Kidderminster Station Sweet Shop
The sweet shop at Kidderminster is in a partial reconstruction of an original 1930s-era W.H.Smith & Son newsagent bookstall. This originally stood on Manchester Victoria Station, before being donated to the SVRSevern Valley Railway by W.H.Smith in 1989. When a group from the SVRSevern Valley Railway went to Manchester to inspect the kiosk and take measurements, they found that contractors has already begun to demolish it. The roller shutters were still intact and, using these and other remaining parts, the SVRSevern Valley Railway were able to reconstruct the present bookstall which is around 12ft x 6ft smaller than the original. The bookstall was formally opened on 27 September 1989; the name W.H.Smith & Son being displayed under license.
Around 2015 the Friends of Kidderminster Town Station added features seen on this once familiar station newsagent, being nine frames with their criss-cross wires below the counter and a wooden frame added to the roof to display 1930s newspaper advertisement panels. A full set of newspaper headline posters and advertisements were produced that are facsimiles of genuine 1935 originals.
W.H.Smith & Son obtained advertising rights on the Oxford Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway in 1856. They opened a bookstall at the original Kidderminster station in December 1861, by which time the railway was operated by the West Midland Railway. The bookstall closed in 1905 when the GWRGreat Western Railway requested too high a price for renewal of the contract.
See alsoFriends of Kidderminster Town Station
List of shops and sales coaches on the SVR
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 94, article by David Wilcock
- Friends of Kidderminster Town Station June 2015 magazine (Retrieved 4 May 2019)