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Bromsgrove author publishes book about New Street Station
3:40pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
WITH Birmingham’s New Street Station in the middle of a huge redesign project, one Bromsgrove historian has decided to look back at the building’s past.
Bromsgrove author Mark Norton has written a book, which covers the full 175 year history of the station, from its start as a grand building in 1854, boasting the largest arched single-span roof in the world, to the destruction of the roof during a bombing raid in the second world war, and its 1960s redesign that prompted people to label it as one of the country’s most hated buildings.
The book, features a large number of historical photographs, many of which were taken by Mr Norton’s father.
Mr Norton was commissioned to write the book after publishing a website of his father’s extensive collection of photographs, taken of Birmingham and local railways.
He said: “For my Dad, Birmingham was just a small part of his photographic collection. His real interest was in railways. He took photos of New Street station from the 1940s to 1965 as it was changing. With it being redeveloped again now I’ve been taking photos. I’ve developed this interest in how Birmingham is constantly changing.
“I’ve tried to tell the story through time right from when the station was opened, to the artists’ impressions of how it’s going to look.
“I do think it’s going to look a lot better than the 1960s redesign if it turns out how they’re showing, but I do feel sad that I never got to see the original station. It’s fascinating for me to see some of the pictures from the 1940s, because it looks the same as it did in the 19th century.”
Mr Norton’s book ‘Birmingham New Street Station Through Time’ is available to buy in bookshops and online.
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