Home today to a thriving weekend market scene, independent shops, cafes, restaurants and eateries, Green Park Station has changed quite a bit since it opened in 1869. However, there’s more than meets the eye at Green Park Station...
1. The station was not originally ‘Green Park’:
The station was originally named ‘Bath Queen Square’ in the 1800’s after the nearby Queen Square. It was rechristened ‘Bath Green Park’ when British Rail took over the station in 1954 and is today known as ‘Green Park Station, Bath’.
2. Home to the UK’s original Farmers’ Market:
Green Park Station proudly hosts the UK’s first ever Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday (9am-1.30pm) local producers and farmers pack out the market square stocking cheese, cider, bread, olives, fruits, vegetables, wild venison, bacon, sausages, cakes, eggs, charcuterie boards and everything in between. The Green Park Brasserie (in the former booking hall) produces a special Saturday Farmers’ Market breakfast sourced just a matter of metres from their kitchen.
3. What lies beneath:
Below the station is a complex route and system of arches, tunnels and cellars linking up beneath Green Park Station. Local traders who use the cellars have said to still hear ghostly whistles and blast of steam late at night.
4. 25 years of the Green Park Brasserie:
2017 marks 25 years of business for the Green Park Brasserie which occupies the station’s booking hall. Prior to the station’s conversion in the 1980’s the booking hall spanned inside to two stories before the ceiling was built in the Brasserie to create Bath Function Rooms which now occupy the floor above. Green Park Brasserie has become one of Bath’s longest standing independent restaurants with live jazz four nights a week.
5. Damage during the Second World War:
The April 1942 bombing which hit Bath saw surprisingly minimal damage to Green Park Station. Parts of the glass canopy roof were however damaged and left unrepaired until the station was decommissioned many years later before refitted as part of the building’s renovation.
6. Home to one of The Bath Festival's most popular events:
During ‘Party in the City’ musicians perform on the huge stage that takes up the width of the station to play to around 1000 people as the May Festival kicks off.
7. A link to the North:
Bath Green Park was a key link to the North of England. The station was a popular stop on the route between Bournemouth and Manchester, a hub for connecting the south to the north.
8. The derelict years:
Green Park Station was in terrible state for years after the station closed. The building fell into a derelict space as the tracks were pulled up for sale, the booking hall boarded up and the doors ripped out almost immediately after closure. It wasn’t until the Sainsbury redevelopment of the site that opened in the early 1980s when new life was breathed into the Green Park Station.
9. Music, theatre, comedy and more:
As well as The Bath Festival in May, the station hosts regular performers and events. Bath Spa University, The Bath Fringe Festival and Bath Boules League are regular users of the space - one of Bath’s only outdoor covered spaces. 2017 saw Bath Spa University students hosting a Spring Oktoberfest and a Street Food and entertainment evening.
10. A sensory experience:
Visiting Green Park Station today is a treat for the senses. The beautiful architecture of the Victorian roof; smells of wood fired pizza at Bath Pizza Co and flowers from the Painted Flower; music pumping from Resolution Records; the feel of picking fresh produce from the Farmers’ Market and the taste of coffee from Green Park Brasserie is a treat for all visitors.