Blackfriars Bridge railway station

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Blackfriars Bridge
Blackfriars Goods Slope.jpg
Sloped approach road to the site of the closed Blackfriars Bridge station
Location
Place Blackfriars
History
Opened by London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Key dates Opened 1 June 1864
Closed 1885 (passengers)
3 February 1964 (goods)
Replaced by St. Paul's
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The closer pillars show where the original 1864 Blackfriars Railway Bridge stood; the bridge to the rear is the newer bridge. The platforms in the picture belong to Blackfriars station which juts out across the River Thames; they have been replaced since this photograph was taken in 2006.

Blackfriars Bridge railway station was on the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LC&DR); the station was opened in June 1864 and, for its first six months, was the northern terminus of a line from Herne Hill via Loughborough Junction. It was part of a scheme by the LC&DR to extend into the City of London financial district.[1] It ceased to be the terminus when the line was extended across the River Thames to Ludgate Hill where a temporary station in New Bridge Street was opened on 21 December 1864.[2]

The station was situated on the southern bank of the Thames, directly opposite St. Paul's station (now called Blackfriars station); it was connected to the north bank by the Blackfriars Railway Bridge. Until the mid-20th century trains along the line used the original 1864 bridge built by the LC&DR, but it was not considered strong enough for modern trains, and it was partially dismantled in 1984; trains now use the neighbouring newer bridge. Of the older bridge just the abutments remain, leaving an odd appearance in the river.[3]

In 1885, with the opening of St. Paul's station it was deemed no longer necessary for passenger requirements at Blackfriars Bridge, and so it remained open solely as a goods station. It remained in this capacity until 1964, outlasting several other stations on the line such as Camberwell which was closed in 1916.[4] Blackfriars Bridge station was largely demolished in August 1968.[2] Today, offices stand on the site of the goods yard, although a few remnants of the station still remain.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blackfriars Bridge station". Subterranea Britannica. Archived from the original on 2014-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Blackfriars Bridge Station". Railway Magazine 114 (810): 631. October 1968. 
  3. ^ "Blackfriars station". Subterranea Britannica. Archived from the original on 2014-02-08. 
  4. ^ "London's Abandoned Tube Stations". Archived from the original on 2004-10-10. 
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Blackfriars   London, Chatham
& Dover Railway

City Branch
  Borough Road

Coordinates: 51°30′30″N 0°06′11″W / 51.50833°N 0.10306°W / 51.50833; -0.10306