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Bristol Temple Meads Station

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Bristol Temple Meads Station

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Bristol Temple Meads Station

The work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel is celebrated with more than one nomination on the ICONS website, reflecting not only the innovation of his work but the diversity of schemes he undertook. As engineer of the Great Western Railway, it fell to Brunel to design the terminus buildings for the line at Bristol (Temple Meads) and in London (Paddington). He chose a Tudor style for the architecture, mixing Victorian technology with an older Gothic look. Temple Meads was completed first and is the world’s oldest surviving purpose built railway terminus.

The train shed was an engineering marvel in its day and at 72 ft long is still the world’s largest single-span hammerbeam roof. The rapid expansion of the railways in the 19th century meant that two stations were built adjacent to one another, and Brunel’s “Old Station” was superseded by its neighbour and eventually closed in 1965. The unique train shed is now a car park and the original terminus building home to the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum.


Your comments

The wonderful quality of stone-work and the imaginative old design. A beautiful monument to the Victorian/Brunel times.

Mr Jonathan KING

For the summer of 2006 the Brunel station within the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum will be open for pre-arranged tours during the Brunel 200 celebrations in Bristol.
Derek Scott



My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry