York has a number of iconic buildings, but one which most visitors walking into the City centre from the Railway Station will notice. The Railway is important as this is Main HQ, not just any Main HQ, The Main Headquarters of the North Eastern Railway, completed in 1906. As with a lot of these places the railway companies have moved out, was a big building to fill. It was also a building that I was lucky enough to work in for some years. The feeling of walking into somewhere like this is not the same with the modern steel and glass office blocks we are all used to now.
Last Sunday, Fathers Day, to celebrate a Golden Wedding Anniversary. And for good measure we’ll throw in 3 Birthdays, my family congregate around late June and early July. Me I’m December! We treated ourselves to Sunday Lunch in the Old Office not literally as I worked on the third floor. My Dad worked on the second, or so his memory tells him. My Sister had a short spell on the First floor and finally DH has attended meetings in various rooms.
I know it’s not always the fashion but Main HQ has been very sympathetically updated, a lot of things could have been changed such as the very wide corridors, the huge doorways with heavy doors. I’m told some of this is due to planning restrictions, thank goodness someone still applies these things. We were lucky enough to be given a short tour round the public rooms and some bedrooms/suites, I think they are used to the inquisitiveness of ex staff.
The food was excellent and the intolerant one even got to eat Yorkshire Pudding in a restaurant, after double checking! We were very impressed and the staff are very accommodating, I’m sure this place will benefit from crowds. Although we don’t need accommodation in York can see that this place will be full for York Race Meetings. One to put on the list for Afternoon Tea. Go and visit, if you can. The building alone is worth it.