When a friend and I were walking from Morrisons’ pedestrian gate towards the railway station, she suddenly asked, ‘What’s that fantastic building?’ She meant

Barrs Court Railway Station. Removing the old shacks and sheds for the Link Road has opened a view of the full station front for the first time in years.

Designed by Thomas M. Penson, the Tudor façade built in 1854 is red brick with Bath stone trim, tall gables, trefoil-headed windows, and steep roof with groups of chimneys. This is confident Victorian architecture,

addressing beauty as well as function. What an asset to the City!

What if development of the station approach could keep at least the centre of the station fully visible – and add a small traffic circle with a statue and some low greenery in front of the entrance? The perfect statue for Hereford already

exists: King Offa of 8th-century Mercia now tucked away off Bewell Street at the side of Tesco. Move him here so everyone can see him and get a splendid welcome to Herefordshire.

Anne Harbour