Parkend Waiting Shelter
The village of Parkend was, during the 1800s, one of the industrial centres of the Forest of Dean. The Severn & Wye railway reached the village in 1868, just as the industrial fortunes of the area went into decline. A goods shed built in 1871 by Messrs. Eassie & Co was moved from the Marsh sidings to station proper in 1897. In 1929 the station closed to passengers and the buildings and equipment, except the Brick WC and Goods shed were recovered.
Parkend is the spiritual home of the Dean Forest Railway with the embryonic Society starting in the old Goods Yard and Goods Shed in 1970, the first steam day being held in 1971. Following hundreds of hours of painstaking work, the station has been recreated to what is seen today – yet one feature that had yet to be recreated was the Platform Waiting Shelter.
A pre-1929 photo showing the shelter and chocolate machine! (Ian Pope Collection).
The shelter was drawn up from original designs built by the Parkend Monday Gang. In due course, it will be dedicated to the memory of Mervyn Thomas, a former leader of the Parkend Monday Gang and one of the founding members of the Dean Forest Railway Society, who sadly passed away unexpectedly in 2018.
We’d like to thank all of those that made the project possible, which was funded with £587.50 that was raised in memory of Mervyn Thomas, a generous donation of £200 from Howden’s Joinery in Ross-on-Wye and a grant of £1328 from the Summerfield Charitable Trust.