The Mayor of Knaresborough Councillor Christine Willoughby, marked the unveiling of the plaque awarded at the 2021 National Railway Heritage Awards in a ceremony held at the station on Thursday 14 April.
The success in the work undertaken in the restoration of the station by Network Rail and the conversion of previously unused space into a new public house – the Track & Sleeper – had been marked by the project’s receipt of the Arch Company Urban Heritage Award, which had been announced at the award ceremony held in London in early December 2021.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by members of the National Railway Heritage Awards and by representatives of sponsors, the Arch Company, Northern and Gorilla Brothers Ltd.
The Mayor of Knaresborough prepares to cut the ribbon to unveil officially the plaque at Knaresborough station on 14 April with, from the left, Robin Leleux, former Chairman of the Adjudicators for the National Railway Heritage Awards, Roger King, Director of Capital Programmes for award sponsors The Arch Company, Tony Baxter, from Northern, and, representing Gorilla Brothers, Jason White and Philip Paling.
Prior to the commencement of the conversion of part of the internal space at the Grade II listed station at Knaresborough, designed by Thomas Prosser for the North Eastern Railway, Network Rail undertook a two-year project to restore the building’s fabric. The work on this and the creation of the Track & Sleeper public house was recognised when the project was given the Arch Company Urban Heritage Awards at the 2021 National Railway Heritage Awards.
The interior of the Track & Sleeper public house; work commenced on the fitting out of the space in March 2021 and all surviving features, such as coving and architraves, were restored and, where necessary, replicated with new material.