentilled pediments. Roof with numerous roof
lights. End bays with cross roofs, that to left end with central square timber
bellcote, under hipped roof. Rear elevation similar, but with entrances and two
weatherboarded first-floor loading bays on large cast-iron brackets. Main entrance
to left return, a panelled door below segmental arch. Interior has cast-iron stick
baluster staircase with wreathed mahogany handrail to southern end and original
wide, braced, queen post roof trusses to first floor. This building originally
housed an engine shop to either end with a boiler shop, and office and the smiths
shop to the centre. This was altered by 1853 when the plant was expanded to house
the drawing office, the grinding shop, the boiler-shop, a store, the managers
office, a turning shop and a carriage shop. The Wagon and Carriage Works for the
Great Northern Railway Company were originally in Boston, but moved in 1851 to
Doncaster and it was from these offices that some of the most innovative designs
for locomotives first originated (see the Patrick Stirling Monument, St James
Bridge qv). Later extension to north not included in the listing.
Source 'History of Doncaster Plant Works from 1853 to Present Day', J E Day 1953.

Listing NGR: SE5703103029

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Source: English Heritage

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