GWR Route: The North Warwickshire Line
GWR Route: Stratford on Avon to Hatton
Stratford on Avon Station: gwrsa1530
Looking towards the parcels enclosure from the island
platform with the parcels office on the left and refreshment room on the right.
The large double doors to the parcels office are partially visible on the left.
Parcels traffic was not just limited to small boxes wrapped in brown paper but
actually included loads of up to one ton in weight. Perishable and
non-perishable items for local shops formed the bulk of most of the traffic
received at Stratford on Avon station. Fish for Kinman Fishmongers of the High
Street, crumpets for JJ Mitchell & Son of Wood Street and stock for FW
Woolworth's are just a few examples.
The the intricate fascia board to canopy has been sawn off
leaving just a little evidence of the stylised finish. This must have been
because of the damage and disrepair that was also evident in image 'gwrsa1494' however this must have been subsequently
replaced as in image 'gwrsa508a' the facia board is
seen in its entirety. This is proved by comparing the above photograph which
shows the station sign suspended above the parcels enclosure being of GWR
origin (which dates the photograph as pre-1952) compared to the sign seen in
image 'gwrsa508a' which is a British Railways
corporate sign (erected in 1954).