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Bernard Pratt



BATH SPA: CHURCHILL ARCHES Churchill Arches are sandwiched between the Skew Bridge, carrying Brunel’s Great Western main line over the River Avon, and the castellated stone ‘gatehouse’ element of the viaduct located by the site of the mediaeval Southgate Bridge. There are seven segmental arches and they are constructed in blue engineering brickwork; four are through arches and three are blind. For some time the arches were used as tenancies but had fallen into disrepair. The lease was transferred to Bath & North East Somerset Council who, with support from Network Rail and the Trust, undertook a clearance of the arch spaces with removal of some later interventions. The arch openings were then closed with a sympathetically-styled set of gates and fences using a design which reflects the Great Western Railway heritage of the location. The area between the arches and the river was tidied up and replacement heritage balustrades to the river frontage incorporated together with restored sections of the original Brunelera balustrades. This worthwhile restoration now requires some further attention to replace missing elements and restore the

Littleborough Station was originally opened by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1839. The later platform building, which sits on a raised area beyond and above the booking office, is constructed in coursed, figured stone, with ashlar quoins and window surrounds, and is exhibiting signs of having been subjected to some movement over the years. This is also evidenced in period photographs. The local history society has taken over the lease of the building, and is converting it into an archive and study centre, retaining as much of the original

Top left: Detail of arch enclosures Above: General view of arches

remaining original cast-iron arch numerals, which were not part of the original commission.


Above: Station building showing restored entrance

fabric as possible and installing replacement fixtures to the original detail, where these can be ascertained. This year the Trust has supported the reopening and restoration of the front door (not on the platform elevation) as part of the initial implementation works. Sponsor: Littleborough Historical and Archaeological Society, Littleborough, Greater Manchester Architect: Burr Design Associates Ltd, Rochdale, Greater Manchester Contractor: Dean Murphy Builders, Littleborough, Greater Manchester Windows & Doors: Ashwood (Rochdale) Ltd, Rochdale, Greater Manchester

Sponsor & Designer: Bath & North East Somerset Council Property Services, Bath, Somerset Contractor: TPM (Southwest) Ltd, Bath, Somerset Metalwork: Weldcraft Engineering Ltd, Shepton Mallet, Somerset