Henfield railway station

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Henfield
Henfield railway station 1909.jpg
Location
Place Henfield
Area Horsham, West Sussex
Grid reference TQ206161
Operations
Pre-grouping London, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
16 October 1861[1] 1 July 1861[2] Opened
7 March 1966 Closed
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
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Henfield was a railway station on the Steyning Line which served the village of Henfield. It was equipped with a siding which received coal to serve the Steam Mill and Gas Works.

The station closed as a result of the Beeching Axe in 1966 and now forms part of the Downs Link footpath. Nothing remains of the station today other than the name "Station Road". A housing estate named "Beechings" occupies much of the station's site, somewhat ironically given that it was British Rail Chairman Richard Beeching whose report recommended closure of the line.[3]

Henfield Station was used in the Second World War as the loading point for locally grown sugar beet to be transported North to London, and Betley Bridge where the line crossed the River Adur about a mile to the North was a strategic target for German bombers.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Partridge Green   British Rail
Southern Region

Steyning Line
  Steyning

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oppitz, Leslie (2001). Lost Railways of Sussex. Countryside Books. ISBN 1-85306-697-4. 
  2. ^ http://www.100megsfree.com/hhg/page3.html
  3. ^ Henfield History Group

Coordinates: 50°55′55″N 0°17′07″W / 50.9320°N 0.2853°W / 50.9320; -0.2853