Chapter 5: The Victorian Age

Charing Cross Railway Station


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For Victorians the railway was more than just a means of transport – it was a symbol of an age.  What better expression of Victorian vitality and belief in progress than these steaming, snorting engines racing along endless tracks cut through the countryside? The buildings that the railways brought with them – the bridges, cuttings, viaducts and stations – were therefore more than just practical, they were built as celebrations of the age.

Charing Cross Station in London was opened in 1864, designed by leading railway engineer Sir John Hawkshaw. The glass roof was supported by wrought iron girders that spanned six railway tracks. This engraving by the Kell brothers was made soon after the building was completed and captures both the impressiveness of the architecture and the bustle of Victorian life.

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Link for activity 3, p. 245 - Mark Twain's sketches

The Victorian Web


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