Heathfield railway station (East Sussex)

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Heathfield
Heathfield Railway Station.jpg
Location
PlaceHeathfield
AreaWealden
Grid referenceTQ579213
Operations
Pre-groupingLondon, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms2
History
5 April 1880[1]Station opened
14 June 1965Station closed to passengers
26 April 1968Station closed to freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z

Heathfield railway station was on the Cuckoo Line between Horam and Mayfield, serving the market town of Heathfield.

It was built in 1880 by London, Brighton and South Coast Railway on the line extension from Hailsham to Eridge.

It was closed for passenger trains in 1965 but freight trains served the goods yard until 1968 when it was abandoned.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Mayfield   British Rail
Southern Region

Cuckoo Line
  Horam

Gas supply[edit]

In 1896 the LB&SCR drilled for water at the north end of the station. Natural gas was discovered at 312 feet. In 1898 and 1899 Charles Dawson gave several demonstrations with the gas and the railway began to use the gas to light the station. The natural gas was used for this purpose until February 1934 when the station was converted to town gas. The well was sealed in 1963.

Present day[edit]

An industrial estate and car park now occupy much of the station site to the south-east. Above them at road level (Station Approach), the booking office still survives as a shop and café.

As part of the extension to the Cuckoo Trail, the 265 yard long Heathfield tunnel north of the station was restored and reopened in 2002. There is now a lit footpath running through it and a skateboarding ramp just outside the south portal.

References[edit]

  • The Cuckoo Line, A.C. Elliot - Wild Swan Publications
  • The Historic Gas Times. June 2013. The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers

Coordinates: 50°58′11″N 0°15′00″E / 50.9697°N 0.2500°E / 50.9697; 0.2500