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Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House
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It appears that the Totnes Atmospheric Engine House is in the process of demolition. Mark Horton has flagged this up on Britarch and there has been some debate there today and amongst members of the AIA. I thought it was worth bring to the attention of BAJR-ites as well.

Here is a copy of Dr. Horton's original message to Britarch for those (like myself) who are not subscribers.

Quote:quote:Many of you will will know about Brunel's atmospheric railway in South Devon - powered by stationary steam engines. Only two engine houses survive intact - at Starcross and Totnes. English Heritage have apparently declined to list the Totnes example - quite extraordinarily and the developer is in the process of stripping the roof, in a way that can only seem to be preparatory to demolition. This is clearly a monument of national importance in every way, and EH should immediately step in and spot list it - and this post is really to alert everyone to the real threat that seems imminent.

He later added

Quote:quote:It seems that EH's initial recommendation was that it was of insufficient architectural importance. In fact, it is one of the very few buildings that we have direct evidence that it was designed by Brunel personally, as we have the sketches for it (or one very similar) in his notebooks at Bristol. I hope that this might comprise sufficiently new information to warrant EH to change their minds!

More information is available on the sites below:

http://www.b-i-a-s.org.uk/BIAS_news.html

http://www.totnesonline.com/brunel/

http://www.totneslivingcommunity.co.uk/f...?p=419#419

The AIA have been in discussion with EH about this and I would hope that disaster can be averted. However various Britarchers have taken the step of writing to the Chief Executive of the company who are demolishing the site (Dairy Crest), and BAJR-ites may wish to follow their example. The Britarch debate can be found at:

http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadm...L=britarch







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Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Paul Belford - 21st February 2008, 04:55 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Sparky - 21st February 2008, 06:02 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Gog - 21st February 2008, 09:30 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Oxbeast - 22nd February 2008, 10:05 AM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Gog - 22nd February 2008, 11:00 AM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Noddy - 22nd February 2008, 11:07 AM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Curator Kid - 22nd February 2008, 11:10 AM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Steven - 22nd February 2008, 11:23 AM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by beamo - 22nd February 2008, 02:06 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Steven - 22nd February 2008, 02:52 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Steven - 22nd February 2008, 02:54 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by BAJR Host - 22nd February 2008, 03:51 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by beamo - 22nd February 2008, 04:30 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by BAJR Host - 22nd February 2008, 07:48 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by drpeterwardle - 22nd February 2008, 09:38 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by BAJR Host - 22nd February 2008, 11:44 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by BAJR Host - 24th February 2008, 11:50 AM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Paul Belford - 25th February 2008, 11:17 AM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Gog - 4th March 2008, 07:14 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Oxbeast - 12th March 2008, 03:42 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Sparky - 12th March 2008, 05:52 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Gog - 12th March 2008, 08:18 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by BAJR Host - 12th March 2008, 09:33 PM
Demolition of Brunel's Totnes Engine House - by Sparky - 13th March 2008, 10:14 AM

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