Barnstaple Town railway station

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Barnstaple Town
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The station in 1964
Place Barnstaple
Area North Devon
Grid reference SS555332
Original company London and South Western Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Platforms 2
16 May 1898 (1898-05-16) Station opened
5 October 1970 (1970-10-05) Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Barnstaple Town railway station was an intermediate station on the L&SWR line to Ilfracombe, England.


The first station named Barnstaple Town was originally opened as Barnstaple Quay in 1874, and became Barnstaple Town in 1886. It was located in Commercial Road and later formed part of the bus station.[1] The total cost of rebuilding the station in its later location was about £6000 (equivalent to £613,400 in 2016),[2] of which £2000 was contributed by the L&B.

Opened on 16 May 1898 to serve as the connection to the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway (L&B), a narrow gauge line that ran through Exmoor from Barnstaple to Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon, a distance by rail of almost 20 miles. Both lines were controlled by separate signal boxes.

Both lines came under Southern Railway ownership in 1923.[3] The L&B signal box was downgraded to a ground-frame and the LSWR signal box took over control of the narrow gauge line.

The L&B closed in 1935. The main line closed, along with the station, in October 1970.

During the 1980s and early 1990s the old LSWR signal box was operated as a small museum for the L&B and the station building was in use as a restaurant. The signal box is now (2007) empty but the station building is now used as a school.

Combe Rail[edit]

In late 2015 a charity named Combe Rail was formed with the intention of establishing a heritage railway on the trackbed of the Ilfracombe-Barnstaple line as well as lobbying for a full reopening in the future.[4]



  1. ^ Southern Region Record by R.H.Clark
  2. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ L T Catchpole: The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway 1895–1935 published by The Oakwood Press. Eighth edition 2005. ISBN 0-85361-637-X.
  4. ^ Combe Rail website
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Barnstaple Junction   L&SWR Ilfracombe Branch
Terminus   Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
(Goods Only)

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Coordinates: 51°04′48″N 4°03′50″W / 51.07997°N 4.06383°W / 51.07997; -4.06383