A SET of architects’ drawing showing the design for a row of railway houses in Lydney has been donated to the Dean Forest Railway.

The drawings given to the Dean Forest Railway’s museum by Mr Peter Williams of, Berkshire show the plans for Cookson Terrace.

The terrace was built in 1858 by the Severn and Wye Railway and comprised eight houses and a hotel.

The row of gabled houses built of local sandstone is now Grade II listed.

The three drawings are dated 1857 and are signed by the architect and the chairman of the Severn and Wye Railway, Joseph Cookson who gives his name to the terrace.

The drawings include the facade, bedroom floor and a coss-section.

The donation from Mr Williams, who lives in Wokingham, also included a number of Ordnance Survey maps, the latest edition of the Dean Forest Magazine reports.

They show the Severn and Wye Railway in the 1890s and include several that the museum did not have previously or have replaced reprints with originals.

Mr Williams also donated Great Western diagrams of sections of track allocated to line workers.

The gangs were divided into three grades, rura, urbn and intermediate with different pay scales.