Braunston and Willoughby railway station

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For the station serving Braunston on the Weedon to Leamington line, see Braunston London Road railway station.
Braunston and Willoughby
Braunston and Willoughby Stationhouse.jpg
Stationmaster's House in July 2009.
Location
Place Willoughby
Area Rugby
Grid reference SP524671
Operations
Original company Great Central Railway
Pre-grouping Great Central Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
15 March 1899 Opened as Willoughby for Daventry
1 January 1904 Renamed Braunston and Willoughby for Daventry
1938 Renamed Braunston and Willoughby
1 April 1957 Closed
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Braunston and Willoughby railway station was a station on the former Great Central Main Line.[1] It served the small village of Willoughby which it was located next to, and the larger but more distant village of Braunston. The station opened with the line on 15 March 1899.[2]

History[edit]

The station was one of the standard island platform design typical of the London Extension, though here it was the less common "embankment" type reached from a roadway (the A45 Coventry to Daventry road), that passed beneath the line.

The station was situated close to the village of Willoughby, Warwickshire and was originally known as Willoughby for Daventry[2] although Daventry itself was some five miles to the south east in Northamptonshire and already had a station of its own on another line (the London & North Western branch line from Weedon to Leamington Spa). Braunston, also in Northamptonshire, lay between the two, some two miles away and also served by the same LNWR branch that ran through Daventry, but it was Braunston that was found to be providing the new Great Central station with the bulk of its usage. This was reflected in a renaming on 1 January 1904 to Braunston and Willoughby for Daventry[3] (the for Daventry was eventually dropped in 1938[4]).

Braunston and Willoughby station closed to passengers and goods on 1 April 1957[4] and the line itself closed on 5 September 1966. The station buildings had already been removed in 1961-2 although the platform remained for a while longer. Today there is little left to see at the site. The twin bridges over the A45 have been removed and the abutment walls substantially lowered. The stationmaster's house remains, however. A short distance to the south of the station was the 13-arch Willoughby Viaduct crossing the River Leam: this viaduct has now gone.

The other line passing through the area - the former LNWR Weedon to Leamington Spa branch line, via Daventry, closed on 15 September 1958.

Route[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Charwelton
Line and station closed
  Great Central Railway
London Extension
  Rugby Central
Line and station closed

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Conolly 1976, p. 10, section B4
  2. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 251
  3. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 42,251
  4. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 42

References[edit]

  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  • Conolly, W. Philip (January 1976). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (5th ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176. 

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Coordinates: 52°17′58″N 1°13′59″W / 52.29953°N 1.23301°W / 52.29953; -1.23301