Representatives of the Railway Heritage Trust and the National Railway Heritage Awards gathered at Battle on Wednesday 11 May 2022 in order to unveil officially two plaques awarded for restoration work completed at the station shortly before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ceremony was part of a dual plaque unveiling at the station which included the unveiling of a Railway Heritage Trust Blue Plaque as well as the 2019 Great Western Railway Craft Skills award which was awarded to Southeastern Railway.
The works at Battle Station included significant stonework repairs and replacement roofing in traditional red clay tiles both in plain and scalloped banding. The station is regarded as one of the best small scale Victorian Gothic designs in the country, and the high-quality works have raised the building to a new level. The works included replacement decorative ridge crestings and replacement of a chimney stack which had been in poor unoriginal condition.
Malcolm Wood represented the NRHA and spoke on behalf of both the Awards Trustees and Committee and said a few words on behalf of the award sponsors GWR, thanking them for their support for the awards.
The unveiled plaques with, from left to right, Chris Cox, Andy Savage MBE deputy chairman of the Railway Heritage Trust and chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards, Malcolm Wood, one of the NRHA’s trustees, and Paul Brown. Paul Childs/Spheroview
Battle Station, designed by William Tress and originally completed in 1852, as restored. As the citation noted: That there was a great deal of planning and care in this project is evident, from the tracking down of the original station plans to the careful choice of replacement materials. The team has done a great job in restoring this attractive country station to its former glory.’ Paul Childs/Spheroview