Churn railway station

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Churn
Churn Halt Station.jpg
Site of Churn Halt
Location
Place Churn Down
Area Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire
Grid reference SU517825
Operations
Original company Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Pre-grouping Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Western Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
6 July 1888 (1888-07-06) Opened (private station)
1905 Opened for public use
4 August 1942 Closed
8 March 1943 Re-opened
10 September 1962 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Churn railway station was a station on the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway in England. It served Churn Down, a remote part of the Berkshire Downs. The nearest village was Blewbury, two miles north, which was already served by Upton and Blewbury railway station, the previous station on the line.

History[edit]

This was a small and very isolated single platform halt with access only via an unmetalled downland sheep road. It was built as a temporary stop to accommodate a competition held by the National Rifle Association in 1888. However, from 1889 military summer camps were established near to the station which required the use of the halt as the only access to the site. Timetables provided that trains would not call at Churn unless prior notice had been given to the Stationmaster at Didcot.

Facilities[edit]

The station buildings consisted of no more than a simple wooden shelter and basic lavatories.[1] In order to provide deliveries of goods for the camps a small siding was built at the southern end of the station.[2]

In fiction[edit]

In 1905 it was the subject of a fictional crime mystery, Sir Gilbert Murrell's Picture, by Victor Whitechurch.[3]

Closure[edit]

The station closed in 1962 when the entire line was closed to passenger traffic. Freight operations ceased in 1966.

Routes[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Upton and Blewbury   Great Western Railway
Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
  Compton

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geocaching website
  2. ^ Karau, P., Parsons, M. and Robertson, K. (1984) An illustrated history of the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway, Wild Swan Publications, ISBN 0-906867-04-5
  3. ^ Whitechurch, Victor, Sir Gilbert Murrell's Picture (1905)