View of the London and Birmingham Railway cottages which stood above the railway off Warwick Road. The cottages dated from 1838 and therefore it must be assumed that they provided accommodation to senior railway personnel. Note that each house has an upper storey window bricked up, painted white to match the brickwork. John Hyde of Steam Archive writes 'Window tax was avoided by bricking up windows in new built houses with a view (no pun) to opening them up when the tax was lifted. Some people had a long wait as the tax was not repealed until 1851. So yes it was in force when the Warwick Road cottages were built. It was substituted by a tax on inhabited houses. The LNWR however never got around to opening the windows up.' On the right at road level was the offices and workshops of British Railway's road transport services where a number of Scammell Scarab's, a three or six ton mechanical horse comprising of a three wheel truck and trailer, could be seen. See 'lnwrcov554g' for a 1920s aerial view of the cottages.
Photographed by HW Robinson © Steam Archive