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Visiting Eastbourne, England and its railroad station: towered structure by F D Bannister, dating from 1886
A striking terminus from the Victorian era
Some features and history
Among its salient architectural features is its clock tower, which makes the building a highly conspicuous landmark in the Downtown area (1).
The architect was F D Bannister, who specialized in buildings connected with the railroad company for which he worked. His creation at Eastbourne is made particularly striking by the use of multicoloured brick. A pavilion roof with a conspicuous dome is also among the more prominent features. Another part of the station's composition is a glazed, Victorian-era 'carriage drive' (featured in one of the pictures, supplied to the right).
The overall ground plan is somewhat asymmetrical. Part of the building has two storeys, with arcades at the upper level. This ground plan partly reflects the fact that the railroad lines terminate at Eastbourne and any trains with onward destination
The railroad companies which have served Eastbourne's station are so numerous that it's almost superfluous to list them all. The original company to serve Eastbourne at its predecessor station, a wooden structure opened in 1849, was the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. The expansion of the railroad facilities for the town in the 19th century coincided to a considerable extent with the growth in Eastbourne as a seaside resort.
With the contraction of rail travel in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and the considerable expansion of air travel, it is sometimes easy to forget how much of a radical development rail travel constituted in the Victorian era. Fine buildings such as Eastbourne's station stand as conspicuous monuments to such development.
May 18, 2012
(1) Particularly along the neighbouring Terminus and Gildredge Roads, the station clock tower is a looming focal point in Downtown Eastbourne.
Also worth seeing
Eastbourne has many visitor attractions and noted buildings. These include: Beachy Head and its lighthouse; the Pier; Leaf Hall; the Martello Wish Tower; the Redoubt Fortress; the Sovereign Harbour; and many others.
Pevensey (distance: approx. 7 kilometres); the ancient Castle at Pevensey dates partly from Roman and partly from Norman times.
How to get there: United Airlines flies to London Heathrow Airport, where car rental is available. (Distance from London Heathrow to Eastbourne : 146 kilometres.) For access by road, take M25/M23/A23/A27. There are rail links to Eastbourne from London Victoria railroad station. Please note that some facilities may be withdrawn without notice. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.
MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.
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