Cornborough railway station

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Cornborough
Map BWHA Railway.jpg
Map showing the position of Cornborough
Location
Place Westward Ho!
Area Torridge
Coordinates 51°01′57″N 4°15′50″W / 51.0326°N 4.2640°W / 51.0326; -4.2640Coordinates: 51°01′57″N 4°15′50″W / 51.0326°N 4.2640°W / 51.0326; -4.2640
Grid reference SS413283
Operations
Original company Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway
Pre-grouping British Electric Traction
Platforms One
History
20 May 1901[1][2] Opened
28 March 1917 Closed[3]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Old railway cutting near the site of the halt.

Cornborough railway station was a minor railway station or halt/request stop in North Devon, close to Westward Ho!, serving holiday makers visiting the cliff walks and nearby beach.[4] It lay 1 mile and 75 chains[disputed ] from Bideford Quay.[5]

History[edit]

As stated, the halt was built to serve passengers aiming to walk on the Torrs, etc. It was in a very exposed area and trains were often reduced to a snail's pace due to high winds in winter.[6]

Infrastructure[edit]

Cornborough Cliffs Halt had a platform, but no shelter and was sited on the up side of the line next to the footpath at the waters edge. The line ran through rock cut cuttings up to this point.[6] No sidings or freight facilities were provided.[7] It was situated 3 miles and 30 chains from Bideford Quay.[8]

Micro history[edit]

In January 1901, the first train, with one carriage, ran from Bideford to Northam carrying a few friends of the Directors.[9]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Westward Ho!
Line and station closed
  Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway   Abbotsham Road
Line and station closed

References[edit]

Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway
Appledore
Lovers' Lane Halt
Richmond Road Halt
Northam
Beach Road
Westward Ho!
Cornborough
Abbotsham Road
Kenwith Castle Halt
Causeway
The Lane Halt
Locomotive shed
Strand Road Halt
0,0 Bideford Quay
Bideford
North Devon Railway
Notes
  1. ^ Jenkins, Page 44
  2. ^ Baxter, Page 8
  3. ^ Jenkins, Page 123
  4. ^ Jenkins, Page 110
  5. ^ Jenkins, Page 62
  6. ^ a b Baxter, Page 19
  7. ^ Jenkins, Page 141
  8. ^ Jenkins, Page 62
  9. ^ Baxter, Page 6
Sources
  1. Baxter, Julia & Jonathan (1980). The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore railway 1901-1917. Pub. Chard. ISBN 0-9507330-1-6.
  2. Christie, Peter (1995). North Devon History. The Lazarus Press. ISBN 1-898546-08-8.
  3. Garner, Rod (2008). The Bideford, Westward Ho! & Appledore Railway. Pub. Kestrel Railway Books. ISBN 978-1-905505-09-8.
  4. Griffith, Roger (1969). The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway. School project and personal communications. Bideford Museum.
  5. Jenkins, Stanley C. (1993). The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway. Oxford : Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-452-0.
  6. Stuckey, Douglas (1962). The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway 1901-1917. Pub. West Country Publications.