GWR Paddington

The core of the station at Reading is also of note, while Sonning cutting to the east of Reading was one of the major engineering works on the eastern half of the line and though comprised by recent development retains much of its original aspect. The proposed Site restarts to encompass a single structure – the magnificent bridge over the Thames at Maidenhead. Opened in 1838 the twin elliptical central arches of 130ft span were the flattest brick arches built in the country up to that date. The proposed Site recommences where the line is carried over the valley at Hanwell by the impressive Wharncliffe Viaduct which is on the section of line opened in 1838. Built in brick by Messrs Grissel and Peto in a vaguely Egyptian style, the viaduct is soo feet long with eight arches of 70ft span and carries the amorial bearings of Lord Wharncliffe in the centre of the southern elevation. The Viaduct was originally 30ft between parapets but was widened in the late 19th century in like style. East of the Viaduct the proposed Site terminates as the original line becomes lost in the multiplicity of lines carrying suburban as well as mainline traffic.

It re-emerges at Paddington Station with its superb trainshed roof designed by Brunel, with architectural embellishment by Sir Digby Wyatt, and the railway hotel and offices. This comprises the final element of the proposal. Boundaries The proposed Site comprises seven outstanding individual elements and is restricted to the line of the original GWR railway and the structures associated with I K Brunel; it does not include present day track and operational infrastructure.

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