Hadleigh railway station

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Former Hadleigh Station - geograph.org.uk - 2268092.jpg
Hadleigh railway station in 2011
Place Hadleigh
Area Suffolk
Coordinates 52°02′27″N 0°57′38″E / 52.0407°N 0.9605°E / 52.0407; 0.9605Coordinates: 52°02′27″N 0°57′38″E / 52.0407°N 0.9605°E / 52.0407; 0.9605
Original company Eastern Union & Hadleigh Junction Railway[1]
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms 1
2 September 1847 Opened[1]
29 February 1932 Closed to passengers
1965 closed to freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Hadleigh railway station was a station in Hadleigh, Suffolk, the terminus of the Hadleigh Railway, a short branch line from Bentley Junction.

The terminus had goods sidings on both the south-western and north-eastern sides. The latter serving malthouses and which were also used as a running round loop. There was also a small engine shed.[2]

The station building was very ornate, if somewhat dwarfed by the adjacent malthouses, with attractive coupled chimneys and unusual windows with the frame and arch of stone.[3]

The decline in passenger numbers using the branch can be seen in the sales figures from 1923 which were 14,447 compared to 5,086 just five years later in 1928.[4]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Terminus   Great Eastern Railway
Hadleigh Railway
  Raydon Wood

The line to Hadleigh opened in 1847 and closed to passenger traffic in 1932, with freight services lingering on until 1965. Intermediate stations were at Capel and Raydon.

The station building still stands and is in use as a private residence.

A proposal to extend services by building a light railway between Hadleigh and Long Melford was reported in the Haverhill Echo[5] on 10 March 1900, but this wasn't built.


  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. 111. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ Mitchell, Vic (June 2011). Branch Lines to Harwich and Hadleigh. Midhurst: Middleton Press. plan XIII. ISBN 978 1 908174 02 4. 
  3. ^ Mitchell 2011, plates 114, 118, 119
  4. ^ Mitchell 2011, plate 114
  5. ^ "1900-1903HaverhillEcho.html newspaper archive". Foxearth and District Local History Society. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 

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