I’ve always had a soft spot for the architecture at Bosham station, the next stop along the line from our village, so it seemed an obvious thing to shoot for today’s theme. It’s been very well maintained and provides an excellent way to keep out of the rain – one of the purposes of today’s theme. When I arrived to take my photo one of the station staff was just leaving and he told me lots of interesting facts about the station when he saw me taking photos. It’s a Victorian building and apparently was built for Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband. It seems he had friends living locally and wanted somewhere attractive to alight from the train when he visited so Victoria had Bosham station built for the purpose. It’s certainly a handsome structure, with all the original cast ironwork still in place. The ticket office has its original parquet flooring and the waiting room still has the original cast iron fireplace, although I’m sure it’s a long while since it’s been used. Even the station bridge is the original one – complete with hundreds of hand riveted joints. And to think I would have known none of this had I not bumped into that particular railway employee!
Thanks to Marjorie (McMommy) for setting today’s theme. Last Tuesday’s theme was ‘Then and now’. The other interpretations of this week’s theme can be found here