SX0754 : Signals and Par Signalbox

taken 4 years ago, near to Par, Cornwall, Great Britain

Signals and Par Signalbox
Signals and Par Signalbox
Par Signalbox

Par signal box is a Grade II listed former Great Western Railway signal box, located on Par railway station.
Opened in 1879 and built to the first GWR standard design, it was set up to control the GWR's mainline onwards to Penzance, together with the junction for the branch to Newquay. Located at the southern end of Platform 2, when first built it was less than half its current length, only containing 26 levers. In 1913, the frame was replaced, and an additional 57 levers were added. A panel has since been added to control the section through to St Austell and Burngullow as far west as the now closed Probus and Ladock railway station.
In July 2013, it was one of 26 "highly distinctive" signal boxes listed by Ed Davey, minister for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in July 2013, in a joint initiative by English Heritage and Network Rail to preserve and provide a window into how railways were operated in the past.

Listed Buildings and Structures

Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Par Station

Par railway station serves the villages of Par, Tywardreath and St Blazey in Cornwall. It is the junction for the Atlantic Coast Line to Newquay with the Cornish Main Line. The station is managed by Great Western Railway, who operate the train service along with CrossCountry. The station opened in 1859.

Atlantic Coast Line

The Atlantic Coast Line is a 33 km long Network Rail branch line which includes a community railway service in Cornwall. The line runs from the English Channel at Par ( Par Station on the Cornish Main Line ), to the Atlantic Ocean at Newquay. The line was opened in 1876.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 2 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Thursday, 8 February, 2018
Geographical Context
Railways  Communications 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 0768 5405 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:21.2921N 4:42.2958W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 0768 5408
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