Historic twist for town’s new rail station thanks to campaigners

The window is planned to form part of the new station design
The window is planned to form part of the new station design

An original piece of the town’s former station will form part of the new building after a window was rescued and kept safe by campaigners.

A panel of stained glass window is being stored at a garage in Rawnsley Drive after being rescued from the former building and picked up by keen railway enthusiasts.

Kenlworth Station where the window is thought to have once been

Kenlworth Station where the window is thought to have once been

Graham Hyde, who has been involved with the campaign to return the town station for almost a decade, picked up the metre-long window panel after it was taken to Leamington’s Re-useful Centre.

And despite some damage to glass panes, he said there is now interest from Warwickshire County Council planners to get the historic window restored and used as part of the new station off Priory Road.

He said the glass was saved from the demolition of the building in the 1980s, and last year taken to the recycling centre in hope of finding somebody who would take an interest in keeping it.

Graham, who lives with his wife Ingrid in the town, said: “Luckily someone who worked there knew someone who was involved with the campaigns, and so it found its way to me.

“When we mentioned that we had it, people were very interested in using it in the new build and we will just have to see from here what happens.

“It has some damage to it. We have pieces in an ice cream tub and some of the leading needs replacing, but there is hope which is great.”

The window is thought to have formed part of the decorative design high up on the former station building and should fit with the conservative design of the new build due to be constructed early next year.

Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin and MP Jeremy Wright welcomed plans to include the window in the building during a visit to the site on Monday - hailing it as an ideal way to mark the new station after 50 years.

Cllr Dave Shilton, who helped bring the discovery of the window to the attention of the council after it was found in the Hyde’s garage, said it would form an “excellent addition” to the building and help bring some history to the new site.

Mr Hyde was one of the founder members of ASK (A Station for Kenilworth) which first looked into calls for the return of the town’s station.

The idea was well supported by councillors and all parties campaigned to make the move a reality - resulting in the build now being set to go ahead next year.

Despite no longer being active, the campaign group started off calls for the station after growing interest, and worked to pull in figures and polls on public opinion.