Author(s): Simon Jenkins
The railway station is a place of coming and going, meeting, greeting and parting. It is the setting for our hopeful beginnings and our intended ends, with its own furnishings, rituals and priests. Britain's stations are also an architecture that is little studied and much neglected. They were the 'below stairs' of the railway, carrying a legacy of soot, decay and industrial decline. Yet they are fascinating buildings, and ones that are returning to prominence with the revival of railway travel. Simon Jenkins has travelled the length and breadth of Great Britain, from Waterloo to Wemyss Bay, Betws-y-Coed to Beverley, to select his hundred best. Blending his usual insight and authority with his personal reflections and experiences - including his founding the Railway Heritage Trust - the foremost expert on our national heritage deftly reveals the history, geography, design and significance of each of these glories.Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs throughout, this voyage of discovery through our social history shows the station's role in the national imagination; champions the engineers, architects and rival companies that made them possible; and tells the story behind the triumphs and follies of these very British creations. These are the marvellous, often unsung places that link our nation, celebrated like never before.
This glorious and utterly essential guide to Britain's best railway stations is also a history of some of the remarkable - but often undersung - landmarks to our social history * The Bookseller * Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece * Independent, Books of the Year on 'England's Thousand Best Churches' * Every house in England should have a copy of this book -- Auberon Waugh on 'England's Thousand Best Churches' * Literary Review, Book of the Century * Jenkins is, like all good guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude, nostalgic and funny, elegant, convincing and relaxed' -- Adam Nicolson on 'England's Thousand Best Houses' * Evening Standard * Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book -- Max Hastings on 'England's Thousand Best Houses' * Sunday Telegraph * Full of stand-out facts . . . absolutely fascinating -- Richard Bacon on 'A Short History of England' * BBC Radio 2 * Full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought -- Michael Wood on 'A Short History of England' * New Statesman * The supreme champion of Britain's heritage -- Alan Titchmarsh
Simon Jenkins is the author of the bestselling books A Short History of England, England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses. He is the former editor of the Evening Standard and The Times, and a columnist for the Guardian and Evening Standard. He has served as deputy chairman of English Heritage and chairman of the National Trust, was a founder member of SAVE Britain's Heritage and chaired the revision of the Pevsner guides from 1994 to 2011. He founded the Railway Heritage Trust and has served on the Boards of British Rail and London Transport. He lives in London and Aberdyfi.