Built in 1848 by the North Staffordshire Railway Company, this Grade-II* listed station was conceived in the style of a 'Jacobean manor-house', assembled with dark red brick and emblazoned with stone dressings and diapering. Designed as the company's headquarters, its grandeur reflected the ambition of the times.
With only three platforms, the station seems far wider than is necessary, but this isn't ostentation, as it was originally designed to accommodate non-stopping 'through trains'.
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Iconic landmarks, Stations, Victorian