Skittle Alley 30 Metres South East Of Youlston Park Lodges

5 Aug 1999
Skittle Alley 30 Metres South East Of Youlston Park Lodges, A39, Shirwell, North Devon, Devon, EX31 4LE
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5/55 Skittle Alley - 30 metres south-east of Youlston Park Lodges - II

Railway carriage, presently used as skittle alley. 1897. 48 foot wheelbase GWR corridor bogie carriage, now without bogies. Green painted timber coachwork on metal and timber frames with rounded beads and pattresses over panel joints.

Screened along the south side with corrugated iron independently fixed and extending over clerestory roof. The coachwork at the ends and along the north side retains all the original timber window frames, glazed and blind, doors and louvred ventilators, all with radius corners asymmetrically arranged. The doors are lettered 8283 A, B, C and D internally. The interior is no longer divided owing to the superimposition of a timber skittle alley leaving the original diagonal flooring alternating between structural frames visible each side of the alley. The frames at ceiling level form white painted coffers with gilt border decoration.

Silk pulls remain on some carriage door windows together with some panelling. 2 water closets, internal divisions and the seats are missing. Some panelling is incorporated into New Barns, Shirwell Cross . This first class carriage, made at Swindon Carriage Works, was expressly designed as the second of six 48 foot carriages for the 1897 Diamond Jubilee Royal Train. It probably carried ladies-in- waiting, with their attendants toward the engine. Originally numbered 283, the prefix 8 was added in 1909 and it was condemned on 19th November 1932. No other carriage survives from this train and 8283 rests alongside a hedgerow adjacent the highway, entered via the rear connecting door. The carriage is a remarkable survival and is listed for its design, unaltered bodywork and historic interest.

Source: The National Railway Museum, York who hold copies of the GWR drawings of the complete train.

Listing NGR: SS5911637358


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0003 IOE Records taken by L E Abbott; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr L.E. Abbott. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Abbott, L.E.

Rights Holder: Abbott, L.E.


Iron, Metal, Timber, Victorian Railway Carriage, Transport, Railway Transport Site, Timber Framed Building, Monument (By Form), Bowling Alley, Recreational, Sports Building, Sports Site