Spencer Road Halt railway station

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Spencer Road Halt
Location
Place South Croydon
Local authority Croydon
Grid reference TQ332643
History
Opened by Woodside and South Croydon Joint Railway
Platforms 2
Key dates Opened 1 September 1906
Closed 15 March 1915
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Spencer Road Halt railway station was a halt on the Woodside and South Croydon Railway opened in 1906 and closed on 15 March 1915.

History[edit]

1908 Railway Clearing House map of part the Woodside and South Croydon Railway, showing the surrounding lines.

The site is hidden in an alleyway between Spencer Road and Birdhurst Rise in South Croydon. The railway had hoped that passengers would change to the Brighton Line by making the ten-minute walk to South Croydon station but very few did.[1] Spencer Road was among several new stations and halts opened in the suburbs, including Reedham and Bandon),a to compete with the convenience of electric trams and to a lesser extent omnibuses, whose effect was being felt on railway income particularly with regard to shorter journeys.[2]

This map, still on display at Victoria Station, describes it as a "motor halt" (key to symbols)

Apart from a metal footbridge which carried the path between Spencer Road and Birdhurst Rise over the line, the halt consisted of just a pair of wooden platforms and nameboards. Oil lamps were also likely to have been provided. The platforms were reached from wooden gates on either side of the footbridge; a notice adjoining the gate was headed "Woodside and South Croydon Railway" and warned passengers against taking a short-cut over the railway line and use the footbridge.[3]

The halt closed in 1915 as a wartime economy, but remained intact until at least 1931. The remains were cleared by the Southern Railway in 1935 when it electrified and reopened the line. An up starter signal for Selsdon on a post made of old rails was subsequently installed on the site of the Up platform, and during the Second World War a tank trap was built on the site of the Down platform.[3]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Coombe Road   LB&SCR and SER
Woodside and South Croydon Railway
  Selsdon Road

Present day[edit]

The halt has been demolished but the footbridge remains in use. In 2008 double track was still in situ but heavily overgrown. The nearby underbridge crossing Croham Road is also extant.

[1] The adjacent scout hut, on the Up side, from the footbridge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knight, Andrew (1986). The Railways of South East England. Ian Allan Ltd. ISBN 0-7110-1556-2. 
  2. ^ Skinner, M.W.G. (1985). Croydon's Railways. Southampton: Kingfisher Railway Productions. p. 23. ISBN 0-946184-14-3. 
  3. ^ a b Course, Edwin (1986). London's Railways: Then and Now. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd. pp. 88–89. ISBN 0-7134-5257-9. 

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Coordinates: 51°21′43″N 0°05′16″W / 51.3620°N 0.0877°W / 51.3620; -0.0877