Oundle railway station

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Oundle railway station.jpg
Place Oundle
Area East Northamptonshire
Grid reference TL046890
Original company London and Birmingham Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
2 June 1845 Station opened
4 May 1964 End of regular timetabled services[1]
6 November 1972 Definitive closure[2]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Oundle railway station is a former railway station in Oundle, Northamptonshire on the former Northampton and Peterborough Railway line which connected Peterborough and Northampton.[3] In 1846 the line, along with the London and Birmingham, became part of the London and North Western Railway. At grouping in 1923 it became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway.


The stations on this line were probably the most extravagant of any. They were designed by John William Livock and constructed in the Jacobean style from local stone. Originally the line was single and the Station house was of two stories with three gable ends facing on to the platform. The line was doubled in 1846 and a second platform contained simply a waiting room.

In common with stations built on this line at this time the sidings on either side were accessed by wagon turntables connected by a line across the running lines at right angles to them. The platforms were offset and this line ran between them, with a large goods shed adjacent to the main building. Later a further running line was added in the Peterborough direction and more sidings were added curving away into a new goods yard, using double slips off the running lines [4]

Initially there were three trains a day, rising to six by 1883. Since the station lay outside the town an omnibus or post horse could be hired from the Talbot Hotel. At grouping in 1923 it became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway.

Oundle was also the location of a substantial boarding school and special trains ran even after regular timetabled services finished in 1964. British Railways finally closed the line in November 1972.[5]

The section from Yarwell Junction to Wansford was taken over by the Nene Valley Railway but unfortunately Oundle was not included and the rails were lifted in the 1970s.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Barnwell   London and North Western Railway
Northampton and Peterborough Railway


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
  2. ^ Clinker, C.R. (October 1978). Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830-1977. Bristol: Avon-AngliA Publications & Services. p. 105. ISBN 0-905466-19-5. 
  3. ^ British Railways Atlas 1947, p. 17.
  4. ^ Preston Hendry, R., Powell Hendry, R., (1982) An historical survey of selected LMS stations : layouts and illustrations. Vol. 1 Oxford Publishing
  5. ^ Butler, P., (2007) A History of the Railways of Northamptonshire, Great Addington: Silver Link Publishing

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Coordinates: 52°29′20″N 0°27′37″W / 52.4889°N 0.4602°W / 52.4889; -0.4602