Helmdon railway station

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Helmdon
Abandoned railway (North) - geograph.org.uk - 428875.jpg
The site of Helmdon GCR station in 2007
Location
Place Helmdon
Area South Northamptonshire
Grid reference SP586430
Operations
Original company Great Central Railway
Pre-grouping Great Central Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
15 March 1899 Opened as Helmdon
1928 Renamed Helmdon for Sulgrave
4 March 1963 station closed
1966 line closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Helmdon railway station served the village and civil parish of Helmdon in Northamptonshire on the former Great Central Main Line (GCR). It was the second of two stations in the parish, the first being Helmdon Village on the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway.

History[edit]

A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Helmdon (lower centre)

The GCR main line was the last main line to be built from northern England to London.[1] It opened for passenger services on 15 March 1899 and for goods services in April.[2] The station, originally named "Helmdon", opened with the line on 15 March 1899.[3]

From the station the line ran northwards on an embankment before crossing the valley on the nine-arch Helmdon Viaduct[4] over the River Tove.

Helmdon was the nearest station for Sulgrave Manor, which had been the home of George Washington's ancestors in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the 1920s the house was restored and opened as a museum, and in this connection the LNER renamed Helmdon station "Helmdon for Sulgrave" in 1928.[3]

British Railways closed the station to passengers on 4 March 1963[3] and to goods on 2 November 1964.[5] In 1966 BR closed the line and the station was demolished.[6] The viaduct remains.

Recently[when?] the road overbridge at the station site was found to be in poor condition, leading to permission being sought to fill it in. This permission has now been granted.[citation needed]

Route[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Brackley Central
Line and station closed
  Great Central Railway
London Extension
  Culworth
Line and station closed

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dow 1962, p. 339.
  2. ^ Dow 1962, p. 340.
  3. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 118.
  4. ^ Dow 1962, p. 322.
  5. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2006, fig. 83.
  6. ^ Mitchell & Smith 2006, fig. 84.

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Coordinates: 52°04′58″N 1°08′45″W / 52.0828°N 1.1459°W / 52.0828; -1.1459