Barnstaple Town railway station

Coordinates: 51°04′48″N 4°03′50″W / 51.07997°N 4.06383°W / 51.07997; -4.06383
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Barnstaple Town
The station in 1964
General information
LocationBarnstaple, North Devon
Grid referenceSS555332
Other information
Original companyLondon and South Western Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and South Western Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
16 May 1898 (1898-05-16)Station opened
5 October 1970 (1970-10-05)Station closed

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 £6,000 (equivalent to £711,100 in 2021),[2] of which £2,000 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][page needed] 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. ^ Clark, R.H. (1964). A Southern Region Chronology and Record 1803-1965. Oakwood Press.
  2. ^ UK Retail 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 11 June 2022.
  3. ^ Catchpole, L.T. (2005). The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway 1895–1935 (Eighth ed.). The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-637-X.
  4. ^ "Homepage". Combe Rail. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Barnstaple Junction   L&SWR Ilfracombe Branch
Terminus   Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
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51°04′48″N 4°03′50″W / 51.07997°N 4.06383°W / 51.07997; -4.06383