Spotlight on Buxton station’s famous ‘fanlight’

Weeding the fanlight window at Buxton Station during the recent refurbishment. Photo contributed.
Weeding the fanlight window at Buxton Station during the recent refurbishment. Photo contributed.

Fans of Buxton’s railway station want to use its famous fanlight to brighten up the historic building.

The revitalised Friends of Buxton Station (FoBS) are a group of volunteers who have been making improvements to the town’s rail gateway, including clearing weeds, planting flowers and installing hanging baskets.

Now the volunteers are seeking permission to illuminate the fanlight in the wall facing the Palace Hotel so it gives out a welcoming glow.

“FoBS aims to improve the station facilities, including seats and signs as well as car parking, and overall environment,” said member Marc Haywood.

“We recognise the unique architectural features of the station, not least the fan window and aim to raise the appreciation of this by making the station a place Buxton will be proud of.

“There is currently a planning application in to allow us to illuminate the fan window. This is supported by the owners, DB Schenker.

“So far everyone we have mentioned this to has spoken positively about the idea.”

The fanlight window is all that now remains of Buxton’s double station built for the Midland and LNWR companies and largely demolished in 1969-70.

FoBS’ long-term project has seen local schools join with students for the University of Derby and Buxton and Leek College to provide artwork murals on the fencing, and eventually FoBS hope to install bird feeders and nesting boxes. To get involved, email fobs.buxton@gmail.com.