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HER Number:MDV122185
Name:Station building at Princetown


No longer extant, this is depicted on the late 19th century historic map. Built for the opening of the station around 1883, it was demolished after the closure of the line in the mid-1950s.


Grid Reference:SX 586 734
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RAILWAY BUILDING (Built, XIX - 1883 AD to 1889 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Station building to the north of the tracks depicted on the late 19th century historic map.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

The early 20th century historic map shows the station building with platform shelter section for passengers at the front.

Bastin, C. H., 1989, Princetown Railways, 31-2 (Pamphlet). SDV252923.

The main station passenger building at Princetown contained a booking hall, and general waiting room, a parcels office, booking office and ladies room. Built from rendered stone, with a slate roof.
Author states that one of the chimneys of the passenger building disappeared ('almost overnight') in 1947, at the same time as some minor alterations to the inside of the building.
N.B.: this date cannot currently be verified (Richards, A. F., 19/06/2018).

Kingdom, A. R., 1991, The Yelverton to Princetown Railway, 35-37, 50, 70 (Monograph). SDV361466.

The station building was rectangular, constructed from brick and rendered in cement. The corners of the walls, the windows and door surrounds were decorated with a castellation design similar to Dousland. There were some ten windows and three doors along the platform side of the building, catering for all the usual office functions. A single door and window were at each end of the building.
The apex roof was of slate, edged with blue Staffordshire ridge tiles at one end and zinc plating at the other. Two elegant limestone chimney stacks set of the finish of the roof, one near the centre and one at the eastern end. There is evidence of much change to the roof as early photographs show three chimney stacks and older slating.
A spacious canopy, edged with a skirt of vertical planking of various lengths and cut to a saw tooth pattern, stretched to the platform edge from the centre section of the building. The ends of the canopy were equipped with large wooden screens, erected halfway towards the platform edge from the front wall of the building. These were to shield the Waiting Rooms and Ticket Office from severe weather conditions.
Images of the station building of various dates. One dated to around the turn of the century (and shows the construction of houses to the rear of the station building) shows the structure on the platform with its original 3 chimneys (page 70). Other images (one dated 1908, the other thought to date to around 1900) show the third chimney (at the western end), has been removed by this time (page 50).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV252923Pamphlet: Bastin, C. H.. 1989. Princetown Railways. Princetown Railways. Paperback Volume. 31-2.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #111929 ]
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV361466Monograph: Kingdom, A. R.. 1991. The Yelverton to Princetown Railway. The Yelverton to Princetown Railway. Paperback Volume. 35-37, 50, 70.

Associated Monuments

MDV122191Related to: 1-8 Station Road Cottages, Princetown (Building)
MDV122189Related to: Carriage Shed at Princetown Railway Station (Building)
MDV122188Related to: Engine Shed at Princetown Railway Station (Building)
MDV122187Related to: Goods Shed at Princetown Railway Station (Building)
MDV122186Related to: Signal box at Princetown Railway Station (Building)
MDV122192Related to: Stationmaster's House, Princetown (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 19 2018 12:09PM