Decorated keystone from South Stockton arch, Thornaby station

Made:
1842 in Thornaby
maker:
Stockton & Darlington Railway

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Keystone from a decorative arch at South Stockton station on the Stockton & Darlington Railway, about 1842. The face of the stone depicts the head of an old, bearded man surrounded by vines and ivy, probably a Green Man or perhaps the Greek and Roman god Dionysus/Bacchus. On the reverse of the stone are bunches of grapes and vine leaves.

Keystone from a decorative arch featuring the face of an old, bearded man surrounded by vines and ivy. The arch formed part of the station buildings at South Stockton station on the Stockton & Darlington Railway. The station, which opened in May 1842, later became known as Thornaby. The figure is probably intended to represent a Green Man or the Greek and Roman god Dionysus, also known as Bacchus.

Details

Category:
Railway Infrastructure
Object Number:
2001-8283
Materials:
stone
Measurements:
overall without pallet: 915 mm x 1030 mm x 520 mm,
overall including pallet: 1120 mm x 1030 mm x 790 mm, 745 kg
type:
keystone
credit:
British Rail, Clapham