Readers may be interested to know that the stained glass window destined to be included in the new railway station (KWN February 27) is not the only one in existence; I know of at least three more, and many other relics from the station survive.
Walter Whiteman, the son of a former station master and lease holder on the station site for his business ‘Whiteman Fuels’ and builder’s merchants, thoughtfully removed the windows and bricked up the apertures in the early 1970s to protect the building from vandalism; sadly, not 100 percent successfully. However, when the station was being demolished in 1984, a whole collection of this type of window was found more or less intact, carefully leaned against walls in fours and fives, and thus many were saved.
Also known to survive from the station are the staircases for the footbridge that were incorporated into a barn development not far from Kenilworth, a plethora of bricks, floor and wall tiles, roof slates, ornamental woodwork and other materials, handles hinges and catches from the ticket office were used to help furnish a bedroom suite, a ticket guichet is on display in the Abbey Fields barn, and perhaps most poignantly of all, the station clock (still working) is in the safe hands of a local enthusiast. Perhaps the laying of a small area of original floor tiles should also be included in the station.
With much of the remaining original railway structures likely to be decimated in the forthcoming electrification of the line, the most interesting remnant of Kenilworth’s railway history is the facade of the original station, transported down Station Road and re-erected at the rear of the Kings Arms in 1883, where it still stands. And so we still have a railway station in Station Road, even though the new one opening next year will be in Priory Road.
Robin D Leach, Arthur Street, Kenilworth