Although unmistakably the work of Thompson , and contemporary with the original station building of 1840 a certain amount of mystery surrounds this building . The original station was south of the present site , and Corporation Street did not exist at that time . Some well-studied railway historians doubt that this building originally existed in this spot . The entry in ‘Britain’s Historic Railway Buildings’ (Oxford University Press, 2003) reads :
‘Its purpose is uncertain . A contemporary map shows “machine house” on the approximate site , presumably a weighing machine, yet the building’s size suggests a dwelling, perhaps for the station master.’
Certainly it would repay further study .
Grade II listed.