Stockton And Darlington Railway Carriage Works, Darlington: Historic Building Investigation and Assessment of Significance

Author(s): Purcell Architecture Ltd

The Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR) Carriage Works is a Grade II-listed building located on Hopetown Lane, Darlington. This historic building report was commissioned by Historic England for the Stockton & Darlington Railway Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) to inform the development of Darlington's Railway Heritage Quarter (RHQ) Masterplan. Constructed in 1853, the Carriage Works was built for the repair, and then later for the construction, of railway passenger carriages. It initially employed a small workforce of 12, and at its peak employed 310 men, but closed in 1886 when the North Eastern Railway (NER), with which the S&DR had merged, transferred most manufacturing and repair to their works in York. Thereafter, the building was adapted for a variety of purposes including warehousing and a car maintenance works, before returning to heritage-railway use. The Carriage Works is a rare survival of a building type designed when railway architecture was in its infancy. Its layout was typical of its contemporaries, but its simplicity of architectural form reflects the Quaker values of the architect Joseph Sparkes and the S&DR. The Carriage Works is highly significant for its group value with several nearby survivals dating from this early period of railway history.

Report Number:
Research Report
Railway Architectural Investigation Historic Research


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