Nottingham

Nottingham Victoria Station celebrated in new exhibition

Nottingham Victoria Station Image copyright Topical Press Agency
Image caption The station was opened in 1900 and named after Queen Victoria

An exhibition of photographs has gone on show to mark 50 years since the demise of "one of the most beautiful stations there has ever been".

Trains from Nottingham Victoria Station used to take passengers to destinations around England, including London, York, Bristol and Oxford.

It was demolished in 1967, a year after the final service to London left the station.

The site is now home to a shopping centre.

Image copyright Ben Brooksbank
Image caption Trains from Nottingham Victoria served cities including Manchester, York, Bristol and Oxford

Following the station's closure, all rail traffic was sent to Nottingham Midland, now the city's central station.

Exhibition organiser Janine Tanner said: "It was one of the most beautiful stations there has ever been.

"People used to refer to it as a cathedral.

Image copyright John Alsop
Image caption The station's clock tower still forms part of the shopping centre that has taken its place

"I think the majority of people were horrified when it closed.

"Obviously there were people who thought it should stay but the general consensus was that it shouldn't have closed."

The station opened in 1900 and was named after Queen Victoria but its owners cited falling passenger numbers and increased car travel in the 1960s as the reason for its closure.

The clock tower, a tunnel entrance and a retaining wall remain on the site as a reminder of the site's railway past.

The station's former Victoria Hotel - now the Nottingham Hilton - can also be seen in its original location.

Pictures highlighting its past are on show at the Nottingham Industrial Museum for the next three weekends.

The images then go on display at the Great Central Railway at Ruddington and the Victoria Shopping Centre.

Image copyright Ben Lamberhurst
Image caption Nottingham Victoria Station had 12 platforms
Image copyright Janine Tanner
Image caption The clock tower can still be seen as part of the Victoria Centre
Image copyright Janine Tanner
Image caption A tunnel and retaining wall remain on the Victoria Centre site

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