|Died||2 March 1888|
Hardwicke Place, Gateshead
|Parent(s)||Thomas Prosser (Father)|
|Practice||North East Railway Company|
|Buildings||York Railway Station|
|Projects||Newcastle Central Station|
Thomas Prosser (c. 1817–1888) was the company architect of the North Eastern Railway Company, the first to hold the position.
Thomas Prosser spent his early years at Wynyard Park. It was here that his father, also Thomas, had been commissioned as architect in the rebuilding of Wynyard Park.
Prosser began his training in the office of architect Ignatius Bonomi (1787-1870) in Durham. It was Bonomi who was one of the designers of the Skerne Railway Bridge for the Stockton and Darlington Railway. The bridge is one of the oldest railway bridges in the world and the oldest still in use.
Prosser then went to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to work at the firm of John Dobson at the Newcastle Central Station project. It was Prosser who did some of the preparatory architectural drawings before going on to become the clerk of works. It was Prosser who drew up the plans for the station portico as a revision to the original design.
York Railway Station is another of Prosser's major works, with the train-shed regarded as ‘one of the great cathedrals of the Railway Age’.Prosser worked on the station in partnership with engineer Thomas Elliot Harrison.
Suffering with ill heath Prosser retired in May 1874.
"I ought perhaps to have taken this step sooner but I have hoped from day to day to recover so as to perform satisfactorily the duties to which I am so much attached."— Thomas Prosser – Letter of Resignation 
In recognition of his service the railway company granted Prosser a £300 a year allowance. These payments ran until June 1884 when they were transferred to his brother Robert, whom he was living with after his condition worsened.
Thomas Prosser died at his brothers home at Hardwicke Place, Gateshead on March 2, 1888. He never married.
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