Thorington railway station

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Place Thorrington
Area Tendring, Essex
Coordinates 51°50′58″N 1°02′12″E / 51.8495°N 1.0367°E / 51.8495; 1.0367Coordinates: 51°50′58″N 1°02′12″E / 51.8495°N 1.0367°E / 51.8495; 1.0367
Grid reference TM092211
Original company Tendring Hundred Extension Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms 2
8 January 1866 (1866-01-08) opened
4 November 1957 (1957-11-04) closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Thorington railway station (also Thorrington railway station) was a station in Thorrington, Essex on the line (now called the Sunshine Coast Line) from Colchester to Walton on the Naze and Clacton, opened in 1866 and closed in 1957. The station was situated in between Alresford and Great Bentley.[1] It was closed due to its close proximity to the much busier station at Great Bentley, just half a mile down the track.


In 1859 the Tendring Hundred Railway Company was formed to extend the line from Hythe to Wivenhoe which opened on 8 May 1863 for both passenger and goods services from Colchester. By the time the Wivenhoe extension opened the line was operated by the GER Great Eastern Railway who bought the line from the Tendring Hunded Railway in 1883.

Thorington station was opened as part of the Tendring Hundred Extension Railway on 8 January 1866.[2]

Initially the station was served by a single track but the line was doubled between Great Bentley and Thorpe-le-Soken by the Great Eastern Railway in 1891. The Wivenhoe to Great Bentley section was doubled in 1898.[3]

Operation of the station passed to the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923.

In 1948 the station became part of the Eastern Region of British Railways.

The 1955 modernisation plan proposed the electrification of the line through Thorington but unfortunately the station closed on 4 November 1957,[2] and was the only station on the Colchester to Clacton Line to close.

In 2002, there was an unsuccessful campaign to re-open the station.[4]


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station open
  Great Eastern Railway
Tendring Hundred Extension Railway
  Great Bentley
Line and station open


  1. ^ Conolly, W. Philip (January 1976). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (5th ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 12, section E4. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176.
  2. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 228. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ Great Eastern Railway Society Journal 111 page 24 S Jenkins
  4. ^ Retrieved 14 November 2008. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]

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