- Jun 7, 2014
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After my last report being well documented I thought u may like this. I can only find one permission visit from 16 that covered the workshops only, this is an overlooked bit of deco excellence IMO.
Iv started with a stolen pic as I neglected to take any externals.
The St. James garage started out as the Northampton Corporation tram sheds after the Northampton town council bought out the Northampton Street tramway system in 1901 and replaced the majority of horse drawn trams with an electrified system in 1904,
The facilities included storage, workshops and fabulous Art Deco Corporation Office building. Public transport in Northampton was revolutionised with the company returning profits after the first year of operation and industry in the town also grew.
This is essentially an empty shell but entering through the toilet gives you an idea of whats to come.
In 1937 the council approved a new extension, to house the expanding fleet that was to include a new garage area (itself measuring an impressive 260ft by 90ft and one of the largest unsupported roof structures of the time), mess room, recreation room and engine test room and opened in 1939 along with the fabulous Art Deco Corporation Office building.
Moving through the rooms we hit the stairs which is what its really all about.
Criminally the handrails to the stairs have been carelessly ripped out which nearly made me cry!
strange also as everything else is completely untouched.
The upstairs rooms are also empty but equally cool
Thanks for looking