Boston Lodge/Buildings

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Boston Lodge is the heart of the engineering on the Ffestiniog Railway. Here are the railway's engineering workshops, locomotive shed and carriage works.

It is situated at Penrhyn Isa, Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, on the A487 road about 1 mile SE across the Afon Glaslyn causeway ('The Cob') from Porthmadog, Gwynedd in north-west Wales.

The original 'Penrhyn Isa' cottage (now the railway works office) was renamed 'Boston Lodge' after Boston, Lincolnshire, the parliamentary seat of William Madocks, the proprietor of the land reclamation venture.

The site at Boston Lodge first held barracks for many of the 150 men working from the Merioneth side on the construction of The Cob. Here there were stables and smithies for the horses and wagons used to carry the stone. Later with the coming of the horse drawn Ffestiniog Railway, the stables and smithies were brought back into use from 1836 onwards and there has been almost continuous development of the site for railway purposes since.

More information on Boston Lodge can be found elsewhere by searching for "Boston Lodge". For buildings that no longer exist see Boston Lodge: Former buildings.

The buildings that make up the Boston Lodge complex are reviewed in the order that they appear on the Register as follows:-

Boston Lodge, Plan of the Yard


No Name Terry Corner's ID Operational Description Listing Status History, Character and Significance Current Use Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
86 No 3 Boston Lodge BL001 No House, rented out Grade 2 Not assessed Rented house Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed
86a Garage BL001 No Garage on old turntable No heritage status Rented house Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed
88 Halt Room BL002.01 No Old Weigh house from 1830s Not assessed Not assessed Rented house Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed
89 Old Engine Shed BL002.02 Yes Engine shed Grade 2 Pending Engine and carriage shed Recently restored None Pending Pending
90 Plas Smart BL003 No Former superintendent's office Grade 2 See main article Unused Externally recently repaired (2014) Internal restoration now required Internal restoration now required Reinstatement of original features such as chimney stack recently completed; installation of underfloor heating; electrics
91 Brown 20ft container BL004 Yes Description No Not assessed Electrical Store Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed Not known
92 Old S&T Office now scrapped BL005 Scrapped
93 S&T Workshop BL006 No Old Tunnel Mess - scrapped 2015 None - curtilage building Not assessed None scrapped scrapped scrapped scrapped
94 Britomart Shed BL007 Yes Corrugated iron None - curtilage building None Not known Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed
95 Brown MNDX Portakabin BL008 Scrapped
96 20ft container BL009 Scrapped
97 Telephone Exchange BL010 Yes Solid stone walls under a duo pitched slate roof Grade 2 History, Character and Significance Current Use Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
98 Old Brass Foundry BL011 Yes Solid stone walls under a duo pitched slate roof. Grade 2 See main listing Store Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
99 Blacksmiths Shop BL012 Yes Stone walls under a dup pitched roof covered with Welsh Slate on the front and corrugated iron sheets at the rear Grade 2 History, Character and Significance Store Dilapidated External stone wall repairs Roof coverings and structure Wish List for Improvements
100 No 2 Machine Shop BL012 Yes Stone walls under a duo pitched roof covered with slate Grade 2 See main listing New store for Mechanical Department Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
101 Den BL014 yes Description Listing Status History, Character and Significance Current Use Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
102 No 1 Boston Lodge BL015 No Prominent 2 storey building with white painted stone walls under dup pitched roof covered with Welsh slate Grade 2 Originally built in 1808 as a barrack block to accommodate the workers building the Cob embankment Rented out as flats Current Condition See main article See main article See main article
103 No 2 Boston Lodge BL016 No See main article for No 1 Boston Lodge Grade 2 See main article for No 1 Boston Lodge Rented out as flats. Was workmen's barracks See main article for No 1 Boston Lodge See main article for No 1 Boston Lodge See main article for No 1 Boston Lodge See main article for No 1 Boston Lodge
104 Electrical workshop (Old Den) BL017 Yes Description Grade 2 listed History, Character and Significance Electrical workshop Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
105 Oil Store BL018 Yes Description Listing Status History, Character and Significance Current Use Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
106 S&T Workshop BL019 Yes Description Listing Status History, Character and Significance Current Use Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
107 Electricity Sub Station BL020 Yes Description Listing Status History, Character and Significance Current Use Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
107a Compressor House - Yes Description Listing Status History, Character and Significance Compressor House Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
108 Gas Store BL021 Yes Description Listing Status History, Character and Significance Current Use Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
109 No 1 Machine Shop BL022 Yes Solid stone walls, render' glass 'blocks', under a duo pitched roof covered with slates. 2 storey. Grade 2 See main listing Machine Shop Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
110 Old Erecting Shop BL023 Yes Description Listing Status See main listing Current Use Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
111 New Erecting Shop BL024 Yes Description Listing Status History, Character and Significance Current Use Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
112 Loco Shed BL025 Yes Steel frame, corrugated cladding Listing Status Modern (1966) Loco Shed Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
113 Brown MDX Carriage BL026 Yes Description Listing Status History, Character and Significance Current Use Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
114 Carriage Works BL027 Yes Steel frame, corrugated cladding Listing Status Modern Carriage Works Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
115 13/14 Road Carriage Shed BL028 Yes Steel frame, corrugated cladding Listing Status Modern Carriage Shed Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
116 HLF Workshop 11,12&15 Roads BL029 Yes Steel frame, corrugated cladding Listing Status Modern Carriage Workshop Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
117 Carriage Works Wood Store BL030 Yes Description Listing Status History, Character and Significance Wood store Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
117a C2 Shed - Yes Steel frame, corrugated cladding Listing Status Modern Locomotive workshop Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
118 Crane BL031 No Description Listing Status History, Character and Significance Current Use Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required Wish List for Improvements
N/A Wall on Quarry edge N/A No Dry stone wall Not listed Significant as this wall has been present since the early days of the railway. N/A Current Condition Urgent Repairs Required Other Repairs Required

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