Medals Related To Canals and Shipping from the Stanley Holland Collection

Date of Auction: 16th June 2010

Sold for £95

Estimate: £40 - £50

Great Britain, Institution of Civil Engineers, Telford Medal, 1828, a silver-gilt award after W. Wyon, bust of Thomas Telford left, rev. Menai suspension bridge, edge named (Telford Premium 1872, William Bell, M. Inst. C.E.), 58mm (BHM 1328; E 1206; Holland p.43). Edge nicks and marks, about very fine


Provenance: Bt J. Whitmore November 1993.

William Bell, FRIBA (1846-1919), architect from Darlington, started work at the North East Railway Co as a teenager and progressed to become the company’s chief architect by 1877. He built the town’s Bank Top station in 1887 and designed the stations at Alnwick, Stockton-on-Tees, West Hartlepool, Whitley Bay, Thornaby and many others in the north-east, as well as the first-class refreshment room at Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Central station, opened in 1892, now the Centurion restaurant and bar. Sold with further biographical detail and a copy picture of the recipient