Wookey railway station

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Wookey Station.jpg
The railway station before closure
Place Wells
Area Mendip
Coordinates 51°12′51″N 2°40′22″W / 51.2142°N 2.6728°W / 51.2142; -2.6728Coordinates: 51°12′51″N 2°40′22″W / 51.2142°N 2.6728°W / 51.2142; -2.6728
Original company Bristol and Exeter Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
1 August 1871 (1871-08-01) Station opened
9 September 1963 (1963-09-09) Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Wookey Station
Site of Special Scientific Interest
A lane, cut into the ground on the right, leads to a red fence and large single-storey stone building
Area of Search Somerset
Grid reference ST531464
Interest Geological
Area 0.04 hectares (0.00040 km2; 0.00015 sq mi)
Notification 1997 (1997)
Natural England website

Wookey railway station was a station on the Bristol and Exeter Railway's Cheddar Valley line in Somerset, England. The site is a 0.04 hectare geological Site of Special Scientific Interest between Wells and Wookey Hole


The station opened on 1 August 1871[1] about a year after the extension of the broad gauge line from Cheddar to Wells had been built. The line was converted to standard gauge in the mid-1870s and then linked up to the East Somerset Railway to provide through services from Yatton to Witham in 1878. All the railways involved were absorbed into the Great Western Railway in the 1870s.

The Yatton to Witham line closed to passengers in 1963; Wookey station closed on 9 September 1963,[1] though goods traffic continued to the paper mills at Wookey until 1965. Wookey station had a small wooden building, unlike some of the other stations on the line which had impressive stone buildings. The site was cleared after closure.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Lodge Hill
Line and station closed
  Cheddar Valley Railway
Great Western Railway
  Wells (Tucker Street)
Line and station closed

Site of Special Scientific Interest[edit]

It is listed in the Geological Conservation Review because of the exposure of a 3-metre (9.8 ft) thick sequence of Pleistocene-aged cryoturbated gravels which exhibit scour-and-fill structures in their lower part. A small, silty channel-infilling has yielded an assemblage of palynomorph spores dating from the last (Devensian) glacial period.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 255
  2. ^ English Nature citation sheet for the site (accessed 9 August 2006)
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  • Oakley, Mike (2002). Somerset Railway Stations. Wimborne: Dovecote Press. p. 138.