Denmark Hill railway station
|Local authority||London Borough of Southwark|
|Number of platforms||4|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|– interchange||0.109 million|
|– interchange||0.127 million|
|– interchange||0.431 million|
|– interchange||0.465 million|
|– interchange||0.665 million|
|Original company||London, Brighton and South Coast Railway|
|1 December 1865||Opened|
|Listed feature||Denmark Hill Station, cutting walls and platforms, with Phoenix and Firkin public house|
|Listing grade||Grade II listed|
|Added to list||17 September 1998|
|London transport portal|
Denmark Hill railway station is in the area of Denmark Hill in south London, England, on the Thameslink, South London, Greenwich Park and Chatham lines. It is 4 miles 22 chains (6.9 km) down the line from London Victoria.
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. 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. 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 (equivalent to £890,000 in 2018).
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.
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.
On 14 December 2014, flames were spotted underneath a Southeastern train travelling from Victoria to Dartford as it approached Denmark Hill Station.
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. 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:
- 4 trains per hour (tph) Clapham Junction (London Overground)
- 4tph Dalston Junction via Surrey Quays (London Overground)
- 3tph non-stop to London Victoria (Southeastern)
- 2tph Blackfriars via Elephant & Castle (Thameslink)
- 2tph Kentish Town via Elephant & Castle (Thameslink); Mondays-Fridays AM continue to Luton railway station
- 2tph Sevenoaks via the Catford Loop (Thameslink)
- 2tph Orpington via the Catford Loop (Thameslink)
- 2tph Gravesend via Lewisham and Bexleyheath (Southeastern)
- 1tph Dover Priory via Bromley South (Southeastern)
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
- Camberwell a disused station is located nearby
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- The Buildings of England London 2: South, Second Edition 1983, page 625
- "A Station Church". Framlingham Weekly News. England. 18 August 1928. Retrieved 16 August 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "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.
- "The Phoenix arises at Denmark HIll". Illustrated London News. England. 1 November 1985. Retrieved 16 August 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- 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 27 January 2019.
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- Southern - Network map (central) Archived 7 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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- Train times and station information for Denmark Hill railway station from National Rail
- Planning documents for 2011/12 station improvements, Southwark Council,
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Elephant & Castle|
Victoria - Dartford Line
Chatham Main Line
or Elephant and Castle
towards Dalston Junction
|South London Line||
towards Clapham Junction
|Peckham Rye||British Rail
South London Line