Brightlingsea railway station

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Brightlingsea railway station (1960s).JPG
Place Brightlingsea
Area Tendring
Original company Tendring Hundred Railway[1]
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms 1
18 April 1866 Opened[1]
1 February 1953 Closed
7 December 1953 Reopened
15 June 1964 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Brightlingsea railway station was located in Brightlingsea, Essex. It was on the single track branch line of the Wivenhoe and Brightlingsea Railway which opened in 1866 and closed in 1964.


The station building was located on the southern side of Lower Park Road where the town's community centre now sits.

The station and line was built by The Wivenhoe & Brightlingsea Railway company. This was incorporated in 1861 to build a line from Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea which opened on 17 April 1866. The company was a separate, but associated, company to the Tendring Hundred Railway which had built the line from Colchester to Wivenhoe. The GER soon negotiated to buy both the Tendring Hundred Railway and the Clacton-on-Sea Railway, and both became part of the GER on 1 July 1883. The Wivenhoe & Brightlingsea was absorbed by the GER on 9 June 1893.[2]

The line was temporarily closed on 1 February 1953 following severe flood damage but was not reopened until 7 December that year.


The service was identified for closure the Beeching Report of 1963[3] and was eventually axed in 1964. This was supposedly prompted by the high costs of maintaining the railway swing bridge over Alresford Creek, which was necessary to allow boat traffic to the many sand and gravel pits in the area.

The station building stayed in place for four years after the railway's closure until it was damaged by fire in 1968. The building was finally demolished in November 1969.[4]

Remains of railway[edit]

The visible relics of the railway's presence today are the Railway public house and micro-brewery, and the old embankment which is now a footpath. It is possible to walk along virtually the whole length of the former route from very near the site of the old station in Brightlingsea along the old embankment to the site of the former swing bridge. This makes for a pleasant, scenic walk alongside the River Colne with its ecologically interesting salt marsh environment.

The nearest railway station is now at Alresford.


  1. ^ a b Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ "Railway Magazine", September 1959
  3. ^ "The Railways". St Osyth Parish Council. September 2003. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Brightlingsea station, Nov 1969 during demolition". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line closed, station open
  Great Eastern Railway
Tendring Hundred Railway

Coordinates: 51°48′34″N 1°01′14″E / 51.8094°N 1.0205°E / 51.8094; 1.0205