Hampton Row Halt railway station

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Hampton Row Halt railway station is a former railway station in Bath, Somerset, England.

Architecture and opening[edit]

Hampton Row station from Kennet and Avon Canal

Hampton Row was named after the street that leads eastwards from Sydney Gardens. The station was built as a halt for the eastern suburbs of Bath. It opened as a railway station in 1907 for Great Western Railway stopping train services from Bristol, Swindon and Westbury, Wiltshire.

The station had two platforms linked by an iron foot bridge which still exists.

The station is on the south side of the river Avon, but to the north of the Kennet and Avon Canal which had to be relocated further south when the railway was built.

Subsequent history[edit]

The station was open for only a short period as at the same time trams and motor transport were becoming more commonplace. As a street, Hampton Row leads only on to the canal towpath, which limited the station's accessibility.

Closure[edit]

The station was closed on the 25 April 1917 as an economy measure during the First World War as with Twerton station, which served the west of the city. Neither station reopened when peace came.

Current uses[edit]

The station has been almost entirely dismantled showing up only as a vacant space between the railway lines and the road or canal embankment. A section of rail forms a barrier between a turning/parking area at the end of Hampton Row and railway property. Numbers 9-14 Hampton Row became derelict after Buchanan's Plan for Bath was released in the 1960s, with a new road intended to pass through the site. The houses were compulsorily purchased, but the plan never came to fruition.

References[edit]

  • Mike Oakley, (2002). Somerset Railway Stations. Dovecote Press, Wimborne.  ISBN 1-904349-09-9
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Bath Spa
Line and station open
  Great Western Railway
Great Western Main Line
  Bathampton
Line open, station closed

Coordinates: 51°23′26″N 2°20′45″W / 51.3906°N 2.3458°W / 51.3906; -2.3458