Grove Ferry and Upstreet railway station

Grove Ferry and Upstreet was a railway station in east Kent. It was opened by South Eastern Railway (SER), on the Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line between Sturry station and Minster station.

Grove Ferry and Upstreet
Grove Ferry Railway Station.jpg
Grove Ferry Railway Station 1907
LocationUpstreet, City of Canterbury
England
Coordinates51°19′27″N 1°12′24″E / 51.32408°N 1.20675°E / 51.32408; 1.20675Coordinates: 51°19′27″N 1°12′24″E / 51.32408°N 1.20675°E / 51.32408; 1.20675
Grid referenceTR 2352 6321
Platforms2
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companySouth Eastern Railway
Pre-groupingSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
13 April 1846Opened as Grove Ferry
20 September 1954Renamed Grove Ferry and Upstreet
30 April 1960Station closed to freight
3 January 1966Station closed to passengers

HistoryEdit

Grove Ferry station opened on 13 April 1846,[1] the rural station was built to serve the village of Upstreet and the ferry crossing of the Great Stour until 1966, when a bridge was built.[2] The nearby "Grove Ferry Inn" owned the rights to the ferry and farmed 17 acres (6.9 ha) of lavender,[3] creating a popular day trip destination up until the Second World War; this is now part of the Grove Ferry Picnic Area. The public level crossing and goods sidings leading to the ferry were operated from a small signal box.[4]

The station was renamed Grove Ferry & Upstreet in September 1954.[5] Goods traffic ceased on 30 April 1960,[6] The railway between Ashford and Minster was electrified on 9 October 1961.[1] A concrete footbridge was built at the station in preparation for this change.[5] The signal box closed on 14 March 1964,[6] and the level crossing was converted to automatic half barriers on 3 January 1966. The station closed the same day,[7] shortly before the introduction of a bus service over the new Grove Ferry Bridge, which would have undermined the low patronage.

Remains todayEdit

The station buildings and up platform have been demolished and only a few traces remain of the down platform. The broad steps leading to the footpath connecting the station to the village, although overgrown, can still be seen. Grove Ferry and Upstreet Station lives on in model form due to the efforts of the Ashford Model Railway Club, with the model occasionally being taken on tour.[8]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Chislet Colliery Halt   British Rail
Southern Region

Ashford to Ramsgate
(via Canterbury West) line
  Minster

ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 1995, Historical Background.
  2. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustration 64.
  3. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustration 62.
  4. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illstration 63.
  5. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustration 66.
  6. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustration 65.
  7. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1995, Illustrations 64 & 66.
  8. ^ "Layouts - Grove Ferry & Upstreet". Ashford Model Railway Club. 2009. Archived from the original on 30 December 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
Sources
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1995). Branch Lines Around Canterbury. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1 873793 58 8.