Inside Curzon Street Station
The Birmingham Post recently run a series called Hidden Spaces, looking at buildings and structures around the city that are no longer in use but have a colourful past.
Naturally, the editors could not overlook Digbeth’s Curzon Street Station, the oldest railway terminus in the world, designed by Philip Charles Hardwick in the 1830s.
The station served the first railway line between London and Birmingham, engineered by Robert Stephenson, and was known as Birmingham Station before New Street was built.
All the surrounding buildings and platforms have been demolished, leaving only the entrance building, which is Grade I listed, and once appeared in the BBC’s Hustle series as a target for a property development con. The building can also be seen in Birmingham band UB40’s video to Red Red Wine, which was filmed in the neighbouring Eagle and Tun pub.
Here’s an extract from the article:
Behind the giant red doors, the interior is haunting, a hollow space, filled only by creaking and whistling of the wind through the broken windows. The rooms are devoid of furniture, lost to time and use, however many original features such as the fireplaces and light fixtures have survived.
The building closed in 1966, but throughout the decades found temporary uses and owners. However, since 2006 it has stood vacant, serving occasionally as a space for art exhibitions. It now sits central to the masterplan for the HS2 station that will once again be known as Curzon Street.
To read more and to see more pictures of the inside of the building, click here to visit the Birmingham Post website.