Aylesbury High Street railway station

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This article is about the former London and North Western Railway station. For the present station, see Aylesbury railway station.
Aylesbury High Street
Aylesbury High Street Station geograph-2211784.jpg
Aylesbury High Street Station in 1953
Location
Place Aylesbury
Area Aylesbury Vale
Operations
Original company London and Birmingham Railway (Aylesbury)
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 1
History
10 June 1839 First station opens
16 June 1889 Replaced by second station
25 September 1950 Renamed Aylesbury High Street
2 February 1953 Closed to passengers
2 December 1963 Closed to freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Aylesbury High Street railway station was the London and North Western Railway station which served the town of Aylesbury in the English county of Buckinghamshire. It was the terminus of a branch from Cheddington on what is now known as the West Coast Main Line running to London Euston Station and to Birmingham New Street and further north.

Two stations were built, the first being used as a goods terminus after its closure to passengers.[1]

History[edit]

The first station at Aylesbury was opened by the Aylesbury Railway on 10 June 1839; this was closed on 16 June 1889 when it was replaced by the second station, also named Aylesbury. The line was operated by the London and Birmingham Railway, and when that company amalgamated with others to form the London and North Western Railway (LNWR), the Aylesbury Railway was absorbed by the LNWR.[2] The LNWR became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, passing on to the London Midland Region of British Railways during the nationalisation of 1948. British Railways (BR) renamed the station Aylesbury High Street on 25 September 1950; it was then closed to passengers on 2 February 1953[3] and then freight on 2 December 1963.

Routes[edit]

The only intermediate station between Aylesbury and Cheddington was at Marston Gate.

A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Aylesbury
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Marston Gate   London and North Western Railway
Aylesbury Branch
  Terminus

The site today[edit]

The site is now occupied by an office block and a retail park.[4] The route into Aylesbury has been taken over by a road named 'Stocklake' and 'Vale Park Drive' (part of the A418 road), although the formation remains mostly intact along the route of the road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Extract from an OS map from the 1920s showing the High Street terminus. The site of the Station Street terminus is now in use as cattle pens.". Disused Railways. Fotopic.net. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 59. CN 8983. 
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 22. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ "The site of the High Street terminus platform looking towards the buffer stops". Disused Railways. Fotopic.net. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2008. 

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 51°49′00″N 0°48′26″W / 51.81678°N 0.80717°W / 51.81678; -0.80717