Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT) are hosting a series of tours of Wingfield Station where you can visit inside the station and learn about the restoration project. Click below for tickets in August:
I went along on Sunday (25th July) and it was an informative and interesting 90 minutes. The trustees give a great talk outlining the history of the station and their plans for its future, including all the challenges they face, not least being located next to an operational mainline. In summary, Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT) took ownership of the Grade II* Wingfield Station buildings and site in 2019 from Amber Valley Borough Council (having themselves acquired the station by way of a Compulsory Purchase Order). The Station will be restored back to its 1840 status to signify its importance as being one of the few surviving original stations from the pioneer era of railways and the only surviving original station designed by Francis Thompson for George Stephenson’s North Midland Railway between Derby and Sheffield.
The Station – despite its dilapidated state of repair – is remarkably original and to complete the project, they intend to restore the single track siding that was installed across the station yard. There are no plans to reinstate the station as a station, although it is adjacent to the Midland Main Line the station is several miles from the nearest significant town. Once the restoration is complete, it is envisaged that the station will be re-purposed for use as rural offices, although it will be accessible for tours on several occasions during the year.
Click on the following link for more information from Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust
▲Trustees from DHBT explaining the origins of the Station, why it was sited here and its uses over the years
▲A great explanation of the plans for the interior with lots of opportunity to ask questions
▲The building is far from water-tight – and the roof is an immediate priority
▲A view from the yard of the station and parcel shed