Architect to The Railway King

1979 Original water colour painting by G T Andrews. York 1841 station

George Townsend Andrews trained as an architect in London and came to York in 1826 to supervise a significant development of the York County Gaol at York Castle. He stayed on, and in 1836 was commissioned to design a headquarters building for the York Union Bank which was chaired by George Hudson. Andrew and Hudson were still in their early 30s and became friends and confidants. So much so that Andrew was a member of Hudson’s committee which eventually raised the finance and secured the Act of Parliament to become the York & North Midland Railway Company.

Hudson’s vision and flair for mergers led to the incredible network of new railways which were developed and built between 1839 and 1849.