Wolvercot Platform railway station

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Wolvercot Platform
Location
Place Oxford
Area City of Oxford
Grid reference SP493098
Operations
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
1 February 1908 Station opened
1 January 1916 Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Wolvercot Platform was a halt on the Great Western Railway line between Oxford and Banbury. The line is now known as the Cherwell Valley Line or the "Oxford Canal Line".

History[edit]

The platform was opened on 1 February 1908;[1] it was situated on the north side of Godstow Road,[2] and served the village of Wolvercote, but was spelt Wolvercot to try to reduce confusion with the nearby Wolvercote Halt on the London and North Western Railway's Varsity Line. Although only a halt, Wolvercot had once been staffed and during the First World War it became the first station to have a stationmistress. The lady in question was Miss Margaret Elsden, sister of Mr A.H. Elsden who became stationmaster at Birmingham Snow Hill. Margaret Elsden later married Frank Buckingham who became stationmaster at Oxford.[3]

The GWR closed Wolvercot Platform on 1 January 1916.[1] Wolvercot Siding signalbox, a 29-lever hipped roof structure which survived the closure, controlled the level crossing over Godstow Road as well as vehicular access to the adjacent meadows. The down starter in Wolvercot Siding carried the distant arms for Wolvercot Junction, 0.5 miles (0.80 km) to the north, where the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Line diverged north-westwards from the Birmingham Main Line.[3]

Route[edit]

Services were provided by steam railmotors based at Oxford, which was also the southern terminus; the northern terminus of these services was Kidlington, Blenheim and Woodstock, or Heyford.[4]


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Kidlington
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
Cherwell Valley Line
  Oxford
Line and station open

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Waters, p.128
  2. ^ Mitchell and Smith, fig.XIII
  3. ^ a b Jenkins 1987, p. 56.
  4. ^ Waters, p.77

References[edit]

  • Jenkins, Stanley C. (1987). The Woodstock Branch. Didcot, Oxon: Wild Swan Publications. ISBN 0-906867-51-7. 
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (February 2003). Didcot to Banbury. Western Main Lines. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-904474-02-0. 
  • Waters, Laurence (1986). Oxford. Rail Centres. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-1590-2. 

Coordinates: 51°47′06″N 1°17′11″W / 51.7851°N 1.2865°W / 51.7851; -1.2865