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Historic tiles make their return to Normanton Railway Station

Last pieces of a historic tiled map will be put in place at Normanton Railway Station, pictured are councillors Alan Wassell and David Dagger. (w623a413)

Last pieces of a historic tiled map will be put in place at Normanton Railway Station, pictured are councillors Alan Wassell and David Dagger. (w623a413)

A piece of heritage and a new display have been unveiled at Normanton railway station.

A replica of the historic North Eastern Railway tiled map has been installed at the station alongside a plaque of the Normanton Town Council coat of arms, created by artist Harry Malkin.

The original map was installed in 1900, when the station was one of the most important on the country’s rail network and was regularly visited by Queen Victoria. It was removed when the old station was demolished.

Mayor of Normanton, Coun Hazel Jones, said: “I think it’s wonderful. I remember the old tile map, it was lovely. When the station was demolished the map vanished. We’re pleased it has been restored.”

The installation of the displays are the first phase 
of a £20,000 regeneration project to improve Normanton town centre.

Artist Harry Malkin, said: “The coat of arms is a bespoke piece which commemorates Normanton. It was created with involvement from young people who are part of the town’s Well Project.”

The regeneration project consists of two phases which aim to preserve the town’s past and improve its future.

Normanton Coun Alan Wassell said: “What we 
have tried to do is bring the map back.

“It is great to see a piece of work returning. The new plaque is a welcome for visitors and the map is a reminder of times gone by.”

Metro is also investing £150,000 in the area as part of the Normanton Delivery Plan.

The funding will be used to improve transport connections between the railway station and bus stops in the area, disabled access, signage and shelters.

Normanton Coun David Dagger said: “We’re delighted at the unveiling. This is a part of Normanton’s heritage and all part of the Normanton regeneration project.”

 

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