Tyne and Wear
Tynemouth Station is one of the best examples of Victorian railway architecture in Britain, yet was once considered one of the most ‘at risk’ buildings in the country. A monument to the age of steam, the station is famed for its extravagant decoration and especially for the ornamental ironwork of its glazed canopies.
Built in 1882 by North East Railway Engineer Thomas Harrison to an elaborate design by William Bell, Tynemouth is one of the oldest stations in the Tyne and Wear metro network.
In 1980 the station was threatened with demolition and, following a public campaign, was purchased by North Tyneside Council and partially restored.
In 1993 the Council and Millhouse Developments Ltd formed a joint venture company, Station Developments Ltd, to complete the station’s restoration and development with funding and advice from English Heritage. The Friends of Tynemouth Station and Tynemouth Village Association have also been particularly instrumental in maintaining the cultural life of this stunning station.