Denmark Hill railway station

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Denmark Hill London Overground National Rail
Recent Picture of Denmark Hill station building 2016.jpg
Denmark Hill is located in Greater London
Denmark Hill
Denmark Hill
Location of Denmark Hill in Greater London
LocationDenmark Hill
Local authorityLondon Borough of Southwark
Managed byThameslink
Station codeDMK
DfT categoryD
Number of platforms4
Fare zone2
National Rail annual entry and exit
2015–16Increase 7.001 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.431 million[2]
2016–17Increase 7.187 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.465 million[2]
2017–18Decrease 7.144 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.665 million[2]
2018–19Decrease 6.955 million[2]
– interchange Decrease 0.550 million[2]
2019–20Decrease 6.817 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.582 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Key dates
1 December 1865Opened
Listed status
Listed featureDenmark Hill Station, cutting walls and platforms, with Phoenix and Firkin public house
Listing gradeGrade II listed
Entry number1386053[3]
Added to list17 September 1998
Other information
External links
WGS8451°28′06″N 0°05′22″W / 51.4683°N 0.0894°W / 51.4683; -0.0894Coordinates: 51°28′06″N 0°05′22″W / 51.4683°N 0.0894°W / 51.4683; -0.0894
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Denmark Hill railway station is in the area of Denmark Hill in south London, England, on the South London and Catford Loop lines. It is 4 miles 22 chains (6.9 km) down the line from London Victoria. It is managed by Thameslink


A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Denmark Hill

The station was built between 1864 and 1866. Its design by Charles Henry Driver is in the Italianate style, with an extremely decorative frontage and French pavilion roofs.[4]

In 1920 the waiting room was used by The Mystical Church of the Comforter, founded by Mrs Elizabeth Mary Eagle Skinner, who was known as “The Messenger”. The waiting room was transformed by an altar, painted white and surrounded by the seven colours of the rainbow.[5] The Nottingham Evening Post for 17 June 1926 reported that babies were baptised, funeral services were read and even a marriage was solemnised. The porters and clerks of the railway company often worked to the accompaniment of hymns sung by the congregation.[6] The church is believed to have ceased to function after the death of Mrs Skinner in November 1929.

By the late 1970s the building had been neglected. In March 1980, arsonists broke into the booking hall and the resulting fire destroyed the roof. Initial work by British Rail engineers to make the building safe by demolishing parts of the remaining building triggered a protest campaign by the Camberwell Society. Following a joint initiative between them, the Southwark Environment Trust and the British Rail Director of the Environment, Bernard Kaukas, the building was restored in 1985 at a cost of £300,000[7] (equivalent to £920,000 in 2019).[8]

The project included the addition of a public house, initially called the Phoenix and Firkin to commemorate the fire, then called O'Neills and now the Phoenix. The building was given a Civic Trust award in 2009.[citation needed]

In the period 2011–2013 the station underwent a redesign with the construction of a new ticket office with access from Champion Park, new walkways and lifts to the platforms.[9]

On 14 December 2014, flames were spotted underneath a Southeastern train travelling from Victoria to Dartford as it approached Denmark Hill Station.[10]


The platforms are below road level, with the short Grove Tunnel at one end and Denmark Hill road bridge at the other.


The station is managed by Thameslink and is served by trains of that company, Southeastern, and London Overground.[11] It is in Travelcard Zone 2. It is on Champion Park in the south of Camberwell. It is near to King's College and Maudsley hospitals and to the Denmark Hill campus of King's College London, whose buildings are intermingled around and between the two hospitals. It is mostly served by local trains on the London Overground and trains from two London termini: Victoria and Blackfriars.

The May 2018 Monday to Saturday off-peak service in trains per hour is:


The station has 4 platforms, platform 1 being for services to Clapham Junction or London Victoria, platform 2 for services to Dartford or Dalston Junction , platform 3 for services to London Victoria or West Hampstead Thameslink and platform 4 for services to Dover Priory, Ashford International, Gillingham or Sevenoaks


London Buses routes 40, 176, 185 and 484 serve the station.

See also[edit]

Denmark Hill in 2009
Denmark Hill Platform 1 & 2


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. May 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Estimates of station usage". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Historic England, "Denmark Hill Station, cutting walls and platforms, with Phoenix and Firkin public house (1386053)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 16 August 2017
  4. ^ The Buildings of England London 2: South, Second Edition 1983, page 625
  5. ^ "A Station Church". Framlingham Weekly News. England. 18 August 1928. Retrieved 16 August 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Church in Railway Station. Rainbow Altar, Mystic Signs, and Woman Priest". Nottingham Evening Post. England. 17 June 1926. Retrieved 16 August 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "The Phoenix arises at Denmark HIll". Illustrated London News. England. 1 November 1985. Retrieved 16 August 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ 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 2 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Work starts to improve access at Denmark Hill station". Global Rail News. RailStaff Publications Limited. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Denmark Hill station shut after fire underneath train". BBC News. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  11. ^ Southern - Network map (central) Archived 7 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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