Charlton Kings railway station

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Charlton Kings
Charlton Kings 6 62562 1.jpg
June 1962
Place Charlton Kings
Area Cheltenham
Coordinates 51°52′33″N 2°03′17″W / 51.8759°N 2.0548°W / 51.8759; -2.0548Coordinates: 51°52′33″N 2°03′17″W / 51.8759°N 2.0548°W / 51.8759; -2.0548
Grid reference SO964196
Original company Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Western Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
1 June 1881 Station opens
15 October 1962 Station closes
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Charlton Kings railway station was a small station in Gloucestershire serving the village of Charlton Kings and the southern outskirts of Cheltenham Spa.


The station opened in 1881 with the opening of the Bourton-on-the-Water to Cheltenham section of the Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway, which was operated and later taken over by the Great Western Railway.

From 1891, Charlton Kings station was also served by trains on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway line, which branched off the Banbury and Cheltenham line at Andoversford and formed a north-south link between Cheltenham to Swindon, Andover and the south coast. The M&SWJR had running rights over the GWR line.

Charlton Kings was a small station with a wooden building. The line through it was particularly busy during the First World War and the Second World War with heavy troop and machinery movements on the M&SWJR. But traffic declined rapidly after the Second World War, and Charlton Kings also faced competition from road transport services. The station was reduced to "halt" status in 1956, with goods facilities withdrawn a couple of years before that.

The M&SWJR line closed to passenger traffic in September 1961, and services on the Banbury to Cheltenham line were withdrawn on 15 October 1962, when Charlton Kings station closed. There is no trace of the station today.

Chelsea Building Society bought the disused land around 2004 and built a second smaller head office to contain its expanding head office operations.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Cheltenham South and Leckhampton
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Midland and South Western Junction Railway
  Andoversford Junction
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway


  • Mike Oakley, Gloucestershire Railway Stations, 2003, Dovecote Press, Wimborne, ISBN 1-904349-24-2, pp35–36