Graham’s comment to yesterday’s post raised the question of the angle in the viaduct. If you click the image above you’ll have a clearer picture of the GER’s massive goods depot – and this is without the transfer sidings and enormous coal viaducts a few hundred yards east.

The drawing shows the two rail-served levels at Bishopsgate. The upper drawing shows the plan at viaduct level, and the lower shows the street level with sub-surface lines marked on too. The angle in the brickwork which Graham queried in yesterday’s photo signifies the beginning of the northernmost siding of the yard (or field as the GE would have it) which served the ‘Continental Bank’ – one of the outer banks or platforms at the depot. It was so named as it was originally for continental traffic received from and sent to Harwich and Parkston Quay. The drawing must be dated post-1909 as St. John Street was been renamed Grimsby Street that year, and the position of the angle in the viaduct is clear.

Two photographs on this page give an idea of how things looked. The first photo looks out from the warehouse onto the field, and the housing on the left in the middle distance mark St. John (Grimsby) Street. The third photo shows the covered Continental Bank.

[edit] I won’t be modelling Bishopsgate Depot!

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