Shrivenham railway station

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Place Shrivenham
Area District of Vale of White Horse
Grid reference SU237875
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping GWR
Post-grouping GWR
Western Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
17 December 1840 Opened
7 December 1964 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Shrivenham railway station was a station on the Great Western Main Line serving the village of Shrivenham in what was then part of Berkshire.


The station was about 34 mile (1.2 km) south of the village, on the west side of the B4000 Station Road, south of the Wilts & Berks Canal.

The main station building was built in 1840. It was very small, faced with flint, had Tudor style windows and a roof that projected in the form of a canopy.[1]

On 10 May 1848 six passengers were killed and 13 injured at Shrivenham when two porters pushed a horse-box and cattle van onto the main line to free a waggon turntable. The Exeter express struck them; the locomotive was undamaged but the side of the leading coach was torn out killing six passengers and injuring 13 more.[2]

On 15 January 1936 an express from Penzance collided with some coal wagons just outside the station that had become detached from an earlier train. Two people were killed and 10 injured.[3][4]

On 7 December 1964 British Railways withdrew passenger services from Shrivenham and all other intermediate stations between Didcot and Swindon. The station buildings were demolished in 1965 but remnants of the platforms survive.[5]


A 1906 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Shrivenham

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line open, station closed
  British Rail
Western Region

Great Western Main Line
  Stratton Park Halt
Line open, station closed


  1. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1966). The Buildings of England: Berkshire. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 218. 
  2. ^ Rolt, L.T.C.; Kichenside, Geoffrey (1982) [1955]. "Chapter 8 - Stray Wagons and Breakaways". Red for Danger (4th ed.). Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 176. ISBN 0-7153-8362-0. 
  3. ^ Nock, O.S.; Cooper, B.K. (1987) [1966]. Historic Railway Disasters (4th ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. pp. 130–133. ISBN 0-7110-1752-2. 
  4. ^ Vaughan, Adrian (1993). The Great Western at Work 1921-1939. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 178–179. ISBN 1-85260-300-3. 
  5. ^ Burman, Peter & Stratton, Michael Conserving The Railway Heritage p. 82

Coordinates: 51°35′12″N 1°39′31″W / 51.5868°N 1.6585°W / 51.5868; -1.6585